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So I'm getting my Sansui 771 back in a few days after a full recapping and other niceties. I'm trying to put together a system that will fit my needs and need a little direction.

 

I want to use my FLAC collection with this amp but don't know if I should go iPod Classic w/Rockbox or some networked audio player. So there's the question of what do I use to deliver my music, then what DAC do I use? Do I buy a portable or buy a desktop unit?

Pro to the iPod/portable route would be I could use it in the car. But then I also don't plan on moving it much and even though I'll grab a 160GB classic I won't have access to all my music.

 

 

So, any notes/things to think about for a somewhat newb?

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So I'm getting my Sansui 771 back in a few days after a full recapping and other niceties. I'm trying to put together a system that will fit my needs and need a little direction.

 

I want to use my FLAC collection with this amp but don't know if I should go iPod Classic w/Rockbox or some networked audio player. So there's the question of what do I use to deliver my music, then what DAC do I use? Do I buy a portable or buy a desktop unit?

Pro to the iPod/portable route would be I could use it in the car. But then I also don't plan on moving it much and even though I'll grab a 160GB classic I won't have access to all my music.

 

 

So, any notes/things to think about for a somewhat newb?

 

Thing you need to know : most of receiver's headphone out, especially vintages and/or cheap ones, do not have dedicated headphone amplification section. Most of them just throw some resistors from main outs. It means that headphone output has very high output impedance, which won't be well with low-impedance headphones like Grados. Grab ones with 250ohm+ impedance.

 

Example would be Sennheiser HD600, 650, Beyer DT770/880/990 T90/T5/T1 which have about 250ohm or 600ohm depends on the model you choose. Problem is those headphones are expensive ones.

 

I believe you have a computer. You can make Computer -> DAC -> Receiver -> Headphones. 

 

 

No need to buy an expensive DAC at this point. Decent ones like Modi ( http://schiit.com/products/modi ) would do its job well.

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I will be using the Sansui with speakers, so looks like I go iPod -> DAC/Headphone Amp (use headphones here. duh) -> 2nd DAC output -> Sansui/Speakers? I'd need a DAC with multiple outputs or a apm/DAC with an out wouldn't I?

 

Headphone wise I just have a pair of AKG K240MKII at the moment. I'm looking at a pair of Mr.Speaker Mad Dogs.

 

One thing with the iPod classic route is I'd like to use Rockbox but I wonder how much functionality I will lose?

 

Delivering the music (iPod, dedicated computer (like raspberryPi w/MPD) or network audio player) is something Im looking for ideas on. I'd like to listen to music in as close to puttin-in-a-cd way as possible. I tend to listen to whole albums.

 

I'm really trying to keep this as simple as possible. Feels like I wont be able to.

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So it looks like the iPod classic is out as I'm insistent on using FLAC and the stock firmware doesn't do it. Also Rockbox's digital out doesn't work under Rockbox. So, looking for other options.

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