you may find on various products. Your external DAC need not be a dedicated component. A modern receiver with digital inputs will work perfectly well too.
The NAD M50 is a perfect example of a “server-only” DMP but terfacing with computers, tablets or smartphones should you choose to. Finally, the M50 adds one last but important feature; its optical drive, which allows it to play CDs directly, or rip them to the M52 Music Vault in about 10 minutes. The Sonos wired / wireless HiFi system is perhaps the most popular DMP in the world. However, it doesn’t fall neatly into either product category. It consists of Sonos speakers and a device like a smartphone or a tablet running the Sonos App. Unlike traditional passive units, Sonos speakers are active. They contain a built-in music streamer, DAC, amplifier and the speaker itself. When you play music with a Sonos system, the app wirelessly streams the content to