Originally Posted by progprog
Hey Darrell, it took me awhile, but I finally found your new pics. Very nice! I love the look of those Classe amps. They have that kind of style that says to anyone who walks in to the room and doesn't know what they are, "If you don't already know, you probably shouldn't bother to ask...."
Hey, is that a PS DLIII sitting next to the Sonos? I've been researching Sonos upgrades of late and trying to decide which will give me the most bang for the buck.
Yes, that is a PS DLIII, that has been Cullen modified Level 3. I picked it up used so it was a great bang for the buck.
The Sonos needs something inline to reduce the jitter. Plugged directly into the AVP, it is so-so from a sound quality perspective. There are a few jitter reduction options, to consider.
For $225, you can get a Monarchy DIP, or my Genesis Digital Lens (PM me if interested).
For $550, you can get other Genesis Digital Lens, or you can have Cullen modify the Sonos.
For $1200, you can get the Empirical mod.
All the solutions above, basically reduce jitter. Each uses different methods. It is hard to rate their effectiveness against the others though.
Another option is to get a DAC, that does a good job of jitter reduction (some do, some don't). Since you have good DACs in the Denon AVP, this route only makes sense if you plan to get a nice DAC, which provides better results than the AVP. To get better DACs than the AVP, I think you need to look in the $1000+ price range (even used).
So, I guess you need to decide if you want to reduce jitter on the Sonos, or spring for a $1000+ DAC that does good jitter reduction. The best bang for the buck will definetly be to just reduce the jitter, and use the AVP's DACs.