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...I don't feel it should be the only factor. I'm not a "listen with your eyes and not ears" kind of person and am also considering some of the tube and ladder dacs. That being said I am leaning toward one of those Uber transparent under 1k dacs and investing more in the pre amp...
I'm leery of the value of super low distortion figures. Decades ago the industry adopted distortion measurement standards that were in the whole number percentage range and they correlated with what was heard. Now we measure way below that and I doubt if the correlation still holds. I run a NAD M10 "streaming amplifier" which is a throughly modern all-in-one piece (streamer, DAC, preamp, power amp, even includes Dirac). Amazing how simple life can get. Operates from PC, tablet, or smartphone, wired or wirelessly, accepts analog and various digital inputs, has preamp and subwoofer outputs, has a nice big screen, is relatively small and lightweight, and of course needs no interconnects. I've forgotten the issues involved with servers, cables, DACs, etc.But when I say throughly modern the also need to include glitches. Load time (from a flash drive or Tidal favorites) is slow. Tidal Connect is supposed to help but have given up trying to get it to run. Now it reverts back to playing the same album each time an album ends plus it fads out/in briefly shortly after the music starts up (with the latest firmware/reset). And since a reset (recommended after each firmware update) I can't get Dirac to complete the room measurements, so am running without it. Have also read of lots of other minor complaints of NAD gear. But it provides the best sound I've ever had. So casually looking into "mid-priced" streamers/DACs with volume control like Arcam ST60, and Cambridge Audio 851N to go with straight analog balanced active monitors for a really simple system.
The answer for you is likely driven mostly by what level of fidelity you want to achieve vs what $ you want to spend.I'm happy with a Raspberry Pi with a hardware HAT (Allo Digione) running PiCore. It outputs coax to my DAC.I stream music I have inside my own house via Logitech Media server s/w and a cheap old netbook as the "server". I use an app called iPeng to control the music I stream this way.I stream Apple Music from my phone to the Pi by Airplay. Phone then controls the tunes this way.I'm lucky enough to be able to ethernet connect my router, server and PiCore (player) so it all runs great for me.Best fidelity? Nope. Well under $500 including the netbook, Pi, HAT etc? Yup.Worth it to me.
It’s not a super high end setup, but man it delivers for musical enjoyment just the way it is.
Loudspeakers and the room have the biggest effect on sound reproduction quality. Next comes synergy between power amp and loudspeakers. Everything else is secondary.
It's that last part I have a problem with. Great speakers, well matched amp, and a crappy recording sounds like..... a crappy recording. The quality of the source is also of primary importance.
I scored a used MHDT Orchid that I feel is superb. It is as close to a vinyl sound that I can find and it is my sixth DAC.
...Are you guys ripping CDs or do you subscribe to any of of high rez download services?I read this a few times that certain hq high rez downloads equal vinyl. It seems like streaming can get very very close. What interests me about streaming is the convenience for the family and the ease of exploration of new material. I have been thinking about one the streamers with a few terabytes of storage and maybe do both.
@ VinceT, yes I do rip cd’s to an external HD. In the early days this was the only way of dealing with digital audio outside of a CDP and traditional spinning of physical media. As downloads became available with companies like HD Tracks I gravitated toward this method. Understand too I will also re-burn a CD onto a Mitsui Audio Master gold disc and will play those as often if not more so than using my computer music server. FWIW I use Audirvana on a Mac Book Pro currently but have used Mac Mini’s in the past. Room seems to get a lot of mixed opinions with sound quality and I don’t like the idea of subscription based players so have staid away from This one. Lately I have also been down sampling high res downloads to CD quality, burn a disc with superb results. I use DB PowerAmp to accomplish the sample rate conversion due to its superior algorithms compared to others. Regarding your comment about family convenience for music, it may be a fools errand. Very few young adults let alone teens and earlier age people care for nothing more than an iPhone and a pair of earbuds. My wife till this very day will not touch our HT combined music system but rather prefers her iPhone with earbuds listening to books on tape. She will not even touch the remote. The thing is she is not alone this attitude. The point being all of this stuff has become on an order of magnitude far too complex and rife with issues. Hope this helps.
Escott1377 and routlaw.Are you guys ripping CDs or do you subscribe to any of of high rez download services?I read this a few times that certain hq high rez downloads equal vinyl. It seems like streaming can get very very close. What interests me about streaming is the convenience for the family and the ease of exploration of new material. I have been thinking about one the streamers with a few terabytes of storage and maybe do both.
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