I've officially migrated to a satellite setup for MPD and the lack of lag compared to using an httpd stream is really nice. It's also nice not having to have anything running in the foreground to listen to music. I'm cheating a bit and using autofs to mount my smb share for my music_directory but oh well, it works.
This is my private Mastodon instance hosted on a basement computer. If you want an invite just reach out.