Any difference in SQ from USB drive storage to NAS playback?

Not sure if there is any difference in theory but.....

Should there be any difference in SQ of files played back through a USB hard drive or flash drive plugged directly into back of my streamer.
Vs the same ripped files accessed by internet from a  NAS?

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Showing 1 response by gdnrbob

Interesting question.
Though I am no expert, I think there might be a difference.
If I recall correctly, Sam Laufer's The Memory Player outputs files to memory before they are played. The result being higher sound quality.
So, it would seem using either memory, UDB or NAS, will result in differing playback.
Come to think about it, Aurender caches songs to a SSD  before playing music.
I'll put the question to Sam when I speak with him.