I am putting a pair of Monitor 40s in our kitchen. The source is a coax S/PDIF coming from a wall-mounted computer. Audio will be a mix of lossless (CDs or files from our music server) and lossy (Rhapsody and MP3s).
Given the environment, it is not worth spending a substantial amount on either superfluous fidelity (focused music listening takes place in the parlour?I just want to match the Monitor 40s' capabilities) or on features that we won?t use (e.g. artificial sound stages, video passthrough).
I?m considering going with something like an AudioSource AMP-100 or an Onkyo M-282.
There seems to be a range of DACs out there. What am I looking for? Key stats? Key features?
Given that I'll only have the one source and that the PC has volume and an equalizer for tone control, do I need a pre-amp or can I go straight from the PC to the DAC to the amp to the speakers?
Am I missing anything in this projected setup?