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A simple way to get what you want would be to just add a Sonos Connect. Your setup would go like this:
SonosConnect -> C2600 -> MC275
Use the Coax out from the Sonos Connect to the C2600. This will bypass the onboard DAC in the Connect and use the DAC in the C2600. You also need to set the Connect output to FIXED via the Sonos app.
Now you can just use the Sonos app to stream your Apple Music and any other streaming service available via Sonos. Note Sonos does not support hi res streaming... but you aren’t using that anyway via Apple Music. Enjoy.
Fair point Mahler, but part of being a newbie is not fully knowing what one's options are. Frankly nearly all the devices I was researching were touting Tidal, so I looked into it, and realized the HIFI membership was only a tad more expensive than what I was already paying for Apple Music.
Reviewing depths of your prior posts I see you're very knowledgable, and appreciate your response.
Would I be far off thinking that perhaps the Node 2i is where I need to be looking to support, both 'casual' Apple Music streaming, Tidal HiFi/MQA streaming, playing my current music collection from disk (ALAC), as well as Apple 2 compatibility for multi-room support, which in retrospect is more clearly what I want to do.
The Node2 is a good choice. I had some problems with the Bluesound multiroom deal, but I’m using it now to demo Qobuz, which the OP may want to investigate along with Tidal. If you go with Bluesound, I suggest starting with one unit only, and using a wired connection (not Powerline Adapters).
Sorry if I popped off a bit, but they it came down was like a car buyer saying he doesn’t want anything fancier than a Honda Fit, and then in the next breath wanting to compare Mercedes vs BMW. I had tailored my original response to the presumed budget recommendation for background listening