Connecting a laptop to amp advice?
I have had to rearrange my AV gear following a house extension and this has lead me to pondering the possibilities of changing my old set up for i-pod music.
The set up previously was as follows: i-pod to Denon i-pod dock, i=pod dock to Denon AVR4308a, AVR to speakers.
The new location of my home "bar" means that the Denon i-pod dock will no-longer reach and tbh I was never really happy with the functionality of the dock. It was slow to respond to the remote control and very rarely displayed much on the TV screen and really was temperamental at best.
With the new bar I will be hanging a TV screen and I also have my old laptop (which also serves as my i-tunes homebase).
Is it possible to have the laptop linked to the TV screen and also connected to the AVR? I would like to be able to access my i-tunes from behind the bar whilst also displaying on the TV.
If this is possible would this just be a cabling solution? Laptop would be around 8m away from the AVR.
If I'm honest I don't really understand the whole DAC thing but have read enough to rightly or wrongly assume that a DAC greatly improves computer stored music??? Can this be factored in somehow? If so I was looking to upgrade my Blu ray to an OPPO 105, does this help?
Sorry, so many questions. Any help at all will be gratefully recieved.