Hi, just recently I've begun the process of getting rid of removable media and am playing music from my laptop. I'm playing FLAC and MP3 files using Mediamonkey (the files are actually streamed from our network attached storage - don't know if that makes a difference). The laptop is attached to an old Technics receiver by a headphone jack-to-rca connector, and the speakers are NHT 1.3a's. Unfortunately the receiver seems to be giving up the ghost, the left audio channel is coming and going. I'm not going to be using any other components, so is there any way I could replace the receiver with an external DAC and amp for not much money? By not much I mean under a few hundred dollars, my budget is low and the room is a small rectangle under ten feet wide.
If my assumptions are wrong let me know - I usually find a setup which sounds good to me and don't think much about changing it until something breaks or it becomes wildly inconvenient!