Have a good USB DAC? Check. Want to turn it into a networked device without changing one item on the DAC? Check.
Over the last couple years I increasingly wanted a specific product that didn't exist. I wanted an ultra simple device with Ethernet input and USB audio output. This seems like such an obvious product that should have been available since the day the first USB DACs hit the market. Especially because so many of the network addressable DACs have big problems with file types, compression schemes, gapless playback, etc… Plus, if the sound of a specific USB DAC is what the listeners want, but they also want the functionality of a networked DAC, they should be able to bridge the gap. This isn't rocket science and this isn't the 1980s. Tiny ARM
based Linux compatible single board computers are everywhere. It's time for the Internet of Things and running on this IoT
are millions of tiny devices that can be used to create a simple Ethernet in and USB audio out device. As The O'Jays
, The Kinks
, and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
said, Give the People What They Want. Thus, the SOtM sMS-100 Mini Server was created. We finally have a physically simple device that converts network audio streams into USB audio streams for playback on nearly any popular USB DAC.