I am considering moving to Roon, but thought maybe as a starter I can get a MicroRendu or UltraRendu and use it with JRiver via DLNA.
Current setup: Laptop JRiver MC21 > USB (Wywires Platinum) > Wyred 4 Sound USB Recovery > USB (Paul Pang Audio Red) > Exogal Comet DAC
Proposed setup: Laptop JRiver MC21 > DLNA via ethernet > MicroRendu (with upgraded PSU) > USB (Paul Pang Audio Red) > Exogal Comet DAC
If the sound quality is better, that would be a good starting point and also allow me to transition to Roon if I decide to go that route. The downside I see is not being able to play other audio from my laptop to the DAC.
For those who may have had a similar direct USB connection and moved to MicroRendu, did you feel the sound quality was a noticeable improvement?