Perhaps I've over-thinking this whole scenario but I'm in need of some input...
I have approx. 600 Gb of high bitrate mp3s on an external hard drive attached to the pc in my office. I want to be able to access the music on this computer over the network, as well as the avr in the living room and the avr in the bedroom. The living room AVR is a Marantz sr5005 that also runs a zone 2 on the patio. Getting music to this AVR is the main priority but I'm looking for a few things.
1.) Sound quality should meet (but does not need to exceed) the 320kb/s bitrate of the majority of the music.
2.) Navigating the library should be relatively easy. A simple scroll option will not suffice
3.) I'd really prefer that this NOT be an apple product - in fact I'd like it to be as agnostic as possible.
and 4.) I'd like to use as few new pieces of hardware as possible.
The wireless router is located in the living room so this device does not necessarily have to be wireless. I just need a simple interface to easily search through a large amount of music and play it with acceptable sound quality in at least one or two different rooms. What are some options that you guys/gals are familiar with? Thanks!