I'm sure there's an easy answer, probably already answered many times here, but I'm burnt on researching everything to death. So... can someone tell me whether/why I really care about the quality of a source (CDP, DVD-A, SACD) if I'm just going to take the digital out of it and stream it into my relatively new (and very first) DAC (Meier StageDac)? I'm having a hard time figuring out why there'd be any advantage of one player over another if all it's doing is sending a bunch of 0's and 1's that the DAC will turn into musical bliss. What am I missing?
And if I understand right, I can't get digital out for the high res (DVD-A, SACD) tracks, right? If so, why did I get a DAC that can accommodate high res signals? If I'm right about this, is there some work-around (ripping to computer, for example, and then sending to DAC)?
Sorry I'm being lazy, I can only spend so much time trying to figure this stuff out. Maybe some kind digitial audio wiz can dummy it down for me. If the best I can get is "yes, it matters, but you're too dumb to understand why," fine. Kindly reserve more offensive responses for the even stupider questions I have about computer audio (like ... can I just get a Mac mini so I can burn everything to Itunes in Apple Lossless and output it digital-wise to my DAC instead of learning what a Rockbox or a Squeezebox are?)
Alright, I'm done, Thanks for indulging me.