Source...which direction to go?
Hello beautiful people,
I have almost chosen my amp to start building my dream system...speakers are almost decided (let's say 70%)...now it's time to understand pro and cons of different sources. Hopefully I will get some good advices here as usual.
I actually have a NAS and a Squeezebox Touch and I find it quite an handy solution. So streaming is definitely staying. What I also found out is that I love the TT...so for sure one is coming in the next 2/3 months. Was thinking something like Clearaudio Performance maybe with MC catridge.
The difficult choice is the streaming...will I go for an all-in one solution (Linn Akurate DS or second hand Klimax DS) or maybe better a good NOS DAC (like pathos or AN or Jadis) and a "medium" streamer? At this regard...how do you think the sound would compare between the 2 solutions?
Must say that hi-fi will be for music only...so no needs to connect TV. I might keep a cheap DAC (still have the rDAC) to connect pc just in case. Not a big deal anyway as SQ in this case won't be important if I am playing from PC.
If I would keep a SB Touch and add let's say a Chord DAC or a Jadis DAC, would ie be comparable to the Akurate DS for example in terms of sound quality? Or the SBT will be the weakest link anyway?
The only thing that would make me think about wanting a DAC is the opportunity to connect a "cheap" cd player purely as backup, to try CDs when somebody comes but I don't want to rip them on the NAS. So here SQ won't be my first concern but I would have something good anyway (was thinking about an Audiolab or Marantz or Rega Apollo).
Another plus for separate solution is that with DAC + reader I will have more flexibility to update if something more advanced will come...
Which direction would you take? Any suggestion?
Thanks as usual