Playing iTunes Library Through Amp/Speakers
Looking for a bit of advice. I've got a large library of music in iTunes. Most of it is in the Apple Lossless format (some obscure stuff is in low bitrate MP3 files, but there aren't many of those).
At the moment I'm just playing it through a set of little £30 speakers plugged into the headphone socket on the back of my PC, but as you can imagine, the sound quality is not all that good.
What options do I have to connect up to a good quality amp and speakers?
The PC doesn't have a separate sound card, it's just from the motherboard. So even with a good amp & speakers, I doubt if the analogue signal from the headphone socket is particularly good (is that fair comment?).
Do I buy some kind of DAC for the PC and then connect that to an amp?
Or do I buy a sound card for the PC which outputs a digital signal and put that into an amp that can accept digital signals (like the Yamaha surround sound amp I once had could do)?
Or is there some other way of doing it?
Have looked around on the internet but it's still not obvious what the best way to approach this is.
Grateful for any advice anyone can offer!