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ratio DAC+amplifier speakers

ThijsJ

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let's say you have to spend 5,000 pounds or euros in total for a DAC+amplifier and speakers, how much would you spend on the DAC+amplifier, and how much on the speakers?

2500/2500 or
3500/1500 or
1500/3500 or
..... / .....?
 

muljao

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Different folks/different strokes. If I had 5000 I'd read about and try and demo as much as I could. I couldn't in all honesty though think that anything more than an m-dac or maybe the m-dac+ would be required dac wise. Lots think that the differenceces between a 100 pond and 10,000 pound dac are subtle.

It probably would be better to see what you need and want out of your system. usually when we have a budget we go slightly over, though one might not need to spend 5000 on a system to be great
 

ID.

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A pair of Genelec 8351A in white could be snuck into that budget.

Then I'd drive them from my iPhone ;)
 

nopiano

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...but I'd start from 50%/50% split, and see how it goes.

What sources are you using? Are you sticking to your listed items? That might influence things, such as a phono preamp, or a back-up for WAV files.
 

luckylion100

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ID. said:
A pair of Genelec 8351A in white could be snuck into that budget. 

Then I'd drive them from my iPhone ;)
+1 but in black... Could be my final upgrade path... If I win the lottery! ;-)

Upgrade of NAS too, something that could maybe incorporate Roon Core.
 

Rimse

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dac is very important.I would say entry to "state of the art" .From ayre to bryston or chord etc..or may be audio research .For that kind of money depending on musical taste amp and speakers is possible build very nice sounding system
 

nopiano

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Rimse said:
dac is very important.I would say entry to "state of the art" .From ayre to bryston or chord etc..or may be audio research .For that kind of money depending on musical taste amp and speakers is possible build very nice sounding system
Interested to see your kit, as I almost suggested rather than 50:50 that he get something like a Denon PMA 2500 and a pair of your lovely Harbeths. That would be about £1800 and £3300 and includes a DAC!
 

Native_bon

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Rimse said:
dac is very important.I would say entry to "state of the art" .From ayre to bryston or chord etc..or may be audio research .For that kind of money depending on musical taste amp and speakers is possible build very nice sounding system
Just got the Chord 2Qtue dac. Its a revelation on my system. Actually sometimes I feel it sounds too analogue. Even the hardest of recording sound good on the Chord. Now this is the total opposite of how Chord has sounded to me in the pass. The saying has never be more real. Garbage in, garbage out. Its extremely dynamic yet at the same time very analogue sounding. I would give it serious consideration the chord. *dirol*
 

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