I'm thinking about doing a music server project for my own amusement. This would be just for living room listening, with no PVR/HTPC aspect, but I want the highest possible sound quality. My idea is to use a hot-rodded Mini -- 1gb RAM and a 7200rpm HD -- because the form factor works for me and iTunes is a perfect cataloging/playback app (it would be like this http://www.hushtechnologies.net/start.html only cheaper and Mac-based). I would encode my CDs as WAV files and storage would be an external firewire drive, something like this... http://www.g-technology.com/Products/G-DRIVE.cfm Control would be a 7" screen (something like this... http://xenarc.com/product/700y.html) and a PDA-based remote system like this one here... http://homepage.mac.com/jonassalling/Shareware/Clicker/ ... though there are a number of ways you could skin that cat. My question is, can I use something like the M-Audio Transit (http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/Transit-main.html) to take the digital info from USB and then send it to a high-quality DAC, perhaps a Musical Fidelity X-DAC (http://www.musicalfidelity.com/mf/en/Products/SmallX/SXDAC) and then into my preamp? Is there a step I'm missing? Would there be a jitter or timing issue with this signal flow? Thanks for any thoughts and sorry about the extreme linkage.