At present I store my music on four external 2TB USB drives. I also have an additional four drives for backup. All drives are connected to my PC (I am running Single PC at present) via a powered USB hub. This means that I have a mass of untidy cables in the listening room, in close proximity to my equipment rack. Software on my system is JPLAY Femto/AO3 Beta/Fidelizer Pro/Process Lasso.
Although I haven't looked into it seriously, I am wondering whether or not subscribing to a service like Qobuz would provide a viable alternative to storage on external USB drives. I presume that Qobuz would offer streaming at 16/44 and hopefully, at higher resolutions. Would there be any degradation in sound quality if I used a subscription service and would I have to have my PC connected to the router via Ethernet cable or would a wireless connection suffice? I already have an Ethernet cable running under carpeting to my home office. I guess I could connect a second Ethernet cable to run my computer audio setup but would prefer not to. As I intend to move home in the not too distant future, I don't want the trouble of setting up anything too permanent for the time being. I would perhaps like to retain a single external USB drive if I went the streaming route, to store albums that were not available via streaming.
I presume that JPLAY and my other software can be made to work with a streaming service. Is it easy to set up and if so, how does one set about doing it?
I should be grateful for any experience that friends on the JPLAY Forum can share.