I think the Bluesound would be perfect and only if your willing to spend $3K for a Aurender music server could you do better imo.
If you are planning to use an external DAC, you may also want to take a look at the Chromecast Audio as a streaming option. I was very skeptical at first but for $35 its got a pretty darn good performance. I also have a Bluesound Node2 in a different system and Chromecast when run through Schiit Modi Multibit, comes really close in terms of sound quality. Need a mini-Optical to optical cable to connect to a DAC. No brainer for $35.
@adg101 I have the Bluesound Node 2 - I treated it to good power cables and IC's - it surprised me as to exactly how good it can be.
- I got rid of my Schiit Bifrost DAC - didn't need it any longer.
As for the Node 2's streaming capability - first class
- great software interface
- upgrades always work
- excellent tech support
You will be able to compare the digital stream via the Node 2, to the CD version simply by switching inputs on you pre/amp
It will be interesting to hear your observations.
Regards - Steve
@williewonka what did you use for a PC? I ordered a Furutech FU-8N G (C7) IEC to roll my own. Thinking of using VH Audio Shielded Twisted Pair for the cable. Probably throw a Furutech F1-11M plug on the other end. Local shop has a good price on Nordost Silve Shadow digital cable so probably start with that.
@adg101 I use my own design - see this link
They are very good, but if that appears too complex - try the braided option - my last post at the end of this thread explains how to braid them
Hope that helps