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Should I upgraded? If so, what should I upgrade and what to?

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My current set up is a 2 Polk Montitor 60's in for the front, 2 Monitor 30's for the back, RM8 Center Channel and a eD a2-300 for my subwoofer. All of this is coming from a Sony STR DH-510 receiver and thats coming from a high end gaming computer using HDMI.

What I kind of want to have is to have my surround sound set up to go from my computer to my receiver when I want to game or watch a movie. But when I just want to listen to music it just plays using 2.1 from a seperate source that allows my FLAC collection to be high quality. I know that my receiver is not the best for my FLAC collection, but I still like that it does 5.1 so I would like to keep it.

Basically what I'm asking 3 seperate things in this thread.
1. What should I get so I can have my FLAC collection seperate from my computer and make it go to my speakers all in high quality, like DAC's and such?

2. Am I even able to switch between them two set up's as ease without having to basically walk up to my speakers and unplug one set of wires and plug in another?

3. Should I replace my Polk monitor 60's? I'm going for a low-mid budget kind of thing for all of this above and I don't want my speakers to hold me back. Or are they fine for what I'm doing?
    
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Why do you need a separate source? Can't you change DSP modes on your AVR, or the settings on your software audio player, or what have you?

I.e. for my setup when I use speakers and want to listen to FLACs. I play through Foobar, which generates the .1 LFE track and sends the 2.1 digitally to my receiver...which seeing 2.1 data it plays it as 2.1 data. No need for extra equipment. In Foobar2K the DSP you need is called Channel Mixer.
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The reason I want a separate source is I'm going for high quality and I can't really get high enough quality to even tell the difference between 198kbps and flac :|
    
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