I'm not sure there is a problem. Your system works now and is self-contained within your intranet. It should work just like it does now until something wears out. The fact that Logitech isn't supporting it anymore just means you won't get possible improvements or new features added. The only thing I can see going away is Logitech's 'my squeezebox' web site and if you strictly use the LMS on your local machine that wouldn't affect you.
I agree that there is no hurry to change. But I will continue to lose functionality in the Internet radio arena, as new things like Beats audio are unsupported and the company has said they are not working on a Squeezebox interface. It's viewed as a dead market from their concern.
I likely still have several years left before making a move, and who knows what will change in that time period, but I'm trying to gauge what options might be reasonable now.
I think your post is somewhat pointless.. and I don't mean that in a mean way :-)
Things are happening at such a rate of progress that whatever recommendations I would make today will most likely be useless in 2-3 years or whenever you decide to change things around.. and I hate to say this but your Squeezebox products are effectively dead, since Logitech no longer makes them or really supports them much either :-(
But if it was today that you were going to change things then there's a few items to consider:
Bluesound.. It's a new player and it's about where Sonos was 10 years ago.. a few teething pains but it looks very nice and the reviews have been excellent.
Sonos, is great, best interface but no support for HiRes, and there probably never will be..
Sonore, the Sonic Orbiter or Rendu, would be a replacement for the transporter. And best thing is they run off LMS so it wouldn't need much reconfiguring
Auralic, has the new ARIES units coming out in May.. these promise to be amazing..
Sim Audio has the Mind.. lot's of good feedback on that.
Linn.. but they don't have any simple units for multi- room applications
Lumin.. but same as Linn..
Thanks for the response. Yes, you're right, things do change quickly and therefore I will need to continually reassess the market to see what might be best for eventually replacing my Squeeezebox-based system.
The Bluesound sounds really interesting. It's something to watch, anyway. And I'll have to look into the Auralic, as well, since you say that it can use the LMS.
There are alternatives. Having had Logitec replace my SBT once already, I feel like I am living on borrowed time. But there is the Pogo player/streamers, that you control with a laptop, tablet or smart phone that has music player software (like JRiver) installed on it. But for now, like you, I am keeping my fingers crossed that my SBT outlives me.
headsup: LMS runs on Mac Yosemite, but you need to get the latest "beta" version 7.9 at downloads.slimdevices.com
My two Logitech Touches sound great (one using internal DAC, one external) and are easy use for internal home purposes, driving a local iTunes database. I love that they can synchronize.
Bluesound is looking VERY interesting but no rush as long as the SB Touches hold up.
I sold my Touch and bought the Bryston BDP-2 player.
Here is another option, but I don't have it available yet because it is under development:
DLNA wired Ethernet renderer with AES, S/PDIF Coax and I2S outputs. This will allow you to stream hi-res up to 24/192 using wired Ethernet and will deliver low-jitter digital to the DAC of your choice.
Availability estimated at Q1 2015.
Audioengr--Good to know you're building an Ethernet renderer. I was planning to buy a renderer now, but I'll wait until yours is available and give it a shot.
NEtwork streamers targeting audiophiles would seem to be ripe turf for some good new products these days. Its something that would get my attention.
What media servers will that be tested with and why no wireless network connection?
Mapman - I will test it with different Mac and PC computers and portable devices. The computer used should have no effect on SQ.
Wireless limits to 44.1. You can always add an Apple or other device and cable to make it wireless.
I believe internet radio sampling rate is limited to 44.1, but...
My Jriver Id Ethernet DLNA renderer ($295) can also operate wirelessly with PCM sample rates greater than 44.1 (i.e 96,192). This is confirmed when my DAC connected via usb to the Id shows the higher sampling rates.
I do plan on replacing the Id in the future it with a device with non-switching power supply and without a fan and not limited to USB output only.