Sony 5400. Might only be 2 channel,but def. has hdmi out.
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Although the Oppo's own user interfaces (whether displayed on a TV, a monitor, or even via Oppo's MediaControl app on a tablet) may be limited, one does not necessarily have to use any of those interfaces to play digital audio files. Unlike earlier Oppos, the current generation of 10x Oppos include DMR (Digital Media Renderer) capability which, for example, allows me to use JRiver software to control the playing of digital audio files stored on my laptop's internal or external harddrives. JRiver software is pretty robust.
From the original post I thought he wanted a solution that did not involve a computer.
If he is going to use JRiver why not just get a computer with HDMI out for the TV and go directly from the computer to the DAC? No need for an Oppo in that configuration. And, if using a computer then a large monitor might be as good as a TV.
@Gz3027 - Yes, the Oppo would play my digital files to my 2 channel system, with remote control music library management output to a TV, just as I would want. But unfortunately I don't want to pay for the Oppo's BR drive along with all of its video capability when I only want audio.
@Dtc - you are correct. I don't want a PC solution... But that WOULD be easy. And you may be correct in that want I want may not exist. (except in the form of inexpensive media players like the NeoTV, Apple TV or the WDTV).
But I will keep checking this thread for suggestions...
I have an imac streaming to my Bifrost DAC, which supports asynch USB.
I use iTunes for library management, since it allows mw to view the content by artist, album, composer and genre and allows me to create playlists of favourites.
I use Audirvana to bypass the crappy Apple routines that colour the sound - and I control the whole thing from my armchair on my tablet using a program called Retune - which has all the functions of iTunes
I currently stream everything up to and including 24/192
You don't need a monitor, so you could do it with the small Apple Mini - which does 24/192
Hope this helps :-)
One option is to get a Mac Mini which has HDMI out and run one of the Mac players - Pure Music, Audiovarna or even J River or even iTunes to get started. You can use either Toslink or USB to connect to a DA. You can get a remote or use a blue tooth mouse/keyboard to control it or use a tablet. It is a computer, but a pretty minimal one. I am not a MAC guy so am no help on the details but a lot of people use them so the details are out there. You might check into that solution.
I had forgotten about the Baetis. It is not talked about much but it is an interesting product. It is basically a purpose built PC running Windows and J River with a S/PDIF output. My one observation is that it is still a Windows machine. When you read the accounts of someone needing technical support to connect a disk drive, you realize it is more like a PC than a stand alone music server.