My HiFi is in my sitting room and my ALAC files are on external HDD (Drobo) connected to my iMac in the study. I currently stream music from iTunes on the iMac via Ethernet and Devolo Homeplugs to an Apple TV in the sitting room, which is connected by toslink to an Arcam rDAC - amplifier - speakers. I intend at some stage to upgrade the DAC (maybe to a Graham Slee Majestic DAC). Nothing is wireless with the exception of using Apple Remote on my iPad to control iTunes on the iMac. My ALAC files are referenced by iTunes rather than being within the iTunes library.
OK, that’s what I’ve got, but I want the flexibility of being able to put FLAC and hi res audio through my future DAC.
Will I be able to do this with the Raspberry Pi / HiFiBerry Digi / Volumio combination? I would connect the unit via Ethernet and Homeplug. Would I be able to configure it fetch the audio files from the HDD connected to the iMac? Would I be able to control the Volumio software from my iPad even if the R Pi doesn’t have a WiFi dongle?
OK, those are my initial questions. I look forward to hearing from you.