Azur 851A & DAC (Audiolab M-DAC or DacMagic Plus) or Azur 851A & Audio Stream Magic 6?
Basically I listed down ALL my requirements and I tried to compile a list with the components I need to achieve my goal. Right now I have it narrowed down to 3 different options. There are loooots of good reasons why I have selected these components.
Please follow the links below to see (one image is 1000 words)
Option 1 (highest overall price): http://prntscr.com/r6dhf
Option 2 (mid overall price): http://prntscr.com/r6dkz
Option 3 (lowest overall price): http://prntscr.com/r6dnh
I need some feedback/consultation/counter suggestions on the following:
1. If I go with the pure DAC option does it make sense to invest the extra amount of money for the Audiolab M-DAC? or DacMagic Plus will do the job?
2. I really like the idea behind the CA Stream Magic 6 (which really eliminates the need to also buy/setup a SONOS Connect) but I am reading really bad comments/negative feedback from the users out there...any personal experience?
3. I have not yet auditioned (planning to, if it's possible) the CA Azur 851A and the KEF Q300? Any personal experience with Cambridge Audio integrated amplifiers & KEF speakers? (In the future I am planning to upgrade to the R-300s)
4. Azur 851A was NOT my first choice for music amplifier BUT one of my requirements is to have a fairly powerfull amplifier with at least ONE XLR balanced input? Any other suggestions? Of course it should match with the KEFs.
Thanks in advance for your valuable inputJ