I am new to this forum so I don't know too much about this stuff. Anyways, I just bought a high end speaker system. It has two towers, two surrounds, and a center. The system was around $5000. I also got an 150wpc amp and a processor.
So when I played a CD through optical out, it sounded great. Then I tried listening to music off my external HD and it sounded not so great. I found out that I need some sort of good DAC. I know there are lots of them out there, but after going to few stores I thought maybe an HTPC is the answer?
I just feel like getting a DAC would mean I would just run my music out of a computer anyways, so why not get a computer with a DAC in it? I'm not a computer guy so I don't know if this makes sense.
I am looking for something that will do it all (except gaming). What I mean by this is I want it to have a blu ray player, I want it to deliver 24 bit flac files with great quality, and last but not least I want to be able to control it all with some sort of app.
So a few people have told me you can get a really good sound card which is basically a DAC? Then put in a blu ray player incase you want to watch 5.1 HD movies, or just listen to CDs. And I think (but not sure) you can install programs on the HTPC like XMBC so I can control the HTPC for music and movies?
Does anyone have any suggestions on hardware, and cheap places to buy in the US or Canada?