interesting post as I bought a pioneer n50 last December to gain some experience in streaming. It is very easy to use and you do not need a full NAS set-up with it to get going as it will play internet radio/Spotify and USB drives which will also allow you to experiment with high res downloads and play your cd collection. Since I bought it, I've added a NAS and will probably add a Naim dac in a few months. Overall a very affordable way to learn about streaming and if you don't like it, can auction it on the web and lose very little money. No regret so far.