I'm a newbie-working with a Grado 225i and forthcoming Asgard 2. I'm looking forward to checking out DAC options in addition to other cans like HE. I need a good place to start the journey.
In addition to the Bifrost, the HTR MicroStreamer and Music Streamer's look interesting to me. If any of you are bringing the HTR stuff, I'd love to check them out as well as Schiit DACS
I'm interested in:
1. Bypassing my PC's soundcard to improve listening to digital music on my PC (PC-DAC & amp-HP's)
2.Using a DAC between between PC and receiver (PC-DAC-stereo receiver)
3. Using a DAC between a NAS AND headphones (NAS-DAC-HP)
4. Potentially using a DAC between a Sonos connect and stereo (router-outboard DAC-SONOS connect-home audio receiver)
I'll be looking to pick some brains on good place to start....no, I'm not expecting one DAC to do all of the above!
I do know that I want to improve the sound listening to my current Onkyo streaming receiver and PC
I'm also fairly new and looking to get my first DAC (I've been using an internal sound card). I'm 90% sure I'll be getting an ODAC, but I've also been considering the Schiit Modi. I think any USB DAC should work in your setup, though I'm not sure about the NAS with a USB device. It needs to be a installed - there would have to be a PC in between managing it. Depends on the capability of the NAS I suppose. For the Sonos, I guess you'd need a DAC with analog inputs or optical in (depending on what connections yours has), so entry level options with optical in would be the Audioengine D1 or Audinst HUD-MX1/MX2. The only entry level DACs with RCA input I can think of at the moment are the Maverick D1 and Aune T1, but they are tube-based. Basically, there are alot of options out there, so the meet will be very beneficial!