it almost obvious where your issues are
you need to upgrade your source.
your rdac is good for the money, but it cannot be compared with a NDAC.
I reckon you're right. I will soon be having a listen to the Mdac, Rega Dac and the new Naim DAC V1.
Synology DS212J-> AppleTV-> rDAC->Naim Nait5i. Dynaudio Audience 52SE
Sony BDPS370 / YouView ->Yamaha RXV1065-> Pana TH42PX80B plasma.
I'd throw in Teac's new DSD-capable device at around £600 too Roger. Can't recall the model number offhand, but it's the latest in the Reference series.
Onkyo TX-NR818 / Tannoy Revolution DC4 (bi-amped)
AVI Laboratory Series CD Player
Marantz M-CR603 + AirPlay • Rega R3 loudspeakers • iPhone 5 • iMac • Apple Airport Extreme 802.11n • Apple iPad Mini • Panasonic TX-L32D25B • Sony BDP-S390 • Ruark Audio R1 Deluxe • Humax HDR-Fox T2
I'd sling the Nait (as good as it is) and get this instead...
That's the fella - ta Chebby.
An upgrade to the OP's source wouldn't do any harm. Yet I bet I can come up with some speakers that will make his rdac / 5i sound better than his mates Superuniti / rega system. Better on good recordings as well as better on poor recordings.
Changing the DAC will only make a minimal (if any) difference to the sound.
If the OP wants to change to the way his system sounds then he should start by auditioning different amplifier and speaker combinations
PC > AVI Neutron Five 2.1
Sony NWZ-A847 64GB Walkman > Westone UM3x
My advice would be to find out the model of the Rega speakers and buy some.
what if one day you will see somebody else's wife?
Audiolab 8200CDQ / 2 x Audiolab 8200M / Wharfedale Jade 5/Spendor A5
For me the only time I will have a problem with the sound from my system is if I hear a better sound coming from the same kit in a different system!
Source: Marantz BD5005 & PC into V-Link into a Musical Fidelity KW DM25 DAC. Project RPM4/2M RED, speed box.
Amplification: Onkyo TX-NR818 A/V only, MF KW500 (JS mod), Arcam P7.
Speakers: Monitor Audio PL300, GS-LCR, GS-W12, GS-FX, Silver FXi. TV: LG 50PK350/Sky HD. Cables: Van Del Hul, Chord. Also: Little Dot mk V
i think the dynos need more power than the 5i can muster, upgrading the dac first wont get the best out of your speakers.
then again you could change your speakers first, but like you i love the dyno sound. its a pity tho that they need a lot of current to get them sounding good at modest volume.
cyrus and dynaudio and chord
back to the original question tho, it doesnt bother me if i hear a better system and mostly its just certain aspects that you notice.
i find it rare to hear a well matched system that does everything well in somebodys home. the nicest i have heard was a modest marantz and tannoy system that just seemed to sound as i like. i guess thats because we all have different ideas of what is a good sound.
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