I am considering setting up a music server using an existing spare PC. I was considering doing one of the following:
-> Get a high end PCI audio card (like Azuntech's X-Meridian) and feeding it directly to my preamp. I'm open to better sound card options here as there were only a few that seemed to fit the bill. And even then I wonder...
-> use the onboard S/PDIF output from my motherboard to a good used DAC (~$1000).
What is everyone's experience with this?
What software should I use to rip my CDs for best sound quality (space really isn't an issue)?
What is the best for playback (I assume that iTunes and/or WMP are really the best out there)?
Obviously the cheapest solution is the sound card. But how would it compare to my Rotel RCD-1072 for sound?
I'm open to some suggestions and experiences!
Elora, ON, Canada