I am getting ready to build a Mac Mini based music server to integrate into my main 2 channel audio system. I plan to use Pure Music to create FLAC files then output to an external DAC, which will then connect to my stereo pre-amp and Woo 22.
I have two questions.
1. Is there any difference in CD drives since I will need to purchase one to get the data onto the Mac Mini? I appreciate the different quality CD transports in audio, but what about in this case? Are there different specs for data integrity, etc? If so, is there a particular drive I should look into.
2. With the Woo 22, I'd like the DAC to have a balanced configuration, or at least balanced outputs. Which 24/192 or better DACs should I look into.