My current setup is the following:
Audioengine D1 DAC (via USB)
NAD C 326BEE Amp
DynAudio Excite X12 Speakers
Martin Logan Dynamo 500 Subwoofer
I am contemplating upgrading the DAC to the Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus, and was wondering if it was a worthwhile upgrade.
That is, is there enough of a difference between the D1 and the DacMagic to make a difference in what I hear? I certainly noticed a difference when I added the D1 DAC, but it was not some awe-inspiring difference. It was worth $170, for sure, but will the DM+ be worth another $600? Should I wait a bit - which could be a long time from now - and buy a better $1000 DAC?
Yes, I know that I could return the DM, but I know myself fairly well and would almost certainly not return it once I had it in my hands.
Yes, I understand this is very subjective. I just don't have that try-and-return mentality or willpower, so I have to ask. And I understand what a DAC does, but not what makes two DACs different, or why.
Any comments appreciated.