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what to buy if i have only flac and mp3s on usb peddrive laptop and network hdd

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hello people,

i am on the verge of getting a pair of kef r900 floor standers and an ANTHEM integrated 225 amplifier. so far so good.What im really confused about is that i have a music in flac and mp3s either on my 128gb usb pendrive and my laptop and nas hdd. i have no CDs.so what route should i take? what should i buy to play all my flac's mp3s through either the usb pendrive or laptop or Network hard drive with the best possible sound quality to compliment my kef r900 and anthem integrated 225?? nothing above 1500 to 2000$

thanks
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hello people,

I am on the verge of getting a pair of kef r900 floor standers and an ANTHEM integrated 225 amplifier.

Kef R900 seem pricey but are OK.

The Anthem 225 integrated is IMO a relic from 1980's audio, besides being pricey.

I say it is a relic because it could have been built as is in 1980 with 1980 technology.

I'd rather have a $300 AVR because it would very likely end up sounding a ton better because the $300 AVR has the modern tools that it takes to obtain good sound in just about any reasonable room and with just about any reasonable speakers. For example your ca. $2000 pr speakers could be upstaged by a $200 pair of speakers and good $200 subwoofer if you have an AVR that lets you tune the ensemble for the room. The $300 AVR can do that for you.

Also you've said nothing about your listening room which is one of the most pervasive and powerful of any component in your system. Given the choice between $200 speakers in a good room and $2000 speakers in a poor one, I'll take the good room.
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so far so good.What im really confused about is that i have a music in flac and mp3s either on my 128gb usb pendrive and my laptop and nas hdd. i have no CDs.so what route should i take?

There is nothing at all inherently wrong with FLACs. They can play as technically and sonically clean as CDs if they are made well. The 128 kb MP3s are not so decisively clean - more like mystery meat.

Laptops are IME a bit of mystery meat all by themselves. Some sound great, some sound like the pi$$. I have one of each. I use an inexpensive USB audio interface (Behringer UCA 202 @ $30) with the poor one and then it is just fine. The other laptop needs no special help.
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what should i buy to play all my flac's mp3s through either the usb pendrive or laptop or Network hard drive with the best possible sound quality to compliment my kef r900 and anthem integrated 225?? nothing above 1500 to 2000$

Well there you go. You can buy an AVR that will play your computer audio files from the computer they reside on via say, DLNA. Onkyo has several, for example.
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