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Next upgrade to computer stereo system?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hi all,

 

I am using the following setup and wondering if anyone has suggestions for my next upgrade - I am looking for what will provide the best bang for the buck (highest % improvement in sound to $ cost ratio)

 

foobar2000 >

HRT Music Streamer II (DAC) >

Harmon Kardon HK 3490 >

Polk Audio RTi4 + Polk Audio PSW10

 

Not looking to upgrade headphones but have Grado SR80i for home use and Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear for on-the-go.

 

Thanks!


Edited by dpmacd - 2/10/14 at 4:54pm
post #2 of 10

Subwoofer?  HiRez music?  What are you using for playback software on your PC?  And headphones, if you like to listen that way...!:L3000:

post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

Oh sorry I have a Polk Audio PSW10 sub.  Not really looking to upgrade that right now since I live in an apt building.

 

Source is foobar2000 w/ ASIO4ALL and mostly FLAC and high bitrate MP3.

 

Not looking to upgrade headphones at this stage either but have Grado SR80i for home use and Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear for on-the-go.

 

cheers

post #4 of 10
Get rid of the PSW10. It's a very basic, lowest budget, entry level sub. You can greatly improve over the sound of it, more than upgrading anything else. Get an Outlaw M8 or HSU STF-1 8" sub. Much better sound quality. Even though you live in an apartment building, you will benefit from not hearing one note wonder sub sounds.

I see you have the 3490. Do you like the DAC in the HRT Music Streamer II a lot better? I always wondered how good the DAC in the 3490 is. I have the HK 3390 (no DAC).
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the input.

 

I use the Music Streamer as a means of getting audio from USB to RCA.  It sounds great but not sure what the difference would be with the 3490 DAC.

post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 

Any other suggestions?

post #7 of 10
Budget often is the biggest factor in making determinations of what to improve. What's your budget range?
post #8 of 10

Your amp is good, improving your speakers would help alot.

 

If your budget is $300 or under, I would look at Ascend CBM-170SE.

 

$500 or under I would look at Swan D2.1SE.

 

$1000 or under I would look at NHT Classic Three or Ascend Sierra 1.

 

$1500 or under I would look at Revel Performa 3 M105, Ascend Sierra 2, or KEF LS50.

 

$10k or under I would look at Joseph Audio Pulsars, or Dynaudio C1 II (used you can find either of these for probably $3-4k).

 

Unlimited budget I would look at Raidho D1 :D


Edited by astrallite - 2/10/14 at 10:30pm
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys, really appreciate the recs.  I would be willing to spend enough on each piece of gear to make a somewhat significant jump up.

 

So for my next sub I would look at spending $200-250

Next set of bookshelf speakers $300-350

 

I take it that upgrading DAC would not yield high returns?

post #10 of 10
The Music Streamer II is a pretty good DAC. Any improvements over it would be very minor.
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