Originally Posted by Quinlan276
I have a set of Klipsch RB-51s speakers and a Yamaha YST-SW215 sub-woofer. Because I am currently moving around a lot, it didn't make sense to get larger speakers, so I'm using this subwoofer I've had for awhile to supplement the low end. I am trying to get the highest fidelity sound I can out of these speakers for use with my computer. Right now I am using a Yamaha RX-V450 A/V receiver that I've had for a few years receiver to power the speakers. I am sending a digital PCM signal from my computers dedicated sound card via an optical cable into the receiver. I also have a Monster HTS1600 power conditioner. I have a decent library of FLAC audio and a subscription to MOG that I usually listen to. I listen to all types of music but lean towards electric stuff.
As is this setup sounds GREAT to me as its my first experience with a decent setup.
You've already made one potentially costly mistake, being the power conditioner unless power is really
bad where you are.
Now that a few months has passed I am considering upgrading to really get every last drop out of these speakers. My thought is that this A/V receiver, 300$ when it was new, just isn't really designed for a 2 channel setup, and that a lot of the price tag was dedicated to useless features.
AVRs are the deal of the century these days because they are so competitive and volume production has brought their costs way down. It is said that only Yamaha is making money on AVRs right now.
You are already using one feature on your AVR the digital input, that much 2-channel equipment lacks.
I am considering buying an external DAC and a 2 channel amplifier but I have no experience with either of them. Ive been looking at Schiit DACs, seems like a really cool company that id be happy to support. Even though I have the ability to send an optical signal it seems like it makes more sense to just use a USB DAC, is there any difference?
Short answer: Nothing audible. There might be some technical differences, but in many cases I check out the add-on DACs that are people buying and find an equal or worse DAC chip in the add-on then they had in their AVR.
The 99$ Modi DAC seems like it would be all I really need probably? As for the amp I want something thats probably more powerful than I need for these speakers so that if I ever upgrade them I can keep the same amp (hopefully). It needs a subwoofer channel I guess, id prefer if this wasn't a requirement but I really like having the extra bass. Id like to keep the amps price tag below 400 if thats reasonable to still expect great fidelity.
Upgrading your subwoofer itself could be of some benefit, but I thought that was off the table due to your frequent changes of residence?
Does it seem like my system will benefit a noticeable amount from these upgrades? Does it seem like the money spent would be relatively balanced among the components and wouldn't introduce bottlenecks? Id love to hear some peoples thoughts.
The meaningful system sonic upgrades in sound quality for a person with a nice little system like the one you have are in the realm of speakers and room acoustics. You are already at the point where you've spent some big bucks for not that much of an advantage and the current direction you are looking in seems to be like falling even further down that cliff.