OK so I've got my new setup running. PSB Alpha T1s, Anti-cables, Onkyo 7555 CD and 9555 amp, Rega p1. I'm sort of loving it right now, and have been itchy to start experimenting (does this mean I've got the hifi "bug"?).
Next question. I have a bunch of files on iTunes. I want to play them through my system, but they are all mp3 quality (or whatever the apple proprietary files are called). I was thinking of getting an Airport to stream the files to my stereo. The question is this: Given that all my laptop files are of a lower quality, should I just forgo the expensive option of a buying D/A converter and running an optical out and just run through the 1/8, or should I sack it up and buy a D/A converter. I'm not sure I can afford another $1000 or whatever it costs to buy one. Other options?
In the long run I think I might re-rip all my CD's to higher quality files, but for now I aint got the time.