First Mr. CDLehner, I have been doing my homework, spending many hours reading at Computeraudiophile.com and it is a very useful web site. I owe you a debt of gratitude.
Her is a project update:
I may have mentioned this before, I have about 2000 Cds and they are something I would like to be able to listen to both at home and when driving.
I have in the past ripped them to both WAV and MP3 files.
Then this website was recommended , and this page in particular was helpful and interesting to me.
They also have a helpful forum. On any topic often someone has done all their homework, worked out the bugs and is willing to share what they know. In general I found that community resource very educational.
One particular product dBpoweramp is one of the best at helping to put together a digital version of a music collection. The product comes with a trial period, one copy for $38 or a family pack for $56. dBpoweramp also has a very helpful forum.
I am now on the trial version because it took me whole day to learn how to best use the package. I like it, it is well done. It is well featured and quick. Once I got the software figured out I installed it on a second PC and things go quicker using 4 CD drives. In one day, including sorting out issues I re ripped almost half of one of 14 binders or 1/28 of my collection.
One issue that alarmed me was all the small scratches and such on many of my CDs that prevent a perfect archive. I'm not hard on my CDs, put a tiny scratch maybe too small to hear but be non recoverable. That has me alarmed, because I have a higher % of scratched CD's than I ever would have guessed.
I've ordered 4 fresh CD/DVD burners because in my experience they don't die or quit, but they do slow down significantly and read less reliably over time.
Amazon has new WD 3TB hard drives for $199, but charges sales tax. Newegg wanted $150 each for the same drive. SO I called newegg and tried to be nice. New egg does not generally price match but they will for me today. So I have 2 more 3TB drives on the way.
This project will kill a week or two of my time. I have always thought of CD's as being relatively durable. That has proven not true. If I have on average $10 per CD, 2000 CDs ~ $20,000 invested I am keen on preserving them as best I can as soon as I can.
I also had a chance to follow up on the assistance provided by Arnyk, Thank you again. Advise is appreciated, great advise is treasured and that is benefited from here from both of you..
This week I purchased four new CD/DVD drives, (2) 3TB hard drives and a limited slip differential for my truck. I can see spending perhaps a week or two re-ripping all my CDs each to FLAC, WAV and MP3 formats, hopefully for the last time.
It should not be that expensive making my existing media server silent. I instead go the SONOS -DAC- ANDROID route just out because it is a more robust and elegant solution.
Then this spring I intend to replace the entire factory audio/navigation/camera system in my pickup truck. I actually spend more time listening to music when driving then anywhere else.
Last but not least, AP1, your idea of using a 7" tablet was very helpful. I may step up to a 10" Samsung, or the new 10" ASUS tablet is getting rave reviews. I had discounted that path but you got me back on the proper trail.