Originally Posted by MagnumX
Oh well. I'm probably splitting hairs because I still have the Carver planar dedicated music only system upstairs to listen to CDs on and I think its midrange is superior to the 805s even. I'm planning on ordering a Sony 400 disc DVD/CD/SACD changer next (995 something model) and if I can get a long enough RCA cable, I'm going to run a set up through the corner/ceiling of the room to the upstairs system and a digital connection to the downstairs one and then I'll be able to listen to my CD collection on both systems at a push of a few buttons plus have SACD capability downstairs on the surround system and still probably be able to fit a sizable portion of my DVD collection in their as well for downstairs (I'd leave out CDs I never listen to and movies I hardly ever watch; 400 should be plenty for now).
Have you checked into the PC music server rave that's going on now? If not, I highly recommend you do so, as that may work out for you much better than a 400 disc player.
I use a 5 disc DVD/CD/SACD player for movies and SACD multichannel, but all my CDs are ripped (using Apple lossless) onto a PC hard drive. I use the SlimDevices Squeezebox, to play back the ripped music. Since it is buffered data, instead of "real time data reading", it is said to be much more accurate. What is the coolest is sitting in the easy chair, and scrolling through all those albums/ songs on the SB display, to play what ever I choose, at the push of a button. Definitely the future of audio! Plus I use the same program (Itunes) for my Ipod.
You can set the PC up anywhere in the house, and place the Squeezebox at your high end system (wired with Cat5 or wireless). Use the digital outs of the SB into something like the Benchmark or Lavry DAC, and get sound quality that some say rival much more expensive Audiophile CD players.
Of course the SB is not the only game in town, a few DAC manufacturers are now offering USB DACs, to be used with soundcards.