I am really trying to maximize my sound quality when listening to music. I primarily listen to computer audio files ripped from my CD & LP collection in ALAC, via iTunes and Airplay. My main system major components are:
Denon X4000 Receiver (With Internal Airplay) (Wired LAN)
Goldenear Triton 3 Speakers
Apple TV (With Airplay) (Wired LAN) HDMI Connection
Samsung BD-F6700 Blue Ray Player (Wired LAN) HDMI Connection
The source of my iTunes is a HP Windows 7 Desktop Computer with two hard drives connected to a wired LAN. Music is stored on Hard Drive 2. The computer has (2) HDMI’s outputs one being used for the monitor and one Toslink Output. I am currently using the analog output for desktop speakers.
My current iTunes setting are:
Playing Audio Windows Audio Session
Bitrate for Playback 44 kHz
Bits per Sample for Audio 24
My Windows sound settings are:
Advanced 16 bit CD Quality
I have several questions
1) Are my iTunes and Windows setting correct and is there anything that I need to change?
2) The desktop is in a home office about 30’ away. Would I see a major improvement running a HDMI or Toslink cable to it? If I did this it possible to also run a set of desktop speakers on the unit without changing settings since, I use the computer for other things?
3) If I hardwired the system could I run both J Rivers, which supposedly, has better quality and iTunes using the same library? All our phones and tablets are Apple.
4) Should I get a Mac Mini and hook it to an HDMI input using ITunes and one of the add-on players?
Thank you in advance for your thoughts