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Gary.D.Olson posted a topic in General ForumGreetings from a humble new member of your forum! (bow) I'm attempting to create a reasonable 2-channel system for music only (music style: everything). No movies. But first a little background... I was a pro musician in the 1980's and spent lots of time in recording studios with the best sounding audio systems, but I'd always had an appreciation for high quality sound. Like many others, I made compromises when “home theater” hit. My existing audio gear went in the closet to make room for HT gear, because the popular position was and is that quality 2-channel music listening is far less important than hearing BOOM! when big bad T-Rex is coming. (Is there anyone who didn't hear a demo or two of Jurrasic Park?) Anyway, my internal audiophile is back, and the old gear with it. (But WOW! The landscape is so different.) It's time to figure out what old stuff goes and what new elements need to be added that might substantially boost performance without breaking the fargin' bank. My proposed system is detailed below in order of process. Component I already own are indicated with “***” but I'll replace anything your collective wisdom so requires. Your experience is what I'm needin' so here we go: 1. ***FLAC files 2. ***Internal Hard Drive (WD 2TB Sata hdd installed in below computer) 3. Homebrew computer – tentatively comprised of the following (incl. Newegg's part#): -Bare bones computer kitwhich includes small case, 200w Power Supply, 1155 Sandy Bridge motherboard, USB 3 (model: Shuttle SH61R4 - NeweggItem #: N82E16856101124) -Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit (Item #: N82E16832116986) -Intel Processor (Celeron G530 Sandy Bridge BX80623G530 Item #: N82E16819116409) -Ram (4 Gigs of G.SKILL NS F3-10600CL9D-4GBNS Item #: N82E16820231394) -Optical Bluray Drive/Player/DVD & CD Player/Writer (ASUS Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Item #: N82E16827135247) -Wireless Adapter for occasional Pandora streaming (BUFFALO USB WLI-UC-GNHP Item #: N82E16833162032) -20” Monitor (Acer G205HVbd Item #: N82E16824009314) -Wireless Keyboard with Laser Trackball(IOGEAR GKM561R Item #: N82E16823176018) -Sound Card with optical out (PCIe ASUS Xonar DGX Item #: N82E16829132052) 4. Software Music Player (I'm open to suggestions. Winamp, iTunes, MediaMonkey, etc) 5. Unknown optical interconnect from optical out on sound card to optical in on DAC 6. DAC - Schiit Bitfrost 7. Unknown RCA interconnect from DAC analog out to receiver RCA preamp in 8. ***Preamp/Amp: Denon DRA-1025R 2-channel receiver (Class-A amplification and Denon's top-of-the-line model when I bought it new in the late 1980's at Federated's going-out-of-business sale.) 9. Unknown LONG RCA interconnect from Denon's “Main Out” to RCA “line in” on sub woofer 10. ***Sub Woofer: Velodyne F1200 (circa 1995, 12” woofer, 20-85hz +/- 3db, internal amp produces 100 watts RMS, bass management which I plan on using [adjusted to 80hz]) 11. Unknown LONG RCA interconnect from “line out” to “Main In” on Denon receiver 12. Unknown speaker wire (or gauge) from Denon to speakers 13. ***Speakers: stand-mounted Canton Karat 920 DC bookshelf speakers (circa 1996, 7” woofer + tweeter, none bi-amp) 14. ***My 52 year old ears Thanks. Gary