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best cheap way to connect zensor 1 to a pc

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Just got round to installing a new ssd that i have had sitting in my pc for about a year :). So i am now ripping my collection as flac to my ex primary hdd. At the moment i have onboard sound from a cheapish motherboard and crappy 9.99 bundled speakers.

The pc is in a smallish 14 by 10 (ish) room and judging by the reviews the dali zensor 1s are more than enough for what i need. 

So what would be the best cheap way to power these speakers through my pc?

I am a complete noob at this sort stuff but what i do know is the music sounds better when it sounds better :) and my pc sounds **** at the mo.

All suggestions will be appreciated and considered 

I have a budget of around 250

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This one is a Class T (fullrange Class D) high efficiency amplifier with a USB input. However, as a one box solution, it may have two disadvantages depending on your preferences and requirements. First, it's a basic DAC. Don't knock it immediately since I still prefer the PCM2702 DAC in my Meier Cantate over a bunch of entry-level and higher CD Players, all the way up to a Rega Apollo (too warm/dark), in terms of soundstage with headphones, but of course if you can't listen to them all I'd err on the side of a DAC with better specs on paper. Second, depending on how loud you might want it and how much current the Dali Zensor 1's need, 15wpc at 8ohms might be enough to drive a speaker with 86db efficiency. Or not. But just an example, my 30wpc NAD 304 can drive 88db tower speakers to ear-splitting levels, and Topping isn't really known for inflating power output ratings like mainstream home theater receiver manufacturers (measuring output on only one channel loaded) because they're all generally the same TriPath chips used by these manufacturers.

However since your budget is up to $250 I'd recommend this 100w x 2 at 8ohm Class D amplifier (with a wireless input option!) and this DAC.

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Thanks for the repky :)

And thanks for the info. I didnt know if getting a sperate amp and dac would be best way to go or get a all in one hifi thingy to hook up to the pc... &im still unsure so i give a bit more info

When i decided to make my pc sound good i thought i would start at the price/type of speaker i wanted. They have great reviews wwhich seem to describe everything i want them to do....detailed ...netural. ect... Im not a mssive basshead, (I would prefer to hear all the music rather than have one part dominate the others), so the few reviews stating a bit of a lack of bass shouldnt be an issue for me.

I would like them to go loud....mostly they will be at low levels but for when the dad dancing call is too strong to resist i would like to have the power on hand.

 

My main concern is whether my budget will do the zensors justice. Can the budget i have run them somewhere near their potential? Or would i do better to spend less on  different speakers and more on the kit to hook them up.

Im not in a position to test out anything due to location/ lazziness and dont have the money to keep buying until i find something i am happy with. So im kinda winging it with the help of reviews forums etc.

And if i sound like a noob its coz i am.

 

P.S. i would also like a headphone out if possible :)

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I would like them to go loud....mostly they will be at low levels but for when the dad dancing call is too strong to resist i would like to have the power on hand.

 

My main concern is whether my budget will do the zensors justice. Can the budget i have run them somewhere near their potential? Or would i do better to spend less on  different speakers and more on the kit to hook them up.

 

At that budget it can work, just get the separate amp and DAC above because 15w to a speaker with an efficiency rating that much less than 90db isn't a lot of power.

 

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P.S. i would also like a headphone out if possible :)

 

You'd have to spend more, if at least on the DAC. Class D amps tend to be cheap but these are the low power models, and they're usually the ones with a DAC and/or headphone amp built in. Depending on what headphones you're planning on using, but at a bare minimum get the Audioengine D1 DAC an use it with the more powerful amp I linked. If budget is tight for now, you can probably get a cheap Bluetooth USB adapter for your PC for the meantime (do check if this actually works though; or use your smartphone/tablet) and get a DAC (especially if you need one with a more powerful headphone amp in it) later on.

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