Originally Posted by golgi
I don't have any experience with external DAC's and am just starting to learn about them.
I have an old Rotel RCD-950 cd player. I bought it new back in 1998. It still sounds pretty good. But as upgraditis goes, I'm curious if adding an external DAC will offer a significant improvement. Now, since the cd player was around $500 new, I'd rather not add an external DAC that costs much more.
So far I've considered the Little Dot II or Grant Fidelity TubeDac-11. Would either of these two offer a significant improvement or would I be better off with a more expensive DAC? Would you have any suggestions for a DAC ?
External DAC (Digital to Analog Converter).
So. I'm assuming your looking for an external DAC and external Headphone amplifier?
Might help to know what headphones your using?
The Rotel RCD-950 comes with a (single) coaxial digital output, so you need an external DAC with the coaxial digital input?
The Little DOT II is a headphone amplifier, not a DAC. but could connect to the RCA (Right/Left) analog outputs on the Rotel.
(using the RCA analog outputs means your using the DAC built into the Rotel).
But I'm guessing adding an external DAC would help the audio quality.
The Grant Fidelity TubeDac-11 is an external DAC with a headphone jack
and comes with a coaxial digital input.