I will be using balanced Beyerdynamic T1 Black Dragon and a fully balanced Integrated (Yamaha A-S2000)
My end goal here is to have PC (20TB RAID5)/CD/SACD/BluRay/Phono sources, all balanced (sans phono), across BOTH 2CH and Headphones with least amount of gear/signal chain as possible, and with 2 different DACs across all sources to tailor my sound. I will complete my goal with 7 total components, including the PC and Phono pre! 6 if it were a DAC/Amp/Pre. The only downfall is lots of back end cables lol. The price you pay for my amazing functionality. Oh, and all of it will be controllable with a Harmony 900 RF remote!
Impressive? I think so
I absolutely need multiple Balanced analog inputs on the amp/pre. Combos that can work are;
1) 1x ACSS, 1x XLR, 1x RCA inputs
2) 2x XLR, 1x RCA inputs
My sources are Oppo 95 XLR out, Phono Pre RCA out, ACSS/XLR DAC out (upgrading from Burson HA-160D)
I am considering the Yulong D18 $699 or the NFB-17.2 $499 (Shipping included) as my external DAC source.
I must not go over $1,500. The matching Yulong A18 amp is appealing, but not having multiple analog inputs, Pre amp or remote is deal breaker for the $899 asking price, as I will keep the amp longer than the DAC for sure.
The only one I can find currently is the Audio-gd NFB-6 $450 and that looks like a VERY nice combo with the NFB-17.2 for a received quote of $948 with ACSS cables and shipping. Is it too good to be true?! The only thing I can think of on equal terms of connectivity is the Violectric combo at $2,300!
From what I gather, the Wolfson DACs are more forgiving for Redbook quality audio which is a definite plus, as I find the Oppo 95 with Sabre XLR out too revealing/harsh of anything less than HD music (yes, my speakers and headphones are THAT revealing). If I desire more detail than the Wolfson, I can simply play through the Oppo 95. Help!
Edited by brunk - 6/2/12 at 12:09am