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I am just jumping into the home audio field and cannot seem to find an answer to this question anywhere.

I don't want to have CD's anymore. Do they offer a media player that you can put FLAC files (or any lossless file) on that you can set up to a home audio system?
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I'd say most people these days just leave the files on their computer and link that to the audio system, either wired or wireless. Alternatively, check out the Olive line of products.

And depending on how large your music collection is, an iPod Classic might suffice.

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I have a Tivo, PS3, and Xbox. It appears that the Tivo has some on the fly encoding to change to MP3 to stream to tivo. Any thoughts on an extender that allows me to stream the flac file as is?

I'm doing my legwork as we speak as well just thought you might have a helpful hint.

The olive looks intriguing.
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...don't know your budget, but you may want to look into Sonos or the Logitech Squeezebox line.

I use the Sonos (I have 3 zones at my house) and love it. No transcoding of lossless files with the Sonos. They have a unit which connects directly to your amp, a different unit which you can connect speakers to and an all-in-one unit with speakers.
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I really like the squeezebox but they have quite a few options. I'm looking to spend 200-300 and I really only want to be able to stream FLAC from my MAC to my audio system.

Any suggestions on a squeezebox model?
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You could always use your computer, with a program like foobar2000. Great way to keep everything organized, extremely flexible and reliable. And free. There are also a whole bunch of plug-ins for it.

You could go out of the soundcard: digital coax to receiver or dac, usb out to dac, or get one of the usb transports/usb to spdif converters to a dac. Many possibilities, relatively inexpensive.
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