Why do you think that the overhead from Remote Desktop or remote assistance will be a problem? RDP was my immediate thought about a simple solution. I'm about to do something very similar.
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I don't know if running programs in the background will take away resources that would affect the SQ. Maybe not. Perhaps, it depends on the processor. Please let me know if you can configure RDP so that the audio stays on the streaming laptop - and doesn't get transferred to the remote. BTW, creating a RDP link can be challenging. My streaming laptop has a local login. The RDP app will request credentials for a username and password. The password is the same. The username is: localacccount\username. If you use Onedrive, it will be microsoftaccount\username. Crazy!
Success! My Surface RT is now remotely controlling the Tidal menu on the streaming laptop while the audio is playing on the big rig. Previously, I downloaded the Remote Desktop app from the MS store. This version doesn’t offer options to configure connection settings. The Surface has a built-in Remote Desktop app that does offer a settings menu - under ’Show Options’. Audio is located under ’Local Resources’. Check ’Play on remote computer’. Works great!