Responses from gz3827

Given your current equipment and your budget:1. Yes, you are thinking correctly. But if you go this route, then there are two additional purchases that you may want to also consider: First, consider getting dBpoweramp to do your ripping rather tha... 
Is there a Music Player for this?
Sounds like you are describing the Bryston digital players, BDP-1 ($2200) and BDP-2 ($3000). 
Software and High-Quality Music
I'm a Windows & JRiver fellow so I can't answer your question, but recently I did happen across an article that you might find helpful: http://www.headfonia.com/os-x-audio-players-amarra-audirvana-pure-music-fidelia-decibel-and-bitperfect/ 
Sony HAP-Z1ES Hi-Res Music Player RMAF 2013
I totally understand the frustration of dealing with computers, but I guess I've gotten used to it. It really doesn't bother me that the Sony does not eliminate the need for a computer. What concerns me is the Sony's software about which very litt... 
Review: Harman Kardon HK990 Amplifier
Just an FYI ... It looks like last Oct/Nov Harman Kardon sold several manufacturer refurbished HK990's on ebay for $999 with original factory warranty. There aren't any of those available on ebay at the moment, but if more pop up that's a pretty g... 
Marantz PM8004
Audio Advisor has it for $999. Once the 8005 is readily available, that price could well drop assuming AA continues to have 8004 stock. 
Review: Harman Kardon HK990 Amplifier
Very informative review, thanks!To the OP and others who've purchased the HK990, if you are willing to share the information I am curious as to what you paid for it. I've seen prices all over the map. 
Sony HAP-Z1ES Hi-Res Music Player RMAF 2013
Just checked Sony's website again. Now they are saying "In stock estimated ship date 1-16-2014." Hmmm ... I guess either a whole potful of orders evaporated overnight or else Sony has found a way to push out 6 weeks of production in just 24 hours.... 
Is there a Rosetta Stone for digital speak?
For one just starting out on the "computer HD based system" adventure, the Computer Audiophile website is an excellent resource, particularly some of the "CA Academy" articles.If you want to keep your eventual setup as simple as possible, I also r... 
Sony HAP-Z1ES Hi-Res Music Player RMAF 2013
Just checked Sony's website. Regarding the HAP-Z1ES which was supposed to be available starting Jan 2, the Sony site no longer claims "In stock" as it did for the first few days of January. It now reads "In stock estimated ship date 02-27-2014." H... 
B & W Signature 30 Best At Any Price?
Maybe he's an archaeologist.Sorry, I couldn't resist :-) 
Sony HAP-Z1ES Hi-Res Music Player RMAF 2013
JRiver is not a computer. JRiver is a software application. Rather than say that the Marantz requires a computer to run, I think it would be more accurate to say that the Marantz needs to be connected to some other device (for example, Network Att... 
Sony HAP-Z1ES Hi-Res Music Player RMAF 2013
After a quick look at the documentation on the HAP-Z1ES support page, the key takeaway for me (and it's not a positive!) is the realization of the extent to which Sony's implementation of an everything-in-one-box solution severely limits the softw... 
Sony HAP-Z1ES Hi-Res Music Player RMAF 2013
FYI ... Since Sony presumably began shipping the HAP-Z1ES yesterday, I just checked their site to see if they've posted any support documentation. Much to my surprise, they have. Here's a link for anyone interested: HAP-Z1ES Support Page 
Sony HAP-Z1ES Hi-Res Music Player RMAF 2013
Yes, the $2000 HAP-Z1ES model (presumably started shipping today) has 1TB storage on board. The lower priced $1000 model (no indication of when it will ship) has 500GB on board.