I'm planning an upgrade to my system. Currently I have a VAC 80/80, Sonic Frontiers SFL-1, NAIM CD 3.5 and Focal Profile 918's.
Now I want put it all on a hard drive, set it and forget it. I'm looking for some advice on gear as there really aren't dealers for these products in my neighborhood. And not all the products give you the 30-day home trial offer that Benchmark and Mytek do.
* A Mac Mini vs repurposing an older PC whose faceplate stickers claim USB 2.0. I would stick with the older version of Windows as it seems to have easier ASIOS support. My biggest concern is can iTunes on the Mac play all the formats, including DSD. And if it can't, what replacement software should I use?
I know this list is remarkably unoriginal. But...
* Benchmark 2
* Grace m903
* Mytek 192 DSD DAC
* Oppo BDP-105, which I'd use primarily as a DAC. But it's the cheapest in the list and would probably be a better Blu-Ray player than my PS3.
Does anyone know if the Benchmark or Mytek is planned for review soon? Seems they're getting a lot of attention so I wonder if their on the schedule. I could wait until the next issue.