Originally Posted by UnNamedPerson
That is great! Would I need a new receiver or would my RX-461 be fine? The speakers are just going to be hooked up to a desktop computer. I was also looking just to replace the receiver and just buy a T-Amp because I have a dedicated sound card(Sound Blaster ZxR) which uses the TI Burr-Brown dac.
Not all speakers are great for nearfield usage sitting at a computer. Studio monitors are generally better designed for that application. Unless you have heard the Martin Logans and know you like them better, I would go with the Def Tech Studio Monitor 55s for this reason AND because they will be easier to drive in terms of impedance.
Then, I wouldn't waste time trying to compare DAC chips. The implementation of a DAC chip is more important than whether or not one DAC chip is better than another. Wait and try your Yamaha RX-461 with your new speakers. Use both the line output from your sound card and the optical out to the receiver. Could be one or the other will be better.
As far as the age of the receiver, amplification quality hasn't changed much in recent years. You might buy a t-amp and wish you hadn't because the sound quality might not be any better at low volumes. And a high volumes, the Yamaha might easily out do the t-amp because t-amps don't have a lot of dynamic headroom.
If you definitely want a different amp, that Emotiva is very good. If you want a smaller digital amp so it doesn't take up as much room in your setup, this Indeed is more powerful than your typical t-amp
. But I think you should just wait and see how things sound AFTER you get your speakers and then go from there, assuming you don't go with the Martin Logans (which probably would benefit from different amplification).
Finally, have you considered a subwoofer? What music genres do you listen to? Would they benefit from deeper bass?
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