Hi! I'm new to the forum and reaching out to you for some help...
I want to buy a new Integrated stereo amplifier for my used Bowers & Wilkins speakers DM 603 s3 [Frequency range(-6dB)- 34Hz and 42kHz; Power handling - 150W into 8Ω; Sensitivity - 90dB spl (2.83V, 1m)
I want to play my digital music [stored on a hard drive and played on my MAC] through a Sonos receiver powered into a DAC and then plugged into a powerful Integrated stereo amplifier that can drive well the B&Ws. The music I listen is classic rock (Deep Purple, Led Zep, Dire Straits), Jazz, Easy listening e.t.c....
My living room is quite large at about 45 square meters. The budget I am considering is about $1,000 (can up it to $2000 if the difference in sound quality is really worth that incremental spend).
Two questions on my mind are:
1. Is it worth the investment to buy a DAC or should I just spend the $s on the Integrated stereo amplifier?
2. Given the large space and speaker specifications, what brand/ model should I go for?
One of the options I am considering is Emotiva XPA-200 along with Emotiva XDA-2. Online reviews of Emotiva. however, are quite extreme both ways. I am based in India and will need to buy the Amp and DAC from either the US or UK. Given that I will not be able to demo the configuration unfortunately. Will have to just go with feedback and hope it sound well. Any suggestion is highly appreciated