HI Chris, James,
Honestly, i am a bit baffled by your philosophy.
There's plenty of extras to be clicked on the Raspberry board. If an extra ethernet port wasn't an option, maybe you could have made an extra set of usb ports, just like on the BDP, and flip the board. Bryston has a complete opposite position on the BDP1/2, developing from 2 to 4 usb ports on the back, next to the Lan.
There really shouldn't be an either this or that with these kind of premium products.
How come you let the design specifics of a small board of about 35 $, set the design principles of a new premium Bryston product. Which probably won't be priced south of 1000$.
Beach- and party-users might not need the Lan, moving around, but office and living room users might very well do. I for one belong to the latter, always preferring a wired connection, especially playing the hires files i would you this product for over the home network.
Well, i guess this isn't a prototype anymore... all in all it seems a wonderful product, wishing you the best of succes with it.
There really wasn't much of a choice it was that or both the ethernet and usb ports end up on the back, whats more of an inconvenience ethernet on the front or usb ports on the back?