I think you right about the softwareellisdj said:Sometimes these types of units can be made to play nice with an external ssd in a caddy if you format the ssd in the right way.
Had that issue with a Pioneer N50a a pal owns but I got it working for him.
A lightly used Innuos Zenith option 1 I still think for you or maybe the New Naim Core as an alternative. Probably more expensive though.
I think you need to pay attention to the library software options with whatever you choose. If the library software is bad the whole experience breaks down
I like to hit random/shuffle on jr(my music is only divided into 2 genre's: hard and soft) and just not know going to play next.
I know the aries can work with jremote