How are you connecting via Ethernet?
I ask this because we are preparing for the LAAS show next week and I called Oppo to confirm how to connect via Ethernet vs. USB for computer Audio.
When using ethernet connection, it must be done via a DLNA connection and all audio processing is done in the Oppo, not the computer. Essentially the computer is simply transmitting music files to the processor in the Oppo.
USB out to Oppo is different. In this case, J. River or other can be used of course and all audio processing is done in the computer.
Which sounds best? I don't know. When I asked the Oppo tech this, he said it really depends on which does a better job of processing the data, computer or processor in the Oppo.
Also, as far as choosing tracks, music libraries, etc., when using DLNA/Ethernet or WiFi, you may control it from a phone/tablet app, but the interface may not be as 'friendly' as a music server such as J. River.
I have found that Logitech Media Server ALSO works as an interface and I believe that this will control music via WiFi and ethernet, because this is how the Transporter/Squeeze Box/Touch devices work.
When asked about the app and improvements to it, the tech acknowledged that the app can and will be upgraded based on customer feedback, etc.
I just know that there were some questions and I didn't have all the answers my self.
To sum up:
Computer USB connection to Sonica (or UDP-205) is still probably the most user-friendly connection and how many of us will still use it.
WiFi and Ethernet are other ways to connect and I know from experience that with the phone/tablet app, it is not hard to play music this way. I can access ANY music library on my network this way, including LAN.
Optical and Coaxial inputs are also of course useful for connecting to a CD/DVD player, Sonos, Squeezebox or other music source.
Lastly, you can also of course connect a static USB storage device, such as a thumb drive or larger USB drive. Again, you would control playback via the app.
I hope this helps.
We will be at LAAS next week with two modified Sonica's at the Headphone area, feeding a pair of our Tryst tube headphone amps and a UDP-205 player into a KWI 200 integrated amp in a room with Studio Electric and WyWires.
Thanks and I hope to see you there!