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PC audio source upgrade for Wharfedale 10.5+Marantz PM6004

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Thread Starter 

Hey,

 

Got an X-Fi XtremeGamer as a source right now but I reckon some upgrade might be needed to support 10.5+PM6004 I just got.

Was looking at X-Fi Titanium HD for it's price tag (can be obtained at around 120$) but still got some doubts about this XtremeGamer -> TitaniumHD upgrade, and whether I should go with an USB DAC instead.

Budget is limited to 200$, I'd say.

post #2 of 4

If your a gamer, I would think to get the Titanium HD

Connect the RCA outputs on the Titanium HD to the RCA inputs on the Marantz.

A used Xonar DX or D1 (CS4398 DAC chip), used $60, would be an improvement over the XtremeGamer (audio quality wise).

 

For for just an external USB DAC.

HifimeDiy Sabre U2 USB DAC, $55 plus shipping

http://hifimediy.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=123

post #3 of 4
If you are not a gamer, look into the Schiit Modi. Great external USB DAC for $100.
post #4 of 4
Thread Starter 

thanks for the replies.

I will be playing some games but not that much. It will mostly be movies/series.

So I don't need USB DAC/AMP combo (like most of the USB DACs are), only DAC, as I will be using an external amp. Is that correct?

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