We have a Mac Mini and are using it as a media server. It feeds audio and video out through USB into an Onkyo SR308 amp and then into some Monitor Audio RS6 speakers. The sound is decent but I'm never blown away in the way that I expected I should be. CD's are ripped as Apple Lossless files.
My question is, would things improve if I connected in a different way. I gather that the Onkyo amp has a built in DAC but would it make sense to send audio signals to an external DAC and/or amp and then to the speakers for listening to music at higher quality? If I were to do this, how does the video signal get transferred?
As you can probably guess, this is all quite new to me. The days of two channel audio were far more simple. I suppose I'm looking for advice on the most effective way of displaying video and listening to audio from a Mac Mini. I don't mind spending money to improve things!
Thanks in advance