I’ve been a lurker for several years, but this is my first post. And I’m still a bit of a newbie, though I’m getting better. Having appreciated everyone’s opinions over the years, I’d like to ask you all about my dilemma.
I have a Rega Mira 3 amp with Rega RS3 speakers. My digital source is an iMac streaming AIFF files to an Airport Express. The AE is connected to the Mira 3 via the analog output (I know, I know). My analog source is a Rega P3-24 with a Dynavector 10x5 cartridge.
I absolutely love the sound of my system playing vinyl. However, the digital portion is only adequate, and I also hate not having a headphone jack! So, here are the options I’m considering. Which would all you golden-eared folks recommend?
Option 1: Simply get a DAC (Peachtree iDac or Rega DAC) that can handle the optical output of the AE and get a good headphone amp (Grado A1, perhaps?). This would cost me around $1,500.
Option 2: Get a Peachtree iNova with a Rega Fono phono preamp. This would cost me around $2,200, but I could then sell the Mira 3 and make up a lot of that.
Point is, I would like to upgrade my digital source, but do not want to lose the awesome Rega analog sound. I’m leaning towards option 2 because I feel it would definitely upgrade the digital, and, with the Rega Fono, keep the great analog sound.