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Hi so i'm a little bit older and all of this stuff is pretty new to me i'm writing to ask for advice. i would like a simple - cost effective solution for ripping CDs - improving sound quality DAC?? - and playing music on my Windows desktop PC and my Stereo (RCA connectors) - i would like to spend around $500 following - is a little more detail i have a collection of about 600 cds i would like to rip them (retain really good quality) and play them through both my Windows 7 desktop and my stereo which is about 20 feet away in my living room Rip - what format i'm not sure what format i should use some of my cds are ripped in WAV to my PC i have heard that FLAC is a good choice please also know - that i often copy a cd or make a compilation for the car - my Honda, as far as i know, only plays cds Ripping Software - Tool to rip and manage my files i have heard good things about JRiver i have also heard good things about DBPoweramp do i need 2 different software packages - one to rip and one to play - what do i give up if i just get JRiver DAC?? i've heard that i need a DAC to improve the quality of the sound i started looking at the different sites - reading the articles - and got really confused. some of this stuff is really expensive i have a very limited budget - about $500 can i get something with good sound? remember - i want to play music on my PC and my stereo Stereo equipment i have a Krell amplifier with RCA connections B&W speakers yes - i know they're good - but that was a long time ago and i no longer have those kinds of resources Storage do i need a network storage device? when offering your thoughts - no need to bundle the cost of the NAS with the DAC solution. i have heard that the WD Cloud 4 T is a good solution for about $225 i want to thank you for your thoughts and advice. -Ethan