I apologize in advance if this is a stupid question but I am an audio noob. So right now I have an iMac 27" connected to my Mackie Hr824's, I also have the Sennheiser hd25's. I was thinking of getting an ext DAC like the fiio E7+E9 combo to increase the sound quality of my music.
However, now I am looking to purchase a vintage turntable to play some of the LP's I have purchased. I was wondering instead of the DAC could I perhaps just purchase a stereo receiver instead? Or should I still get a DAC and run the iMac through the DAC to the receiver. I know that the turntable would need to be hooked up to the receiver via a phono preamp if the receiver is relatively new. So basically the question is now that I am looking to hookup the turntable to the Mackie's as well obviously I need a receiver right? And so do I need the DAC for my iMac or can I just run the music via cable straight to the receiver? And also I would appreciate any suggestions regarding if I should purchase a vintage receiver to go with the vintage turntable I plan on purchasing? Also any suggestions on what type of receiver I should get? My budget is <$200.
Sorry if this was long I would appreciate any help? Thanks!