Hello guys, I haven't been here for a while. But I'm at a dilemma.
I want to get a DAC to use with mainly my computer as source, but also with my Onkyo ND-S1. My speakers are a pair of Yamaha HS80M's. They both have 3 pin balanced inputs and phono trs 1/4" jack inputs. Currently I'm using a 3.5mm jack to dual trs phono's, plugged directly into my computers audio out. So almost anything will be better than what I have now, I experience computer generated buzzing constantly, but not always.
Now, I'm willing to spend $500 maximum, but I'm also willing to save up more to say around 700-800 if there is something that absolutely blows everything else out of the water at the price range, if you get what I mean. I'm not in any rush but I feel that something at $500 would more than likely fulfill my wants.
I'm fond of the Yulong D100, and by the reviews I feel like it would compete fairly against my Bel Canto DAC2. Since it's main competition was Lavry, Benchmark and Grace combo Dac + Amps. It is also good because it has Balanced outputs, the problem is that there is no pre-amp out.
I'm also very fond of the new Audio Gd NFB-10's and NFB 1, 2 and 3. The NFB-10 always comes to mind because I have always wanted to run a fully balanced setup, but I'm not sure if it would be worth it, it mighn't be very much better than my current Bel Canto DAC2 and C2-C setup. If it is better I might wait for it and just use the DAC2 as my DAC for the speakers and perhaps the C2-C to develop a turntable record playing setup later on.
My question there is, in your opinion, would the NFB10WM or ES be a decent upgrade from my current setup (Modded DAC2 + C2-C)?
Another question, is it really worth going balanced with speakers? The only thing that is stopping me from getting the NFB 2 - 3 vs the Yulong D100 is the fact that the cheapest DAC/DAC-Amp I could get with balanced outs in the Audio Gd line would be the NFB10/NFB-1 respectively.
In your opinion, would the NFB-2 be better in sound quality (neutral wise) to the Yulong D100, even if it is single ended?
If I go single ended I'll have to get RCA x2 to Phono TRS x2, I don't know if that will effect sound quality greatly or not.
I appreciate any input regarding my questions,