I currently have a whole house audio distribution setup that works but has some problems so I'm looking to see if anyone has any ideas on a better solution.
The amplifier itself is a Channel Plus MDS-6 that takes up to six line-level inputs. All of my music (MP3 files) is stored on a dedicated PC and I have four Slim Devices SLIMP3 units connected via ethernet to the PC. Each SLIMP3 then drives one of the MDS-6 inputs. I've been thinking about expanding things to take advantage of the other two MDS-6 inputs but, rather than pick up more of the Slim Devices units, I'm wondering if there are now better alternatives - preferably a solution that does not involve adding additional traffic on my ethernet.
What I'm looking for is something that I can feed music data from the PC that will then turn around and drive the line-level inputs of the MDS-6. Further, the MP3 decoding would probably need to be done externally to the PC as decoding six separate audio streams would probably tax the capabilities of the (older vintage) PC. I know that there are now USB based devices but the ones I've looked at appear to be standalone units; I'm not sure I could add additional copies and have them all work independently.
If anyone has any ideas I'd love to hear about them. A solid, reliable solution is more important to me than cost.