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A schematic of the envisioned components in this setup would help me think about options. My first reaction is to say, get an airplay2 DAC, send the content on your Mac to it and you are done but it sounds like you have more changes in mind than just replacing a wire with wireless.
Doesn't that require a computer of some sort?
Finding a good server and a good DAC in the same box is unlikely. You can stream using a $399 Sonos Connect, but the DAC in it is crap. You could connect it with S/PDIF coax and a good reclocker to a good DAC, like a Metrum acoustics and achieve what you want. This is probably the cheapest way to get there. Sonos can be controlled from an iPad or iPhone for streaming, but you will need a network storage for playing local files. Only plays 44.1 however. Metrum acoustics also has some turn-key solutions including DAC/Headamp. Check them out.For hi-res, you need something like a Bluesound and a USB DAC. The Bluesound will hold your local files, but you are at the mercy of the SQ of both. The USB needs a regenerator like the tx-USBUltra from SOtM and a good quality USB cable like the Wireworld Platinum.Steve N.
Cocktail audio players could be an option for you.
An AC buddy pointed me towards this: https://orchardaudio.com/shop?olsPage=products%2Fpcnp-strmrA very small, barebones, hair shirt, high quality Pi based streamer/DAC with volume control for $450 USD. No screen, only ethernet and USB inputs, only RCA/XLR outputs, but also wireless for remote use via phone, tablet, or computer. Hand made in the US by an engineer.
I am still a fan of Bluesound for the price. I think the the Node 2i and Vault 2i are very good values and one can spend the extra money on a DAC of choice. There are many other upscale brands but they come with a much higher price. Innuous and Lumin come to mind.
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