I have an audio system consisting of ROKSAN KANDY amp/per amp and CD with deck running through a creek phono stage which is pumped through Monitor audio RS8 Silver speakers. I love the system but fancy having a go at streaming my music from the computer thru the hifi. Question is How? i am ok with the audio side of things but computers well thats a different matter. The computer is relatively modern and is connected to a SKY wireless router by cable. This all in a seperate room to the hifi.
I am wanting to RIP the cd's to an external harddrive about 400 of them. Waht size hard drive will i need. I have looked at the SONOS and Squeezbox systems and think i will plump for the sueezbox. I understand there are numerous upgrades for the squeezbox, external power supply, seperate DAC's etc. Are these needed if so what is reccomend. Is there that much sound difference to the stock item. I have read a review on the HRT dac. Is this the sort of thing that will be required. And just to sound really thick does this squeezbox really pick everything up from my computer via the router wirelessly. With regards the ripping. At present i am ripping using windows media player in losslas format, is this the reccomended format and is the windows media player OK to use or is there a better one out there. I have been led to believe that with the squeezebox you have to use there downloaded server software.
I really appreaciate any advice.........please in a language that el thicko can understand.