Simple DAC recommendations?
I'm looking for a simple Digital to Analog Converter. I think. The current system is:
Source is a Mac Pro, files at CD quality, analog output from the 3.5 mm jack.
Schitt pre-amp (just a simple potentiometer).
NAD 2600A amplifier (2-channel, 150 WPC).
XTZ 95.24 bookshelf speakers.
It seems like the weak link in this system is likely the Mac's DAC and pre-amp. I'd like to change the set-up so that I'm using the digital output from the Mac connected to a DAC with a pre-amp, and eliminate the Schitt potentiometer. (Or, if the DAC has a fixed output, keep the Schitt pot in-line before the amplifier input.)
This is an office system. I'm looking for a basic DAC that will be an improvement over the Mac's built in DAC and amp. I think something with a volume knob would be nice just to reduce the number of boxes on my desktop, but as I mentioned, I can always use the little Schitt pot in the system.