I wonder if you can help (me being a complete novice!) - although this is probably an age old question and been asked a million times (so I do apologise!).
I tend to listen to FLAC files on my old Dell Latitude laptop (this is about 8 years old!) - I have a mixture of 16/44.1 CD ripped and 24/96 high res files (I also have an old NAD CD player).
What would be the optimum solution to get the best listening experience and maximum qualtiy out of these files?
I'm toying with the idea of buying a YAMAHA RXV475 AV receiver (I believe you can plug a USB stick into these and it plays 24/192) or would it be better to get an external DAC like the DacMagic Plus (upsampling to 24-bit/384kHz) which I can hook into my CD/Laptop.
I'm just interested to know what would sound better before I part with my money and your expereince/knowledge would be invaluable.
Which DACs should I go for - does the AV receiver reproduce excellent stereo sound etc..?