In years past, only engineers and artists might have been able to really appreciate the best sound quality from a recording, but nowadays technology advances have made it possible for practically anyone to progress far beyond the level of casual listener. One of the best ways to take this next up is to purchase uncompressed digital audio in studio quality, and then investing in a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device, and a Digital to Analog Converter (DAC) for playback on demand.
If you really want to enjoy high-resolution listening of your music and other recordings, you should really buy a DAC. The DAC operates by converting digital signals to analog format for playback on your home audio system. Ideally, you should purchase a high-end DAC, capable of converting 192 kHz audio in 24-bit format to analog, so there is absolutely no degradation of sound quality, and what you hear is exactly what was originally engineered in the studio.
Network Attached Storage devices
Once you've upgraded the sound quality of your recordings, you'll also need a high-tech storage device, capable of faithfully saving every nuance of the original recording. Network Attached Storage devices can be fairly expensive, often costing in the neighborhood of $500-$1,000, and they attach to your home network. NAS devices are far less susceptible to damage, corruption, or network viruses, and are very easily maintained via menu selections. Once you've stored your music, it can be accessed from any PC or mobile device on your home network, and it can be played back in streaming mode via any high quality audio device you may have.
Two must-have components
You can also use these two high-tech components for storage and playback of videos, photos, and movies, but whichever medium you happen to be using will certainly be improved by using them. You can also count on a simplified setup and greater ease of maintenance for all your high-quality audio and video recordings.