How much to budget for DAC?
I am investigating getting a stand alone DAC to use with my current hp media centre but really have no clue as to what I should be aiming to spend. I do currently have a budget of £1000. My hifi system is as follows:
Roksan Caspian cd
Arcam A85 amp
Chord chorus interconnects
MA gold reference 20 floor standers
Chord Epic twin speaker cable
hp mediia center with realtek ALC888s chipset (HD sound capable) coax out to
Yamaha DSP-E800 processor
Foobar2000 & WMC playing CD collection on FLAC
iPad 2 as remote control (Monkeymote) and for streaming music to my ear buds
As you can see from my set up that some of it is a few years old now and I am not up to date with what's what. To compound that I live miles from anywhere so really want to try and do some homework first before investing. I play 90% of my music through the pc now which gives a very credible and natural sound through the Yamaha but without as much detail, timbre and control to instruments that the Roksan gives. I would like to replace the Roksan completely if possible and move more towards HD music in future. So my question is, is my budget for a DAC realistic and enough to give a significant improvement to the pc sound over the Roksan, or at least match it?
Any help much appreciated.