I have recently purchased an Apple Mac Mini and wondered how much difference using a DAC would make to the sound coming through my Hifi.
My hifi is only a humble one Marantz Cd6000 OSE, NAD C325BEE and Monitor Audio Silver 4i. (And a spare Sony MDS JE530 in the garage)
I know a direct comparison between my iTunes collection and an ordinary CD in my Marantz is unfair, to rate the built in DAC in the Mac, but the output of DVD replay through the Mac is also relatively flat.
Would an in-line DAC between my Mac and Hifi be worth the outlay, or would using the DAC in my curently out of use Minidisc recorder provide similar improvements without the additional outlay and if so are there any recommendations?
( I have been looking at things like the Musical Fidelity (old) x-series DACs on places like e-bay, but would that really be compatable with the optical output of the Mac Mini?)