Originally Posted by nevea2be
What are people using to get the FLAC files from their computer to their home theater? I know I can convert my FLAC files to a format supported by iTunes and just use AirPlay but I'm wondering if I could skip this step by using what I already have; computer, Denon 4311CI receiver, network.
You can use Airfoil to stream anything via Airplay. You won't be limited to only using iTunes. So, you can use Winamp, Foobar, VLC, etc., to playback your FLACs. It wouldn't surprise me, though, if there are plug-ins available for those apps that allow it, too. I'm just not up to snuff on the "latest, greatest". If you like Winamp, maybe you could post a question at their forums regarding this.
You WILL have to purchase Airfoil (I forget the cost; $10 or $20, I think). The demo version allows 30 minutes of continuous streaming (granted, an unlimited number of times) before it overlays an obnoxious sound over whatever you are streaming.
But, frankly, if you have the hard drive space to have both a FLAC and ALAC library, or if ALAC will suffice, the convenience afforded by being able to use iTunes and remotely control it with your phone may be worth it. (And, btw, there may be apps for your phone that will allow you to control Winamp, Foobar, VLC, etc., too.)
Also, does your AVR support an external USB hard drive?