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What's my next move? (Dac,amp,???)

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Thread Starter 
I'm trying to decide where to upgrade my system... I hope someone can help:

Sony Cd/DVD player (early 2000's) --- sony receiver (early 90s) ---- sennheiser hd 558.

Sounds ok, but I'm not satisfied
I listen to cds. I plan to stick with this.
Budget $400 max.

Based on what I've read, a new Dac seems like the next logical step, right?

Since I'm plugged into a receiver headphone jack, with 558s, is an amp not priority for now?

Other options that I wonder about: new CD player...dac/amp all in one...

What should my next purchase be to get the most significant improvement in sound? Thanks.
post #2 of 8

What is the make and model of the Sony CD/DVD player and the Sony receiver?

 

Audio-GD NFB-15.32 DAC/Amp, $255 + shipping

Comes with USB, optical & coaxial inputs and had dual DAC chips.

Should be able to drive any future headphone purchase (as well as the HD558).

Mine arrived a week ago.

http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/Headphoneamp/NFB1532/NFB15.32EN.htm

post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
I'm i don't know the models, I assume cdp is average, receiver is better.
What about Cambridge dacs, or musical fidelity dac?
I'm leaning towards dac vs a combo amp... Maybe to invest solely in one aspect, because amp can come later.
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
Ok here's a question- there's an onkyo c7030 cdp for $180. Amazon.
How much money would I need to spend on an external dac to beat the one in the onkyo? With my $400 budget, is this cdp going to beat my other options?
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Originally Posted by seamus4593 View Post

Ok here's a question- there's an onkyo c7030 cdp for $180. Amazon.
How much money would I need to spend on an external DAC to beat the one in the Onkyo? With my $400 budget, is this cdp going to beat my other options?

I would think the ($55) Hifimediy Sabre U2 DAC chip (ES9023) could give the Onkyo's DAC chip (WM8718) some competition.

post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
Oh ****... So that onkyo must not be as great as I thought. I guess the $180 for a new cdp would be better spent on a dac.
post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by seamus4593 View Post

Oh ****... So that Onkyo must not be as great as I thought. I guess the $180 for a new CDP would be better spent on a DAC.

There is a reason Onkyo does not list the DAC model, it is a Wolfson 24-bit/192Khz, but there is no listing for the model number.

I like Onkyo and have owned three of there A/V receivers, but some manger at Onkyo counts the pennies.

There are not going to spend more on a DAC chip then they have to.

post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 
Oh here's the model on the cdp and manual. Sony dvp nc665p I looked at the specs, but I'm out of my element when it comes to these things.
https://docs.sony.com/release/DVPNC665P.pdf
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