Hi all - apologies for what I'm sure is well tread territory - I'm just having a little bit of trouble answering this question. I want to create a headphone system in my living room where I can just switch on my music easily, have quick access to my entire library, and sit back, stick my headphones on and listen to music after work.
I have three questions:
1.) Is there a music server that suits this task best (quickly can be turned on, easy to find the music I want, and plays back high-quality recordings?) I do not want to stick a lap top or traditional computer here because of the slow start up time and the need to start up an app and - the room a traditional screen takes up. Ideally this would be one of a stack of components that I would keep on a shelf near my chair.
2.) If I decide on a music server of some type, do most of these come with a solid DAC or should I look at adding a DAC to this system?
3.) Can a headphone amp generally be attached to the good music servers that are out there - assuming this is the direction I decide to go in?
Thank you - I'm looking to spend no more than $2000 and I have a good set of headphones already - currently hooked up to my desktop.