I'm looking for the best solution for harddisk based music playback. I own a Advance Acoustic MAp105 amp and a pair of Tangent Clarity 8 speakers - and a laptop pc.
At this point I play music from my laptop through my amplifier, interconnected via the MIC outlet on the laptop and appropriate connectors of the amp. The result is not really satisfying.
Currently my main options is to buy a DAC (such as the DACMagic) to interconnect laptop and amp or to buy a separate harddisk based media player to connect with the sound system, but any other decent advices will be regarded.
A dedicated cd player (without possibility to connect with external usb devices or similar) is not an option.
I want easy access to my music library and I don't want the performance of my fine hifi system to be restrained by any poor solutions. And, of course, as much bang for the buck as possible.