@charles1dad I knew the user name SETBliss had to be you and I am sure the new owner will enjoy your Yamamoto for many years to come.
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With your set up and quality of your gear, I’d spend on a good steamer with an app you like, then I’d pair it with a DAC. As others have recommended, buying used is the way to go. In the digital chain everything will matter, especially with your gear. Upgrading which you will likely want to do is a lot easier if you go with a stand alone streamer and DAC.
I’ve had all in one streamer / DAC’s and separates. If you go the all in one route, Lumin D2 with upgraded power supply is really tough to beat. If you go the separate route, Aurilac and Lumin both make great streamers with apps that are well supported. Don’t sleep on how important that app, interface is with a streamer. Node, Cambridge have probably the best in BluOS. MHDT DAC’s are amazing, had the Pagoda balanced but also depends on what sounds good to you. MHDT is very musical, can make even bad recording sound good but they aren’t detailed or as analytical as say a Weis DAC. Research different DAC’s, different designs and implementations, why people either like or dislike the sound signature, roll with what fits best for what you like and the synergy with your existing gear. Then pick a streamer paying close attention to what outputs on the streamer maximize performance and what inputs on the DAC maximize the performance of the DAC. Synergy is key and both streamer and DAC’s will have options, streamers outputs and DAC’s input’s but you’ll find most of the gear will be designed with one of those maximizing sound quality, performance. Buy used, then if you get the itch to go a different direction, you won’t lose too much $$ and the DAC is what you’d swap out. I’ve 2-4 DAC’s that I have been able to a/b compare on my system for a decent stretch, in my system, you can definitely hear the difference from DAC to DAC.
Good luck and welcome to the streaming journey.
The Orchid is a real musical piece. The base unit is good but with the grannyring mods it in another league altogether. Well worth the extra price and used modified ones do show up online. A few months ago I tried to unseat it. Tried the Pontus II, Musician Darco and the Qutest. I tried and tried to warmup the the Qutest but it never sounded quite right. More detail than the Orchid hands down but also kind of uninvolving I could not connect to it. It was a sigh of relief when I put the Orchid back in my system. After auditioning the above DAC’s I realize I prefer R2R implementation.
Hello saulh! There are an enormous number of DACs out there. Most of the sub $1k units sound similar. I have eight of them so far. The used Yaggi sounds like a good move. I'm writing because you may not be aware of how important the cable is if you are planning to use a USB link to the DAC you choose. The USB cable that many use for their printer is not going to do the job for audio. Wireworld Silver Starlight 7 cables are available used at very reasonable prices. Furuteck makes good cables too. The best I've found is from Canada and begins (I think) with "Z." I can't be more specific because I do not have access to my gear right now. My home got flooded and we are living in a hotel for a while, waiting for the home to be repaired. You won't be able to hear the difference between units without a good cable if you are using USB. Enjoy the music!
I have the rme dac. You don’t need an upgraded external power supply. I connected a good one and there was no difference. The rme engineers talk about not needing one. I tried anyway. There are lots of options on the rme. You don’t need to play with any. After a year I started to adjust the parameters and grew to appreciate them. I enjoy the dac quite a bit but can’t give you a/b tests with the other dacs mentioned above.