I've been out of the hi-fi hobby for a few years. Now that the kids are a little older, I'm getting back into it. I'm building a 2-channel set up. Speakers are done (rear-horn loaded 8" Tang Band driver) and I am building a 300b SE amp that will play speakers of headphones (undecided which ones yet). Now I'm working toward the source components. And this is where it keeps getting complicated for me.
I can use iMac and USB DAC. I've been looking at stuff in the $500-750 range. Two leading contenders are the Schitt Uber Bifrost or the Gungnir (which with USN is a little more than I wanted to spend). Easy and convenient (for now). However, I will be moving the stereo into its own room after I finish the basement. If I use my Mac for music, I'll need to get another computer when I move the stereo (more $$$), as I use my computer for work and it is currently in the office. So I started thinking about a CD player or CD transport/DAC combo. Turns out there is a ton of used gear out there. Seems everybody is going to multi-disc players and dumping their old CD players.
So here is the big question for those who have bee experimenting ...
Would I get a better sound quality with a Mac and USB DAC or a 'nice' cd/multi disc player? I'm thinking something along the lines of a Denon dvd-3930 or Rotel RDV-1092. Those units were mucho expensive when released (and highly reviewed). They seem to be falling off trees around here, as they do not play BR. I guess what I am asking, is do those older 'top end in their time' machines play music as well as a new USB DAC? If they do, then that's the way I'll go as It would leave enough funds for a turntable.
So, what do you think?
Edited by pedalcolorado - 12/9/13 at 8:00am