So after doing a bit more research wrt JRiver I am now interested in using JRiver in place of both my receiver, going straight into my amps, and also replacing my BluRay player. I want to have the ability to stream music to my 2-channel setup in my living room, and have a full 5.4 theater setup in my theater room that will be used solely for movies, mostly BluRays. I also want the control of EQ'ing my LCR's and subs independently, and possibly use JRiver as an active crossover for a future project.
With that being said, Let me see if I got this right on the hardware side of things: I know that I would need a sound card added to either my Acer Desk Top or Samsung laptop. It would need of have 5.1 outputs, but, I am unsure how to get the signal to my 2-channel setup in a different room? Do I need another sound card for that? I have all of the existing amplifiers. I will need a BluRay drive, and software to convert to MKV, as well as some type of multi-channel DAC, right?
If some of you more knowledgable JRiver gurus could help me figure out how to do the above and use JRiver in place of a receiver and/or pre /pro please chime in! Thanks in advanced for anyone who takes the time to respond!