1- My suggestion is HDMI 2-I take two 3TB external drives connect to a laptop and just drag it to my external hard drive. Why two? You WILL have a HARD DRIVE fail sometime. I have an extra copy. I dont like the computer in the audio room. My other suggestion is run dont walk-sell your 103D and get a 105D. It does several things your 103D does not do. Start with a smoother sound with a better DAC. 3-I use JRiverprogram and app on a droid tablet and have replaced the HDMI cables with the best Emotiva cables with very good results and they are affordable
I am running JRiver from a server in the back room through Ethernet then an Ethernet to HDMI converter in the xmc-1. How do I configure JRiver for this?
That's a good one to ask over on the jRiver forum.
XMC-1 DIRAC Full; Oppo 105/Roku Ultra to Panny AE4000 w/106" screen; UltraRendu to LH Labs Geek Pulse X-Infinity; nCore nc400's or Prima Luna Premium Prologue to Maggie 1.7's; Rythmik F25; XPA-5 to CC-470v3 Center/ERD-1's; Thorens TD166 MkII/Denon DL207/XPS-1; 5-zone Sonos w/Def Tech AW5500's @ deck/pool/master bath & Sony SS-MB105/Polk R10 @ great room & kitchen. Two headphone setups: Hifiberry/BasX A100 and Allo BOSS/Schiit Asgard 2 (each to Senn 600's). PC w/Airmotiv 3b's. Roon user.