I have been reading about DACs, and hifi in general in an attempt to learn how to optimize my sound system. Unfortunatly, I still am not sure what to do.
I have a custom built computer that I use for gaming and music listening. I use iTunes because it's easily syncs to my phone and iPod. Unfortunately, most of my music is mp3. From now on I plan on only using lossless.
I have a videocard which runs kind of loud but no sound card.
The computer is connected to an older receive, NAD 7120, via headphone jack to left/right RCA. The receiver powers Polk Monitor 70 floor speakers.
i also have a pretty budget conscious record player, Audio technica At LP60, or my limited but growing vinyl collection.
Bacically, I'm just looking for advice on how to optimize my set up. Do I need a sound card? External DAC? Is there a better way to connect my PC to receiver? I don't mind spending some money but I have a fairly small budget right now.
Thanks for any help!