I currently have my HTPC setup with Meedio as the front end using BASS as the music player and ASIO out (via the nForce2 mobo sound) and 192kbps MP3 files. The optical out from mobo is then plugged into my Denon 3803 receiver. Even though I have a decent set of speakers (KEF Q series), decent cables (QED Silver aniversary bi-wired to fronts) and supposedly a straight unmangled signal from PC to amp, I find the sound a little uninspiring. I presumed that the weak link here was the fact that I was using lossy mp3 but I have since tried ripping a few (well recorded) albums into FLAC but there was very little in it. Any ideas on what I can do to improve the sound quality (I know it can be better as with the old DVD player I had some time ago; Pioneer 636; connected via digital coax I got much better sound) Should I look at file format / player or hardware?