I would like to have a computer

I have the Node 2 DAC, connected to a NAD 1600 Receiver/PreAmp, which runs to a McIntosh 2125 Amp, which powers Sansui SP-3500 and Optimus – 1100 speakers in an A+B set up.


 When building out this listening room I ran a hdmi cable from the stereo setup location to my tv on the other side of the room.


1) I want to be able to plug the HDMI cable into said computer and send lyrics utilizing Genius/Spotify,  and play  DVD’s to the tv screen.


 2)  I want the audio portion of the DVD’s while playing on the tv to run thru a USB cable to my DAC to my stereo.


 3) I want to use said machine to rip and store my cd’s, download hi res music, store it, and play it thru my stereo.


I don’t know how to do this, or even if it can be done. Can I buy a machine off of the shelf? Will I need to make the machine? If I need to make the machine would you please be very specific as to what I need to acquire.


Budget wise, I don’t think I can get a “Kitchen Pass” for more than $2,500.


Any help would be appreciated.

I'm not an expert but I'll try to help you out...Requirements 1&2 are easy & only require a laptop or any computer with a good size hard drive..There are a few Programs that make it easy but you need to spend some time reading through Computer Audio threads in this sub forum...There are now also dedicated Hard Drive Servers/Dacs that can hold an entire music collection & replace a computer but again I don't know anything about them as I simply run from laptop to Streaming Control Amp(Quad VA-One)...
@chuckhoness as @freediver has pointed out any computer will meet all of your needs, so long as it has enough back panel connections to handle all of your devices e.g. HDMI, USB, etc.

How the computer is configured whether you buy off-the-shelf or build your own is important. I built my own home computer and I think it can do just about everything you described except I’m a 2-channel guy.

I do listen to music stored on my computer’s internal HDD.

I have a pair of Audioengine HD-6 speakers I picked up used hooked up to my Windows PC running Windows 10. I don’t push the music out to my 2-channel audio system or my TV.

In terms of ripping and storing, as long as you have a decent optical drive and sufficient disk space - no problemo. I would suggest an external drive for storing your music files but that’s a matter of personal preference.

Music files depending on format, (MP3, FLAC, AAC, etc), can take up a lot of disk space, so you’ll need to take that into consideration when looking at Hard Disk drive capacity. SSD’s are faster but are more expensive.

What are you comfortable with: Windows or Mac? Decide on the operating system. Decide on the computer’s form factor: e.g. Desktop tower, mid-tower, low-profile, all-in-one, etc.

Everything you are attempting to do is doable, configured properly you can even use an iPad to access streaming services and play the music through your home audio system.

You mentioned an HDMI cable running from your stereo to the TV. Do you have cable or satellite? Do you also have a HDMI cable running from the TV to a cable or satellite box?

Check the related topic threads here on the Gon or go here:


Not sure where you live but I’ve seen a McIntosh setup at the "House of Music" in San Francisco http://www.houseofmusicsf.com/ that does everything you’ve described. Since you own the 2125, maybe give them a call or shoot them an email. They’re a McIntosh dealer and should be able to answer a lot of your questions. They also carry NAD.

If I can answer any more questions or point you in the right direction, let me know.

Good luck!
Almost forgot.  When I mentioned having enough back panel connections I was referring to the motherboard or system board.  The computer's motherboard will have these connections. 

The computer case may or may not have additional USB ports that also connect to the motherboard.  Current HDMI specifications should be at least 2.0.  I believe the current USB specification is 3.0, but some motherboards and some cases have a mix of both 2.0 and 3.0 USB ports.  You can also purchase external HDMI/USB switches and hubs that give you additional connectivity.

Don't know much about your McIntosh or NAD but these need to be able to handle what you want to do as well.
@freediver and @ lilmsmaggie,

thank you for taking the time to respond.  This really helps point me in the correct direction. I’m in Atlanta, prefer Windows.  This is a great forum to learn stuff!