I own an Esoteric N-05 and a Lumin U1. The U1 doesn’t have a DAC so that doesn’t help you. However, both units manufacturers recommend you use a NAS and MINIMServer. My understanding if you use a USB drive vs. a NAS, the application’s functionality will be limited for both devices. Lumins are MQA ready and Roon compatible, the N-05 is MQA ready and Roon capability is on the way. Also, I believe the DAC in the N-05 is better than the one in the A1.
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