HiFi Solution for Flac Library
Hey there folks,
I'm going round in circles, so any advice would be appreciated.
All of my music has been painstakingly ripped to flac using EAC. I currently play it using foobar on a dedicated desktop PC with an m-audio 2496 PCI card with RCA outs to a Sony HiFi and speakers. I am now looking for a high quality hifi solution. I was initially looking to purchase a traditional separates solution, starting with a stereo amplifier such as a Marantz PM6004 and perhaps some Monitor Audio BX2's or Wharfedale Diamond 9.1's. Then I thought a stereo amplifier might be overkill for my needs, as I do not plan to use a turntable, tuner, CD player etc. So I started looking at smaller systems such as the Denon DM39, Marantz MCR603 or Denon DF109. I am not at all interested in streaming from the internet, itunes or wireless capabilities, but after reading about USB flac playback, I wondered if I might be better off ditching the PC and M-audio card and connecting an external hard drive straight to one of the smaller systems? Does anybody have experience of doing this? I wondered if the drive has to be solid state, if there is a maximum capacity (ie. smaller thumb drives only), will they support gapless flac playback and is it easy to navigate through your music using the hifi system. Would a direct connection from a usb drive to a system provide better quality playback, or is the computer > RCA inputs of an amplifier preferable?
I am a bit lost and am just looking for the best quality solution.