I'm prepared to take the plunge into the realm of the media server!
I'm attracted to the convenience as well as the fact that - apparrently - there is not only no sacrifice in quaity, but the sound is even better from a hard drive, all else being equal. I'm particularly intrigued by the prospect of high-resolution music downloads, which could leapfrog us way beyond the (now fading) optical disc format war between SACD and DVD-A.
My first step is a high-quality stand-alone DAC...
I purchased the new Bryston BCD-1 CD player a few months ago, as much to try out the DAC as anything. It's an impressive unit!
I'm now contemplating the just released Bryston BDA-1 DAC. My question is: Can this unit handle/output true high-resolution, or simply upsample to 196K?
Here's a link to the press release that includes some specs:
Anybody with more technical knowledge than me (that's not saying much!) care to weigh in?