My objectives are to use the ALLO BOSS raspberry pi unit as a renderer (it comes with volumio preinstalled is my understanding), use my iphone/ipad to control it, and have my Windows 10 box do the server work. By default in Windows 10 you can do DLNA but I’ve found a major problem with it.
From what I can tell, DLNA alphabetizes the tracklist by name, not track order… so concept albums (think Dark Side of the Moon) come out in alphabet order which totally destroys the album continuity. I tried using plex on windows for a server, and plex inserts a small silent gap between tracks – not quite as bad as DLNA but again with DSOTM imagine short gaps between songs. No good. I have avoided Airplay because my understanding is it doesn’t support FLAC, which is the format of the music I have stored.
I now have Logitech Media Server running on windows and a squeezebox classic as a renderer – which is good, none of the DLNA or plex issues, but the darn squeezebox only outputs about 2.2 volts which requires turning up the old victrola to 11 to hear. Not a huge problem but if I forget to adjust volume the next time I change source, I’ll blow my speakers. Also, the squeezebox presentation is OK but not spectacular. I’ve come a long way from the days when I fretted over which coaxial cable sounded best between my transport and my DAC
So I am trying to understand what kind of SW can run on Windows that does not have the downsides of DLNA or Plex. I don’t want to drop a couple hundred on HW just to find out I’m back to DLNA or Plex behavior.
Does anyone have guidance for a bear with little brain?