Is there a fool's guide to going digital?
Recently, I took the plunge and bought a NAS (DS713+) and couple of big disks so that I can get all my media off various PC's and laptops and have a nice central store. However, the media has accumulated over many years and I applied no standards to format, bit depth, bit rate or anything else. So long as they played through some attached speakers and sounded OK I wasn't too fussed.
Now I have a clean sheet (or clean disk to be precise) I can try to be a little more discerning. But as usual the world has moved on while I've been busy and now there is whole load of new terms & acronyms to learn and no easy-to-find fool's guide. " title="" width="32" height="27" class="smiley-class smileysProcessed" />
Key requirements are: get best quality music I can onto NAS and route through to AVR (and have MP3 versions for various portable devices if necessary).
At present the NAS has its own Audio Station and something called Plex (which I used to show some pics on the TV at the w/e). It is wired to a PS3 which is connected to a Sony AVR. This is my start point and additional hardware is not out of the question if it would make an appreciable difference.
I downloaded EAC but so far have been unable to get it to create a single FLAC and store it on the NAS. So I started to read stuff from the inter-web and ended up here - looking for simple sanity and some straight-forward advice from all of you who are ahead of me. I've watched the "how-to" video, but it does not answer all my queries and reading forum chains tends to add my question pile.
what is the best, reasonable, format to store music in and at what quality (?) e.g. is 24/96 good enough?
is FLAC the best format re quality vs. disk space consumption?
what is the best media player to use Audio Station, Plex, another?
do I need a DAC between the NAS and PS3 or the PS3 and the AVR, or the NAS and the AVR (skipping the PS3), or not at all?
which component in my chain would be performing the DAC task?
the PS3 does not support FLAC - does that matter or is handled by the media player?
Life used to be so simple - grab a handful of 45's, whack them onto the spindle of your Dancette, and twist the night away! " title="" width="32" height="32" class="smiley-class smileysProcessed" />
All advice gratefully received.