My dad had a pretty nice speaker set up with his record player that I used to enjoy (and dance to!) as a kid, but ever since about 15 years ago, it's been collecting dust.
I dusted off the amp and am trying to see if it will have any use in my new, computer-based, setup. It's vintage solid state amp (McIntoch MC 2505) - I'm still a newbie when it comes to anything head/hi-fi so I've got to ask... Am I doing this right?!
My current setup is: Macbook Pro (ALAC through iTunes) --> uDAC (RCA outs, Red/White 1/4" Stereo output) --> into Stereo Input on the MC 2505.
Basically, I wanted to use the uDAC as DAC only (S/PDIF) --> MC2505 does all the amping/volume control.
Unfortunately, I can't use the coaxial out on the uDAC as there's no coaxial into the MC2505 (For obvious reasons).
So basically the uDAC is amping the USB signal from macbook..which is then getting amped again by the MC2505. I've messed with the L/R gain settings some... but didn't need to raise it by much (they're driving the ATH-M50's... which are EASILY driven).
I've noticed that the sound is a bit warmer and "rounder", especially in the bottom end but nothing mind blowing. Plugging straight into the uDAC's headphone out actually sounds clearer, but the treble is a bit more irritating; also, the it sounds a bit "flatter", if that makes any sense O_o
Any tips or criticisms?