Originally Posted by funkmonkey
Thanks rydenfan and cschang for posting links, I haven't had a chance to look them over yet, so I don't know if they would apply to my next question...
Are there any Apple/Mac based systems? I have been a Mac guy since the Apple IIe, way back in the early 80's. I have all my CD's ripped through iTunes, some at lossless most at 256kbps (for space conservation). If I do move to a server based system I would eventually re-rip everything in Apple-lossless or Flac.
again, thanks for the info guys
One of the easiest ways would be to hook your mac to a USB DAC to your amp (or pre-amp, or receiver...) You can control your music through itunes and the sound is terrific. For a few hundred bucks a Squeezebox is so easy to use. When i visited Jim's place earlier this week we listened to everything through a squeezebox and it sounded great!
Of course, you could listen to a stretched cassette tape played on a twenty year old walkman and it would still sound great on his speakers!
I've been giving the following a hard look as my set-up: Mac Mini--->USB DAC (haven't figured out which one yet)---> Int. Amp. Using an itouch with 3rd. party software as a remote control (you can access itunes this way).
Check out computeraudiophile.com. A guy named Chris runs it and he has been putting together systems (all Mac based) based on price. I think he's on number three now. There is a lot of info. for what you're looking for.