I am currently using a MAC Book Pro computer as my music server. Do any of the above listed servers (Music Vault, Baetis, Aurender, Musica Pristina A Cappella II, etc) completely replace my MAC Book Pro Computer? How do I rip CD’s to my external hard drive? Can I stream anything I want from the Internet including Tidal, Pandora, Calm Radio, Radio Paradise, etc? How do I control these music servers? Do I need an iPad, iPhone, etc? Can I connect my LaCie 3TB d2 USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series Hard Drive to these music servers?
Unfortunately, I have limited Wi-Fi access in my living room since it is far away from my Apple router. My assumption is the above music servers require Wi-Fi access from an iPad, etc. Is this correct?
Based on my research, it seems my MAC Book Pro computer provides the most flexibility and options when it is used as a music server. Some people have said that the above listed music servers provide a higher quality sound then the MAC Book Pro Computer (I do not know).