Mac mini to Denon 4311
this is my second thread & I hope someone can help.
I've just bought a mac mini (the 500gb model).
I have a Denon 4311 & have connected the mac to it via Hdmi.
I'm in the process of ripping my 600+ cd collection onto the Mac's hard drive & I intend to use the mac as my source until I later buy an external hard drive (time capsule).
I want good sound - I haven't ventured into PC audio yet - I nearly spent my money on a new CD player instead of splashing out on the mac. Somehow I persuaded myself to get into the present & source my music the modern way.
Right now the sound quality of ripped Cds sounds okay, I used the apple lossless format.
So, with a budget of between 200 & 500 Euro (175 to 450 pounds), what should I buy to improve the sound quality?
I've heard that the sound quality can trump the best cd players around but I 'm a little bemused by streamers & Dacs.
I have a 11.2 home cinema set up with B&W speakers (hence the moniker), & listen to Funk, Hip Hop & Classical.
(B&W P6, CDM CNT, CC6, DS3, CDM SNT, ASW500, ASW675, 602iii)
So..... what should I invest in? Or, on my meagre budget, would the difference in sound quality a device between my mac & 4311 delivered be so negligible that I might as well just use Hdmi as I do now?
Thanks in advance,