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drewrf's picture
Last seen: 7 months 3 weeks ago
Joined: Mar 16 2012 - 3:25pm
Looking to upgrade

My current system is as follows:

DIY Speakers with Jordan JX92S drivers (love them but they can sound tinny)

NAD 3155 I picked up at a G sale

Mid-2009 MacBook Pro iTunes

PS1 as CD Player

ProJect Debut III with stock Orotofon cart I won in a contest (phono section doesn't sound as good as I think it should sound)


85% of my music is FLAC or ALAC, 10% Vinyl, 5% CD

Currently the PS1 is the best sounding source component which means if I really want to enjoy most of my music I end up burning it to a CD.


I am looking to spend around $250 to make an upgrade to my system. I am thinking that I need a DAC and have looked specifically at the HRT Music Streamer II, Schiit Bifrost USB DAC, Peachtree DAC IT,and the Audioquest Dragonfly is intriguing to be too because I could use it for headphones too (I listen to music at work quite often but am more dedicated to my setup at home).


So the question is: is slowly building the system by adding components like a DAC what I should do? Is there anything big I am missing? I am young and would like to keep building and improving this system for years to come.


Thanks for any and all advice. I am just trying to get an opinon from someone who isn't trying to sell me something.

Drtrey3's picture
Last seen: 1 year 2 months ago
Joined: Aug 17 2008 - 2:52pm

Glad you are here! The cool thing about it when we are beginning to care about better sound is that almost any more informed choice will make our system sound better! A dac would really help your ripped files sound better. Doubling up with a dac/headphone combo would also be smart. Great headphones are muc cheaper than really good speakers! There are lots of ways you could go, but a new dac will sound better and that will get you even more excited about your music and good sound!


drewrf's picture
Last seen: 7 months 3 weeks ago
Joined: Mar 16 2012 - 3:25pm
Thank you for your response

Thank you for your response Trey.


Can anyone reccomend and good DAC/Headphone Amp combos that can provide a line-level and headphone output for less than $350 (ideally in the $250 range)?

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