Let me explain my set up. I have a home theater PC that houses all my music files (about 500 gigs worth of music) but right now it just works as a server in that regard since I play all the music using my macbook air and itunes that streams the files to my receiver. I have quite a good sound system and so I guess my first question is how much fidelity am I losing by streaming the signal? Almost all of my music library is lossless and obviously I would like to get the most out of that quality. Does anyone have any expertise or insight to quality lost via streaming?
If it's the case, I would like to look for solutions to get the most out of my set-up. I love using my macbook air as a "remote" for itunes as from anywhere in the house I can browse the library and play an album so I do not want to lose this fuctionality. Is it possible for me to, say, set up itunes on my home theater PC and host the library there (since it has a direct optical audio output straight to the receiver and would not need to stream) and then still use my Air as a "remote?"
Also, if I need to switch the host iTunes to the PC, is there an easy/headache free way of doing it so the PC iTunes will immediately recognize the old library and I won't need to do any new importing? Especially since the old library is already stored on the PC.
Thanks for your help.