I'm about tired of spending money on car audio which is not going well for me, and I have a very nice headphone setup, but headphones fundamentally suck for most material. So I was thinking of whipping up some basic home system, when I realized I know absolutely nothing of home audio. I am in a vacuum of audio knowledge. Nobody I know has any sort of audio system beyond the basic walmart surround system. I know lots about car audio.
So, starting from the very bottom, what's a reciever actually? I assumed you'd run RCAs from your CD player to an amp, to the xover if applicable, to the speakers. What kind of processors do people use?
Does everything just plug into the wall, and have internal power supplies?
Can you integrate surround with a Hifi stereo setup, or do they have to be kept separate? I'm really clueless how you integrate it into a Home theatre setup. How do you switch between stereo and surround?
My source would be my computer and FLAC library, and an external DAC.
I'm well up on car audio, I just have no idea how you do audio in your house. If you could recommend some reading or just explain home audio in terms someone that a car audio nut could understand, that would be great.