My budget is around $1200 . KEF X 300A or separate DAC and other speakers? Thoughts ?
Thank you in advance!
Hi, welcome to the forum!
Do you mean you have an amp already, for your latter solution, or do you mean other active speakers that don't have an onboard DAC?
Onkyo TX-NR818 / Tannoy Revolution DC4 (bi-amped)
AVI Laboratory Series CD Player
I don't have an amp. All I have is laptop and a pair of cheap active speakers . Want to upgrade my sound system and got a $1200 budget. Laptop + DAC+ speakers OR Laptop + X300A OR Laptop + ........................? Any suggestions are appreciated !
BM5A Mk II plus an Emotiva XDA-2. Would be one solution. Search around for the best deals.
You could use an audio interface such as the Focusrite 2i2 to save money, sound quality should be the same, but you are not paying for features that you might not use.
PS. Was the laptop to be figured in the budget?
Mac mini > AVI ADM9Ts
The Kef's are brilliant active speakers and the DAC's inside them are not too shabby, the only limit is that it will only go to 24/96 as the highest resolution but you can forgive them for that once you hear them in full swing, they really do pack a good punch for the money and I loved the sound that they give, making your HD soundtracks sound glorious!!
Oppo BDP93 - Himedia player - Samsung 46" F8000 - Arcam AV888 - Rotel 1575 - ProAc D28 - ProAc Centre - M&K CS29's - Ken Kreisel DXD-808 - Naim Uniti 2....Chord Signature Cables...
Steering slightly away from what you're asking but B&W MM1 are an alternative to the KEFs.
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