I’m considering on purchasing my first DAC, but I really don’t know where to start. First let me explain and detail my current setup.
It’s a vinyl setup
TT: VPI Scoutmaster with a Dynavector 17D3 cartridge
Phono stage: Aesthetix Rhea (tube phone/pre)
Marantz PM11S2 Integrated Amp feeding my Focal Audio 826v speakers
I use a woo audio 6se feeding my Grado PS1000 and RS1i, which is connected to my Aesthetix Rhea tube phone stage, but I honestly don’t use the headphone setup nearly as much, because I’m typically on my computer in another room doing work. I’m considering moving my WA6SE into my computer room and acquiring a DAC for my headphone usage, and just moving the amp back into my vinyl setup whenever needed.
My requirements of the DAC are going to be a 120/220 toggle switch, XLR and RCA outputs, SPDIF coax input. I’ve been browsing specifications on numerous DAC’s but there are too many for me to decipher on my own.
One other question that I have is if the DAC can plug directly into the WA6SE without a preamp or is a separate or integrated preamp (like the benchmark pre) needed?
I apologize in advance for blasting this kind of question, I just figured that I might be able to generate some good response.
Thanks in advance.