I too have a Fiio D3 DAC and I could tell absolutely no difference between it and an Arcam rDAC, apart from about £250.
My 'cheap setup' - I have two standmount speakers sharing the same stands, one for hifi - one for home cinema.
As I would like floorstanders eventually, I was too tight to buy another pair of stands so I cut up some old slate and bolted them to the top of each stand. The speakers sit on top about 1cm apart.
Sonically they sound fine to me.
Rega Brio & Apollo + Mission 780
Sony BDP S480 Onkyo TX-NR609 Monitor Audio BX2 5.0 BK XXLS400
Marantz 2060ML is so purdy. Has some titanium tone to it.
B&W CM1 + FS-700/CM + Roksan Kandy K2 BT + Native Instruments TA2 + Commodore 64 LPSU + Audioquest Type 4
Vladimir wrote:Marantz 2060ML is so purdy. Has some titanium tone to it.
Amp; CDP; Turntable; Tuner; Speakers
Not shiny then. Lame.
Vladimir wrote:Not shiny then. Lame.
Only when the (camera) flash goes off, otherwise matt black only. Still works a treat and sounds fabulous given it was used on a daily basis since 1979.
Here's the set-up (2012) with the Leema, Arcam and RS6s.
Lots of shiny silvery bits in that fine setup. I'm catching up and soon I'll be able to shave on every hi-fi component I own.
Pair of Fostex PM0.4n running off an Icon HDP as a preamp and DAC. Sounds far better than it has any right to. Will eventually upgrade the speakers to some better active monitors at some point, but I'm enjoying them a lot at the moment.
Bedroom: Esoteric RZ-1, PMC DB1i, Fostex CW200A. FUBAR IV
Office: Nuforce Icon HDP, Adam A7X
Living room: Apple TV, FIIO D03K, Fostex PM0.4n
Headphones: Audio Technica ATH-AD900x and ATH-A900x, Sennheiser HD595, Grado SR80i