Long time lurker, timid poster. I’m looking for some advice on improving my setup. At the moment this is my configuration:
External USB hard drive -> 2011 Apple Mac Mini -> iTunes -> Audirvana+ -> no name USB cable -> Olimex USB isolator -> Audinst MX1 DAC -> Hosa RCA to 1/4” interconnects -> Yamaha HS80M active speakers
I also use Audio Technica ATH-A500 direct from the Audinst.
I am considering the following upgrades: Schiit Bifrost Uber ($720AU) + Schiit Magni ($208AU) + Grado SR60i ($120AU).
(1) What do you think is the weak link in my setup?
(2) what sequence do you think I should upgrade in (I.e. Headphones first then DAC+amp)?
(3) Would the Grados be an improvement or sidestep from my current Audio Technicas?
I don’t have any real ‘issues’ with my current setup but would like more clarity and sound stage and boost in overall sonic quality. I don’t want to spend much more than $1,000 total on upgrades. Unfortunately I have recently moved a regional town in Australia and don’t have hifi friends or hifi shops within travelling distance to listen to things first hand so will have to buy blind.
Any advice from those more experienced would be of great assistance in pinpointing the most efficient way of improving my setup.