With a nod to Sam Tellig, I'm incorporating computer audio into my big system on the cheap. And it ain't that bad!
dbpower ripping in FLAC uncompressed to a Toshiba 750gig portable hard drive.
The drive is read by a little Western Digital WD-TV unit set for digital pass thru.
Optical out into an ageing Rotel 1068 processor into my BAT VK3i pre.
The WD TV video menu is sent to a cheap portable DVD player used for its screen.
Does it sound as good as my Sony XA9000 straight into the BAT? No, but silly, silly fun way to test the waters, cheaply!