Daphile is easy to use even for the novice, it's stable, it works flawlessly and the sound it produces is magical especially for high-def and DSD recordings. I run it on an ITX mini computer with 4GB memory which I keep running 24x7; I have a 2 terabyte external drive attached to it with the music files. I also use Pandora and Spotify via Daphile plugins. I have an external cd/dvd attached which I use for ripping CDs. I use the built in CD ripper and the built in backup function to backup music to a NAS (I could have set Daphile up to read the music directly from the NAS but I like having the music files directly attached to the mini-PC instead of going over a network). I use my laptop PC and/or tablet or phone (using Orange Squeeze) as my interface with Daphile. I take the USB output from the Daphile mini- ITX and run it thought a Benchmark DAC for my main stereo. Sweet! I also can play music through a Squeezebox radio or Boom. I have used Daphile since it's beginnings coming to it after Logitech dropped support for Squeezebox and since I have never even thought of going to something else like Sonos. I'm not sure I understand the reviewers issues. For me Daphile just works and performs beautifully with no fuss. Bravo to the developer Kimmo!
I have Daphile running on a HP Thin client T5730 I bought second hand for very little money. My music is on a NAS. I have connected Daphile to my living room stereo over USB (my pre-amp has a built in USB DAC). I don't recognise the installation problems reported in the review. I am very pleased with Daphile. It costs almost nothing and in return you get a very reliable and stable music player with high-end music quality. Daphile integrates with my stereo - I can use the remote of my pre-amplifier for basic transport commands to Daphile (play/pause, next, previous and volume control). Daphile is stable and robust and the maker is extremely helpful and responsive - support is better than for many commercial products.
An excellent headless server. I am running mine on a really old VIA 1GHz based thin client with a 2Gb IDE SSD flash drive and 2Gb of RAM so it is the 32 bit version. This runs out through the headphone socket to some very old PC speakers. It is very easy to use and I did have an issue with sound output, but this was down to output via the headphone socket (the only available sound out). A few settings changes and added some modules, all sorted out and I am quite happily listening to live radio. It picks up my home brew NAS servers as well as my Qnap, so I can listen to music through that. Audiophiles may not like the sound out put, but that is usually down to speakers in use.
I am very impressed with this and the re utilization of old hard ware is to me a must and that fact that it is 32bit as well as 64bit is extremely helpful in this process.
Overall, very good. Only one issue was the sound output, but really that was my issue. The system foot print is small which is very good too. I recommend, especially on older hard ware.
It is the best solution for listening to the best high quality music. I'm using a Celeron processor NUC, dedicated only to that, and the music is stored on a NAS. We have tested other solutions, but from the point of view of sound quality and ease of use, Daphile always came out first
Apart from only being able to rip CDs to FLAC, and not MP3, there is very little I can find to fault Daphile. The interface is nice to use, although it does help if you have used Logitech's media server software before. You can operate it from the machine itself or remotely from a web browser.
I have Daphile running on an old Dell laptop with a broken screen. This is plugged into a small USB mixer which I use as a DAC (Digital to Analogue Converter). The output from the mixer is via two RCA phono sockets and is plugged directly into my hi-fi amplifier. The mixer is easily found as the sound card and the sound quality is excellent.
Configuration is simple but you do have to hunt around for some settings.
My entire CD collection sits on the laptop's hard drive so it's like having a huge jukebox. However, I had to rip my CDs on another machine using RipperX and copy them to the laptop because I wanted MP3 files not FLAC.