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  1. I am going to venture into the world of computer audio so I have a few questions. I'm sure these questions have all been asked (and answered) before so I wonder if a separate forum for those of us just embarking on this journey would be a good idea. My basic question is this, do I understand the process correctly? Below is what I understand the process to be. Step 1 - Rip music in a bit perfect format. This requires software. Step 2 - Manage (organize, list, share on network, find cover art and etc) music files on the device. This too requires software. Step 3 - Play your music files. This requires software as well. Step 4 - Utilize a re-clocker to reduce jitter when outputting the signal. This requires hardware. Step 5 - Use a DAC to take the signal from the re-clocker and convert it to analog. The output is to a preamp or amp depending on the features of the DAC. This requires hardware. First, is this correct? Assuming it is, is there a software that performs each of the first three steps in an acceptable manner to computer audiophiles? Most likely, I will need software that operates on a Mac. iTunes is an example of a software that does all three, right? Except that audiophiles don't care for the way iTunes handles step one (compression) and step three (delivery). Is this correct? I think I have a grasp of the hardware side, but I'm pretty much clueless on the software side. Any clarification you can provide is appreciated.
  2. My cheap iphone dock in my kitchen died today I have been saving for a new main audio system based around Peachtree pre and amp and a good pair of speakers. I also want to play music in other rooms (hence the cheap dock). Since my dock just died, I need to replace that immediately before I purchase the more expensive equipment I've been reading forums left and right, but am still confused to how this technology works. If I buy a Sonos system, will I be able to integrate that into a Peachtree system later? Will I be able to control all music from the Sonos and Peachtree at the same time? That's what I'd really like to be able to do. Is that what you'd recommend? Should I spend the money on the Sonos now in anticipation of the Peachtree based system because they'll work so well together? Or should I buy a cheap dock and just keep saving? Is Sonos the right product for my needs or is there some other system that could interact with my computer and Peachtree? I appreciate your help.