I'm back, after a long, long absence. I couldn't think of a better place to ask my questions. (BTW, I am still a noob.)
I've pretty much decided to set up a Sonos system in my house. I've studied the Sonos web site and now have a pretty good understanding of the system itself. However, what is much more difficult to get a grasp of is the equipment and setup needed to have the best quality music (from CD collection) play in a convenient method over the system. I think that any comprehensive planning of the equipment purchases and set up begins with the CDs and the music files on them. I'm the kind of guy who won't buy one item util the entire system is detailed out -- I don't want any "Ooops, I should have bought that one instead!" discoveries along the way.
I have my CD collection on my HDD in Apple's AAC format. This was done a few years ago, before Apple's Lossless encoder was available. I now have around 88GB of AAC songs in iTunes. It was a real PIA to do all this, but I'm willing to do it again to improve the fidelity of the music that I will play over the Sonos system. I'd like to have the music stored and made continuously available on a NAS (I'll ask about these another time; I was unaware of these until three days ago). I naively thought I could just copy a CD/the tracks of the CD right onto a hard drive, but I learned that CD tracks have a file format of .cda, which is limited to inclusion on CDs. I did try to copy the track, but only a 1kb link was copied. So, after floundering around the internet, I returned to the Sonos web site and there they listed their supported audio formats: https://sonos.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/80/kw/file+types+supported/session/L3RpbWUvMTMzNTEyNTM4Ny9zaWQvaU5TekNpV2s%3D#var_g
Uncompressed and lossless formats are AIFF and WAV, neither of which Sonos recommends. Compressed and lossless formats supported are FLAC and ALAC (Apple's Lossless format). Reading through these reveals that the Apple Lossless format is probably preferable.
OK, now to my question: As I rip my CDs onto my HDD as ALAC files, how much inflluence does the quality of my CD/DVD player/burner have on the quality of the new, compressed files? I looked up the specs of the CD burner and DVD burner I have, but no specs reveal much other than the speed ("x" factors, e.g., 24x). I can see that there might not be anything else to consider if the CD is copied exactly acurately. Is there any concern about which CD or DVD player I would / should use when I begin the monumental task of copying/ripping all my CDs?
The goal is to copy all these GBs of songs/files on a NAS and have that my primary music source on the Sonos system. Obviously, these files will need to be read. I'm assuming that the NAS is pretty much just a stand-alone HDD. Will the music files on the NAS be read accurately, resulting in the best available fidelity? Are there differing qualities of NAS devices that I should be aware of, and therefore, try to purchase for the relatively best music fidelity? I imagine that there is a DAC that all these files must pass through on their way to the speakers. I'm not sure where this/these are in the Sonos system or the quality of the DAC. As I type now, I'm beginning to think that this component (other than the quality of speakers) may have the greatest impact on the quality of music that I hear... (But I'd still want to use the "best" CD player and NAS I could unless this concern was irrelevant.)
Any and all thoughts and advice about this (or setting up a Sonos system, e.g., best NAS, best wireless router, etc.) would be welcome. Thanks for reading. (I'll probably be asking about the best router and its setup after I get a handle on this aspect....)