Get a DAC+Amp combo? Something like the Hegel H300?
I got a chance to demo the NAIM SuperNait2 + Direct DAC yesterday. (On a pair of $20K Dali Epicon 8 speakers.) Source was my laptop running Foobar2K with lossless FLAC files.
Most hi-fi audio is stored in digital form. With advancements in lossless compression, bit-perfect ripping/streaming, HD audio formats, multi-terabyte storage, and PC-friendly DACs, has the PC earned a place among high-end audio gear? At what price point?
Continued at http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/high-end-pc-audio,3733.html
I hadn't seen this posted here yet.
Grab onto your butts and starts reading. The conclusions will make waves here.
I have been following this DAC for a while. I have to admit that Purrin's decision to test it via a method other then USB is curious and such an extremely negative review is a bit of anomaly. Am I ready to jump on it?
I still have four DACs in the running...
Teddy Pardo DAC-USB... $1500
Chord Chordette HD... $1700