I am starting to think about ripping my collection of CD's to computer, but before I do so I want to understand what hardware I should be considering for playback. I want to playback through my two channel system, which consists of a CD player and an integrated amp.
My Simaudio Supernova CD player has an S/PDIF via input via BNC connectors - so I can stream music files to my Supernova and make use of it's good DAC.
My first question is: Is the S/PDIF a good connection for use in computer audio?
Assuming that I can use my Supernova as my DAC, what hardware works well as the file server, a PC based platform, or is there a better audio specific hardware choice?
Lastly (for now) what controller should I use? Squeeze box? I'm not really interested in wireless.