Please bear with me if my question is dumb, I've only just started looking into this.
I have a pair of powered audioengine5, connected with an Airport Express which have been serving me very well. I have recently noted a buzz/hum which I'm not sure was there before (I have disconnected them for a while during furniture change) and I'm looking into ways to solve it and I thought the Port might do the trick. In addition I would like to add speakers in other rooms around the apartment. For those other rooms I'm considering an SL since I don't want to get anywhere near voice assistants. So my two questions to you are:
1) can I connect the audioengines to the Port without it being physically connected to my router (it's farther away)? Will it work and does it make sense? I realize that with the price tag it might be a bit overkill... I don't think the audioengines cost me that much (around 10 years ago). Basically I would like the audioengines to be part of my multi-room streaming set-up. I know Airfoil for Mac should be able to do that, but that doesn't rid me of the buzz.
2) Does the Port have any sort of built-in assistant or is it just assistant-ready? I'm really not comfortable with always-on microphones.
Thank you so much in advance for your help.