exaSound PlayPoint

Before you get too excited, the exaSound UPnP/OpenHome PlayPoint Network Audio Connector ($1,999) is only for exaSound DACs..."at present". The PlayPoint has a nice one-two punch "Ready" list that includes Roon Speaker and MQA, while also supporting AirPlay, Tidal (also via AirPlay), and HQPlayer. Of course, this being exaSound, the PlayPoint supports PCM and DSD resolutions beyond anything being sold (up to 32-bit/384kHz and native DSD256 up to 12.2MHz) so you are present and future proof. If you want to take advantage of that native DSD256 support, you'll need to run MinimServer on your NAS.

The PlayPoint also supports up to 8 channels for multichannel playback. Ins and outs are limited to Ethernet and USB and the PlayPoint should hit the streets in two weeks.

I typically enjoy my listening time in the exaSound room and this year was no exception listening through the exaSound PlayPoint/e22 MK II DAC ($3,499 see review), Pass Labs X250.8 amp, and a pair of Magnepan 3.7i.