Magni On The Way-DAC and Cable Suggestions Invited
I just placed my order for a Magni, now the wait begins. I'll be using it to power my living room, Squeezebox-based, system.
I'm still searching for a budget DAC to use with this amp although I can get by with the Squeezebox's internal DAC for the time being. I need a DAC that has optical inputs instead of USB. I'd love to pick up a Bifrost but that's not going to happen any time soon. The budget is pretty low right now after the amp purchase and pending headphone (probably Mad Dogs) buy, so any help would be great.
I'm also considering getting some higher quality, short, RCA cables. I almost ordered the PSYT set from Schiit but held off on that until I did a bit more research. Any suggestions? Now I see that some of you are having static issues. Is that the cables or maybe the USB connection? I won't be using USB on this setup so hopefully that makes a difference.
I'm really looking forward to this amp and will post my impressions when I've had a chance to give it a proper listen.
I got G-Snake RCA cables a long time ago before realizing that both the E9 and O2 (weird about those - letter+number and letter+number) need dual RCA into single RCA cables. So these expensive cables sat in a box until I ordered my Magni. They look nice but I can't use them with my other amps to find out if they make a difference. I could AB them with the $5 RCA cables on the Magni. I'm running an HRT MusicStreamer ii+ to Magni.
What's kind of weird about Schiit is that they seem to me to be traditionalists and the USB input on the Bifrost felt like an extra-price capitulation to the winds of change. It's so weird that they have USB-only input on Modi until you consider them in another way.
You can sort of tell that Schiit thinks about problems to solve more than it thinks about a coherently logical and predictable product launch schedule. I don't have any inside information, but I wouldn't be surprised if Jason and Co. were trying to solve the 'can we kick the crap out of FiiO and NuForce and all the other beginner DAC/Amp producers at a workable price?' question and then went hellbent at that and pared away options till it fit in the $99 box. I for one am glad that they pared away input, wall wart, and distribution options over sonic ones to great extent, although they admit in their FAQ that they went with designs that they don't normally consider for more expensive gear.
All I can find for optical input DACs are either very expensive or very cheap (and therefore of questionable quality).