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OK, so I am a complete newbie to CA. I still listen to my large collection of CD's. But want to create different playlists/ mixes from my CD's. I do have a not-so-old Mac Mini sitting around at home, which, I believe, could be used as the brain of computer audio system. The thing is I do NOT want to have a computer in my Living Room. So I need something quiet and without a monitor like the Mac Mini. But the Mac Mini lacks the much-needed ripping ability. Would I get an external ripper? If so from where? The other option would be to get an Audiophile VortexBox unit from Small Green Computer. The thing is this machine costs some $1,099. Their standard machine is much cheaper, but horrendously ugly!! On top of that I would need to buy a USB DAC (HRT Music Streamer HD, $515). So I am looking at over $1,500+ worth of investment. I do want to explore computer audio. But $1,500 seems like quite a bit of investment. So I just want to get some much-needed advice here. Instead of replacing my CD player, I would want to have the CD player along side my new computer audio gear. My hifi system has the following components: 1). Audia Flight 3 Integrated Amplifier 2). Heed Enigma speakers 3). Sony CDX-5000 CD Player Thank you very much in advance guys!!