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2 Windows machines are needed, why?
If your library is huge you need some computing power. So an anemic tablet/phone would not fit the bill CPU wise. Moreover IMHO one of the strength of MusiCHI is the amazing flexibility of the available searches. This implies having a decent screen size to display the data criteria, especially for jazz and classical, hence porting over the player to a small device would kill this feature.
A thin server (i.e. not very powerful machine CPU wise) with some ram 4 GB of more, if you want to play from RAM buffer. An old laptop for example, this machine should be optimized and dedicated to audio. This is the device connected to your DAC/sound system.
A thicker client to perform all the queries you want, without polluting the music being played. I understand the comfort of having a control device to select my music on the sofa that is NOT 35 kilos and 2 meters wide, hence a gaming laptop is not the ideal solution. One can get a very cool windows 2in1 or a tablet, with an i3 or i5, and 13 some inches screen. Because it does not have to be dedicated to sound reproduction you can still use this machine for other computing use as well.
We have 2 ways communication between the client and the server (WiFi or Ethernet)
Client: play, stop, next/previous track, pause, jump to another place in the song, sound level / mute if the DAC driver allows it, shut down or reboot the server, switch on/off memory playback.
Server: connected status, total playing time of the track, current time and the progress of the playing.