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Will I benefit from a DAC?

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Hi guys have just bought a Denon TU1800 DAB tuner and about to obtain Marantz CD6004 into Marantz PM6004 and MA BX2'S my question is will I benefit from the addition of a DAC for each item and if so what should I be looking to spend on them?

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Colin

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RE: Will I benefit from a DAC?

I would change the Marantz PM6004 for the Rotel RA-11 amp and connect the tuner and CD player digitally to use the Rotel's inbuilt DAC. That will be far cheaper than buying an external DAC. 

I don't know if you are able to arrange a demo and listen to these items first, but I doubt it will make much difference. The Marantz amp is very good but it is a £250 amp. To get a big improvement over the Denon tuner and Marantz CD player you will need to spend quite a bit more than that. There is little point spending a lot of money on a DAC just to feed a £250 amp, no matter how good the PM6004. If you can arrange a demo and you hear a value for money improvement, then great. 

 

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RE: Will I benefit from a DAC?

That's an angle I hadn't thought of jj, thanks for that - off this weekend for some auditions then.

cheers, Colin