Been thinking of getting away from disc players and go with files on a hard drive. For cd's this seems pretty straight forward, but thinking towards the future I can't help but consider High Res Audio and how I can implement it into my system. So I have some questions: I'm on Mac. CD's: I've always ripped using aiff for lossless, but in this endeavor saving space would be wise. Should I use FLAC? Does it produce a smaller file? Any sonic reason(s) not to? What software is good at ripping cd's to FLAC? High Res Audio: iTunes won't seem to cut it. Audirvana seems to have a good reputation and I was wondering if anyone here has experience with it? I'd like all the audio files on an external hard drive, would that pose a problem? DAC: Schiit has a good reputation so that's where I'm focusing, that being said can anyone speak towards the difference between a Modi 2 and the internal dac of a Mac Mini late 2014 model? From what I can see all Schiit's players top out at 24/192 so it looks like straight DSD will not work with these, nor multichannel audio correct? Audirvana says for non-DSD capable dac's it will downsample to PCM. Can Schiit handle those? Since I don't plan to use a disc player is there any reason to get the Modi Uber? Seems like additional inputs are the only difference. (Multibit is a bit more $ than I want to spend) USB Cable: I may not have the same kind of USB open on my mac that the Schiit receives. Is there a downside to getting a cable that's USBx to USBy? Would that work? Sorry for soooo many questions. I've been playing vinyl for so long that I'm waaaay out of the digital loop. Of course if I missed something feel free to chime in! Thanks!!