I have a hard time ignoring... It's just that there isn't much magic to data streams. What I do have a hard time with is with many of these discussions on this topic, somebody uses new box and it's tons better... But in most cases it's more about they had a horrible noisy signal path to begin with. It's a bit harder "for me" to trust anecdotal reports with computer music.The “bits are bits” comments are well worn at this juncture. For those who derive happiness and contentment with very basic lower cost audio streaming, very good for you.
I have come across so many who began at that stage and subsequently moved onward and upward. The vast majority report much improved sound quality with higher quality server/ audio streaming products. Too many to ignore. I believe their subjective listening experiences.
No doubt, to each their own.
My only real problem is I don't have enough money. It all went to the big three and I got my mercury specifically for the drive and I2S. There are certainly other streamers I'm interested in. How could they not be better than my little Pi4? Heck, my LPS is cheap too... God, it's never ending that's for sure. I guess I'll have to find out at some point.
Do have a favorite? Genuinely asking.