New to DAC and the possibilities of 2012 technology
I was a very avid reader of What Hi-Fi from 2002 - 2005, spent my student life getting Liberty Eltax 5 Floorstandings speakers, decent Cambridge Audio Amp, NAD CD player, Sony ST-SDB900 DAB tuner etc. However fast forward 9 years and I have to move abroad for 12 months also leaving the misses as this job opportunity is vital. I don't want to take all my Hi-Fi equpment and leave the misses with nothing to listen too.
So basically, I wanna streamline my system. I'm going to buy a new Laptop, DAC and some nice standmounted speakers, but this is where I need you guys to help me as this is all new to me.
Will I need a seperate Amp aswell as the DAC ?
I will most probably will go for the Dell XPS 15z Laptop, Im toying with the idea of the AudioLab M-DAC and then I will be after speakers. I pretty much listen to music for 9 hours of the day, mainly bass heavy electronica, techno, sometimes lyrics ...
I like the sound of the Monitor Audio Bronze BX2 speakers.
I also want to take my Rega RP1 turntable with me, will that work in my new set-up ?
I had wanted to buy a dedicated headphone amp (Graham Slee Novo) but the AudioLab M-DAC will do that for me, is that right ?
As you can see I've started doing some research but I've become a little stuck and forums are always an excellent place for help and advice. I also need some help on getting some decent cables, USB cables as I could hear the difference back in 2004 when I spent that little bit extra on decent cabling.
Hope you guys can help me out .. I'm willing to spend up too £1,000 on the DAC / Speakers / cables / Amp (if needed) ?