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I've been waiting to brag about this one I recently slapped together.I'm presently running an Oppo DV-971 as transport, an Audio GD 2.1 DAC using it as preamp as well, the power amp section of a NAD 3020B, Magneplanar MMG speakers, interconnects from Tuan (Sonny) and a Monster digital cable, speaker cables are White Lightning Moonshine from Wal-Mart, and there's a free Pioneer turntable sitting there that can be hooked into the NAD with a couple of cables switched. Total, complete out of pocket cost $835.00, everything except cables and the Oppo purchased used. Not only does the SQ rival most of what I've heard anywhere within 4x the cost, but there's $165.00 wiggle room to improve any of the components. Not the cheapest system listed here, but maybe the best sounding. (Settle down guys, I said maybe)
- Letitroll, you mentioned you use Audio GD 2.1 DAC/preamp. Exactly which model is this? I'm unable to find it in the website (http://www.audio-gd.com/Products-EN.htm)- Does it work as a pre-amp i.e. will it support multiple (2-3) inputs, and is the volume control analog (won't reduce sound quality)? If in preamp mode, will we also get the benefit of the DAC? In general, how would you describe the sound? I'm mainly trying to understand if it will allow easy listening for some period of time.Thanks!Arun
Has anyone mentioned the floorstanding version of the Tad Jones Pioneer loudspeakers? At $129/pair they would fit well into a sub $1k system. Unlike the highly reviewed and regarded bookshelf version, there seem to be no reviews of this one. As mentioned, add in a $300 network ready receiver or integrated amplifier from Cambridge Audio or Marantz and your off and running for under $500. Add $100 for the subwoofer as desired. I haven't seen any reviews on that either.
ACer JLM per his posts elsewhere and here in particular seems to be a strong advocate of powered speakers particularly in a C&C system. I'm personally a bit old fashioned in that regard preferring separate amplification. Maybe if there was a powered speaker with a tube in it? I've seen this samsung dock / speaker thing that had one. Didn't sound great, but better than a lot of alternatives. In any system, including a C&C one, I don't think you should underestimate the importance of a decent source. Garbage in / out after all. Fortunately DACs have gotten so much better and cheaper that things are not that grim. I wouldn't want to use the internal DAC / crappy output stage of a smartphone or tablet though, even for a C&C system. Maybe as a player via a dock with a digital out to a DAC at a minimum. And at that point you'd be better off just using a computer you have at home or second hand as a media player for next to nothing cost-wise.
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