streaming music from PC to HiFI system
I've posted threads regarding dac previously here at the Whathifi Forum, but recently I've become more and more concerned in how to transport the audio to the amplifier. Even though I have a laptop PC which as a rule is kept in a seperate room next to the living room where I have my stereo equipment. And even though it's not a big deal moving the PC to the living room when listening, it would certainly be more convenient not having to connect/disconnect the equipment, moving the computer back and forth all the time.
I know there are many dedicated media streamers on the market but to decide which one suits my needs makes me feel sick.
The main purpose with a media player would simply be to stream audio wirelessly from PC to amp/speakers with as good audio quality as possible. Any other functionalities are welcome but not necessary.
So, I have a few questions in regards to media streamers, media streamers & Dac's and media streamers vs. dacs:
1. Which media streamer offers the best value in terms of audio quality/bang for the buck?
2. Are there reasonably priced media streamers with built-in, dac's or do I still need to buy an external dac in order to improve audio output?
3. How about audio quality when streaming wirelessly from PC to amp via a media player, any downsides?
4. Are there any other downsides streaming wireless audio from PC to amp via a media player?
Any thoughts on this?