My first post here.
I'm a long-time Stereophile subscriber. I have a nice "traditional" system, a dedicated listening room, a couple thousand CDs and several hundred LPs. After years of resistence to anything Apple, i got an iTunes account after I wound up with an IPhone. I've since downloaded a fair number of songs from iTunes and have ripped several CDs into iTunes so that I could leave the CDs at home and have music on the go.
Outside of my reluctance to really understand digital audio, I'm fairly tech saavy, with a good wireless home network, a monster (Windows 7) desktop, and a couple laptops thrown-in for good measure.
I want to make the leap.
I want my CDs and downloaded audio, at least, at my fingertips -- in my listening room, in my home theater, in my kitchen, basically anywhere I have speakers. I want quality that I've come to expect listening to "old fashioned" software. I see articles about PCM, and DSD, and lossless this, and codecs that, and my head spins. So, I toss it aside, put on an LP and decide to figure it out another day.
I don't understand the path to get from where I am to where I need to be. I don't really even understand where need to be. But I know I missing out on the opportunity to enjoy more music, more conveniently.
Can someone give me some advice? Point me toward a resource that will help me out? Provide a roadmap? Give me a recommendation or two? Most everything I pick up to read assumes a level of understanding that I don't quite have, or the existence of set up that I haven't assembled.
Thanks for any help.