What devices/components do we need to store our music library centrally and access it throughout the house? Also, what's a good wireless speaker solution?
Thanks to the answers to this question,
we now have an Onkyo TXSR308 receiver, which is providing lovely sound via three sets of speakers on the main floor of our house.
Now we need a better solution for centralized access to our digital music library.
Until now, the music library has been on an external hard drive, which gets plugged into the laptop when we want to access it using the AirPort Express that's connected to the stereo. But it's a pain in the neck to run upstairs to plug and unplug the HD, plus iTunes doesn't behave very well when its music library isn't always available.
So the first question is, what kind of device do we need to make the music library (currently about 100GB) always available to the stereo and other networked devices in the house?
Second question: we'd like to access our music library and streaming services upstairs via wireless speakers. Is Sonos a good (simple to set up, easy to use, cost-effective) solution? If so, what bits would we need to buy? Assuming we want music in two smallish locations upstairs, would we want two Play:3s plus a bridge?
Suggestions about other better wireless music solutions are welcome. As you can tell, my level of technical understanding is pretty meager. Thanks for cluing me in.