Most of my system was bought between 1988-1992. It consist of; Klipschorn corner speakers, McIntosh MCD 7007, Audio Research SP14 preamp, Juicy Music pCAT 25 watt mono blocks (acquired recently), Nakamichi Dragon, VPI Aries TT with WJM9 Sig. arm and SDS (just replaced my old Dual CS5000 which I would have tried, by it wouldn't power up), Perreaux TU1 tuner, Velodyne UDL15 sub. For the rear, which doesn't get used much, an Audio Research Classic 60 (I use to use this with the Klipschorns- way too much power!) with the Red Rose Rosebud II (acquired recently). I listen to mostly classic rock, blues, and, just starting to listen to some jazz. My listening room is 21'x24' with a vaulted ceiling, 12' at the top, and partially open to my kitchen (1/2 of a wall or so).
This "digital output" connection I have on the back of my CD player is described in my manual as "digital output steam is available from this port for use in systems that can accept digital data directly".
What do you guy's think about the Bryston DAC. I know this is over my original budget, but I am willing to go the extra mile if this is a good choice. I was thinking if it doesn't work out, I could sell the Mac and get a transport.