The Aria Piccolo is a brilliant music server/streamer, priced at £2000.00 (or £1600.00 if you prefer to use an external DAC it comes with a 2 terabyte hard drive, enough for most peoples music collection.
One of the the most important factors about the Piccolo is ease of use. You don't need a computer to use it, you don't need to be an expert in windows or suchlike, far from it.
It comes with an external CD ripper which connects to one of the USB sockets on the back panel, connect it to you network (hard wired is preferred, but it does offer wireless if running an ethernet cable is problematic). Simply insert a CD into the ripper, it pulls in the artist name, album name, track names and artwork from one of the 5 online databases (we've never caught it out!) and rips the disc to the internal hard drive. Once it's finished it ejects the disc and you move onto the next one, easy!!!
In terms of control the Aria app is available for both iOS and Android devices and is really nice to use (and stable as well!), it is loosely based around JRiver so the foundations are solid.
You can search your music via album, artist, genre, track all the usual sort of stuff, you can build and save playlists as well.
File support is extensive, it supports pretty much everything FLAC (uncompressed), WAV, Apple Lossless, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, MP3 and DSD.
It also offers Airplay as well which is neat, so you can beam content from an iOS device or a computer with an iTunes account on the same network - you can also use Airplay to stream Spotify or Tidal as well.
How does it sound? Effortless is the probably the best way to describe it. I'd confidently put it up against a CD player in the £1500.00 to £2000.00 price bracket.
We have one on demonstration in the shop, if you were thinking of getting into streaming but the whole computer side of things puts you off - the Piccolo could be just the answer!