Advice on what to upgrade
- Thread starter m1dnight
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I've been wanting to start upgrading my audio equipment but I don't know where to start. At the moment I have the following hardware:
Soundcard: Soundblaster Xfi Platinum (specs)
Amplifier: Marantz 1090 (specs)
Headphones: AKG 550 (specs(pdf))
Speakers: Cheap tower speakers. The specs on the back say "120W max power, 4 ohm, 87 dB, 45-20 Hz).
I know there is room for upgrades. I'd like to get an idea on what would be the best thing to spend a bit of money on. I'm not really looking for something that would fit in a budget here, but I'm just looking to gain some information on what would be the best thing to buy. I have been looking around on various websites but I can't really make sense what would be the most important component to upgrade w.r.t. my current hardware. As an audio noobie I find it rather difficult to get an idea of what has which importance in the chain of hardware or what the quality of certain hardware is.
If I understand correctly a DAC would be nice since that is the worst component in my setup, I believe? Or would the increased audio quality be undone by the rest of my hardware (e.g., amplifier or speakers) ? Another idea I had was for an amplifier for my headphones alone? This would imply upgrading the sound quality when using headphones. Perhaps that would be a cheaper path to good quality audio.
If this is the wrong forum to ask, I apologize. But I saw another thread where advice was being given so I thought I would try