Have a look at running Bubbleupnp on the Mac mini. This will allow you to play Qobuz on the 272. That is how I get it working but using a NAS instead. There’s lots to read on how to setup here and on bubble website.
I don’t really want to be buying more boxes (apart from the 272 replacement but that’s another story).
I just wanted to see if the kit I had could be used to play Qobuz on my main system.
The other option is to do something with the NAS I have but it’s quite an old QNAP TS 212 - I have looked in the past but didn’t get anywhere.
Just an update on this. I finally got to use Qobuz on the 272 - but not with the Mac Mini. I installed Bubble uPNP on my ageing (but trusty) NAS. I am using Linn Kazoo to control it.
I’ve no idea how any of this works or how all of the different bits and pieces talk to each other - but they seem to be getting along for the time-being. I haven’t been able to have a proper listen to judge the quality yet but I’m impressed with the number of albums available and I’m looking forward to exploring - and this was the whole point of the exercise.
Thanks for all the help and advice. Now all I need to do is wait for the replacement 272 to come along…
As I typed this - I had a thought. The NAC 272 was introduced in 2015 and cost over £3000. I bought my QNAP TS 212 in 2012 - I think it was about £200 - and it has proved itself more capable and resilient in the longer term (from a software point of view). I know it’s not a completely straight-forward comparison but I can’t help wondering whether it was planned obsolescence or lack of fore-thought in the original NAC 272 design.
Personally, I would rather pay the extra (say £200) and have a product that stays current for longer but I can see how that doesn’t make as much business sense. Maybe the rush for me to buy a new 272 (if it ever happens) isn’t a foregone conclusion after all.