I am looking to create an audio-focused HTPC. I plan to rip my 800+ CDs to uncompressed .wav (or maybe FLAC) and play them back via a digital audio link to my pre/pro. Here are the lessons I've learned so far: Encode: Use EAC to get exact rips of the CDs. Must use a script where the .mp3 encoder is usually listed in EAC in order to get it to create a .RIFF tagged .wav and a .mp3 file (via LAME in extreme VBR mode) at the same time: http: // pub90.ezboard.com/fturtlebeachfrm5.showMessage ?topicID=106.topic&index=2 [sorry - I have not posted 15 times yet so you must recombine the link] Decode: Use a nice card such as the Revolution 7.1 from M-Audio. Question: I've heard Windoze always intercepts the playback stream and sends it through a processor. Is there a hardware/software combo that will allow me sort my RIFF tagged .wavs by artist/album/genre/title, provide playlists, etc. (i.e. standard jukebox stuff) AND will result in unadulterated .PCM data being transferred from my clean .wavs to my pre/pro in the digital domain (coax or optical)? Also, I want to use my standard def RPTV as the interface. Will use SVHS out from my Nvidea card. Hopefully the software portion of the solution will work at 800x600 resolution! If not, maybe I can use a laptop tied in via my wireless access point with remote desktop to control the HTPC? Finally, I definitely want to be able to listen to streaming music via this setup. I love Shoutcast and Winamp, and hope the M-Audio can output the streaming .mp3s via it's digital outs? If so, will the output be PCM such that my pre/pro can handle it? Or do I need to wire up the analog outs as well? Any help will be appreciated. Also, if anyone has a better idea for the encode step, please chime in. I'm not crazy about the complicated setup of EAC/ATWavTag/LAME combo, but I want good clean rips. My CDs are very clean, however, so maybe I don't need the multiple re-reads of EAC?