Originally Posted by wfranklin
Yes. Using as primary for home as well as portable at work. Laptop is the source in both cases.
Thanks to everyone for the replies. Sounds like a very nice addition to your rig. The ability to listen at home and at work must be a big plus.
Here's my quandary...
Since I'm shopping for my first DAC, and have never heard my HPs through a DAC, I don't have a basis for comparison.
I'm able to stream and listen to my PC music files from an Onkyo receiver through my home wifi network.I'm in the process of upgrading my stereo and I'm even looking at Sonos to have different wireless speaker zones. But, that's a different story....
Anyway, since I've not purchased a DAC yet, I'm just curious how much better listening to my PC digital music files or streaming will sounds from a PC w/ a decent dedicated DAC vs from my Onkyo receiver with the built in Onkyo receiver DAC. Since I don't have a dedicated external DAC yet, I'm listening primarily to my cell phone on the go, and though the receiver for dedicated listening rather that my PC as the Onkyo sounds way better than the soundcard in my PC.
If I listen to a CD, I have two choices-HP jack from my my dedicated CD player or from the receiver. The CD player HP jack def sounds better than through the HP jack on my receiver. But, the receiver doesn't sound horrible. I would say that the Onkyo receiver sounds decent, but not 'out of this world' good.
Is it safe to assume that a dedicated decent DAC connected to a PC will improve the SQ from a typical stereo receiver that can access digital music files and and streaming services?
Hopefully, I'll be able to check out a few DACS in upcoming meet in my area next month.