I have a collection of around 1600CDs (and growing!). With a second child on the way in a matter of days my listening room is now a nursery, leaving my CDs boxed in the loft.
With the exception of an iPod for the car/travel I have avoided ripping my CDs to hard drive as I find MP3s sound flat and uninteresting, taking the shine off the music. Now, it looks as if I have no choice.
I am looking for a system that would be based in my livingroom but could be streamed to bedrooms etc. As I have said, sound is really important to me so I would like the CDs to be ripped to CD quality if that is possible. Although I would like it linked to a new amp/speakers I will soon be buying, I would still like to be able to listen through my Grado headphones driven by a headphone amp.
I am no hi-fi/tech expert and was wondering how this could be done. I am aware of the Sonos and Olive systems with the Sonos being less expensive but well received in reviews.
The Olive is already a hard drive but the Sonos isn't. How do I connect the Sonos to my music? How do I rip my music at the best quality and what do I rip it to? Can any hard drive take 1600CDs at best quality? Can anyone suggest a set-up that works well for them, including amps/speaker advice?
I would appreciate any advice.