I have a large number of DAT tapes, with source material that I recorded myself at a 48 Khz sampling rate. I am interested in getting this music into my computer (a modern machine running Windows XP), using some sort of lossless format, preferably SHN. From there, I'm sure I can figure out how to burn it to DVD audio, or (ugh) format-convert to 44.1 Khz for a CD.
I have been having trouble finding information about transferring from DAT, though. What would be good choices of hardware and software that will accomplish this well, allow me to mark the boundaries of songs, etc? What issues am I likely to run into? What sort of digital out connection should I be looking for, in a DAT player (I think there may be three possible: optical, digital, and digital XLR, and I'm not sure that there isn't more than one version of any of the three)? How can I tell when I have successfully made a transfer without dropouts or errors?
I apologize if these questions have been answered here before; I tried to use the forum search repeatedly and got always 404 messages with the URL http://forum.cdfreaks.com/search.php
Thanks for your assistance.