- Apr 9, 2013
I'm a newbie when it comes to audiophile and high end equipment, but for the last couple of months I've enjoyed my new stereo system I put together to play vinyl records. My next purchase I'm looking to make is on a DAC. I recently ripped my entire CD collection to flac on my desktop. I'm not sure if I should buy a new sound card for my computer or purchase an external DAC. I currently have a Marantz PM8004 integrated amp hooked up to a pair of Wharfedale Diamond 10.6 Loudspeakers. I'm only interested in playing 2 channel stereo music. Just looking for some suggestions on whether an external DAC or Sound Card would be better and what are the pros and cons for each. Also I'm big on the equipment being pretty neutral when processing the sound. That was one of my main reason for buying the Marantz integrated amp because of it's option to bypass the tone controls on the amp. As for price I'm pretty open, my main concern is the the equipment is on par or above in producing the quality of music I get from my current setup.