Help me spend $1000 in upgrades
Feb 24, 2020 at 7:50 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 3


100+ Head-Fier
Jun 20, 2008
Philharmonic AA monitors
Integra DTR 6.5 receiver
Asus Essence STX II as the DAC

Sounds great, but I'm getting bored and have some money to spend. It also has little issues.

The DAC in the soundcard is pretty damn good, but sometimes when changing sources, a nasty static sound would come out of the speakers. Smoked 2 tweeters already.

I could also use the space for a bigger videocard.

So far I've been looking at a NAA 2200 amp and a Topping D90 DAC.

I also have a spare Martin Logan Dynamo 700 sub sitting around...

Any other alternatives or recommendations? Thanks.
Feb 24, 2020 at 1:26 PM Post #2 of 3
Feb 25, 2020 at 10:24 AM Post #3 of 3
The first thing I would do is replace the tweeter-frying soundcard. The next thing I would do is mount the speakers on ISO-Stands to isolate them from the resonant desk, tilted or raised so the tweeters are aimed at your ears.

I use the ISO-200 under my monitors, tilted and sitting on large chest of drawer type furniture. The sound improvement was a delight, easily worth the modest investment, and not attainable through any other gear changes.

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