I’m getting ready to add digital streaming to my main system but want to do it in a way that gives it a chance to better my existing digital – a Sony SCD-777ES player with AudioNote DAC for redbook. It took me years to finally get-along with digital and this combination made that possible so this is a pretty high hurdle for me. I understand that computer based audio has the potential to sound better than physical media players so I’m interested, and the idea of ripping my CDs to a central server for convenient whole house sharing is appealing. The higher resolution recordings now available as online downloads take the potential for digital beyond my redbook stuff too and based on my SACD experience, might be a step in the right direction for me. In addition to PCM hi-res, I’m very intrigued by the idea of DSD streaming which seems to be gaining some momentum around the edges of computer audio. There are downloads available and (apparently) a way to get my SACDs through a streamer so this really ups the ante for me, even though it complicates my wish-list. I doubt I’ll mess around with vinyl ripping as no matter how ‘close’ this gets to reproducing the sound of an LP, I can always just listen to the LP – seems pointless if doing it right creates any compromises or raises the price of admission, unless… The hardware to do vinyl ripping could come into play if I consider a higher-end sound card (maybe external USB) that would allow me to do system and room measurements. I will soon be messing with tapped horns and a digital crossover in front of them so a streamer that can easily fill the role here with a mic plugged in would be real nice. So I basically want everything but have to do it on my budget – simple.