Is that $1000 to spend on a New DAC, or is that on a complete amp with a DAC? Or is that Amp, DAC, CD Player?
Originally Posted by maur53
I've gotten lost in the details. My aged ears probably won't hear what seems to be marginal differences and I'll have to make do with about $1000 to spend so I'll probably go with something from Yamaha, an integrated amp and tuner or receiver.
Rotel still makes pretty nice Amps, I have the RA-1570 with 120w/ch and a a Built In DAC. But for a bit less money you can get this amp -
Rotel A14, 80w/ch, DAC Integrated Amp- $1299 -
Rotel A12, 60w/ch, DAC Integrated Amp - $899 -
Rotel CD14 CD Player - $599 -
Best Buy also has Rotel if that is more convenient for you.
Costing a considerable amount, but delivering a TON of Feature, the Yamaha RN803 Network Streaming Receiver
is worth looking at.
Yamaha RN803 Network Receiver, 100w/ch, Network Streaming, DAC, Room EQ, Full Bass Management, etc... - $750 -
If you are an Apple Fan-Boy then perhaps not, apparently these will not be able to support Apple-AirPlay-2.
But other than that, for the money, they are fine.
I'm fond of saying -
You can't get what you want until you know what you want.
And I mean that in terms of features and power. The more you know what you need in a system, the more you are able to find the specific system that does what you need.
Today in modern music, it is all about Streaming from your local collection of music, to Internet Radio, to a range of Internet Streaming services some of which transmit in CD quality, other are merely near CD quality. Streaming gives you access to a near INFINITE Library of Music all for about $10/month.
It is cheaper to buy an amp with Streaming built in, but if you want to update your streaming or add streaming to an Integrated amp, you are in the range of $350 to $500 for a Good, but basic streaming unit (Yamaha, Bluesound, etc...).
In a straight up amp with very high value, consider the top of the line consumer integrated Amp with DAC -
Yamaha AS801, 100w/ch, Upgraded DAC - $899 -
This has an upgraded 32b/384K DSD Capable DAC
with the addition of a USB-PC
Yamaha AS701 Integrated with DAC, 100w/ch - $799 -
It has a pretty standard 24b/192k DAC with Optical and Coaxial only.
Worth noting that the AS701/AS801
have a single optical and a single coaxial, while the Yamaha RN802 and RN602
have 2xOptical and 2xCoaxial, and I believe 1xUSB-Media.
To add external Streaming the two affordable and generally high quality units would be these -
Yamaha WXC-50 Network Streamer/Pre-Amp - $349 -
Bluesound NODE-2i - $499 -
Both the Bluesound and the Yamaha use very fast ARM Processors. Most would give a slight nod to the Bluesound software.
What is your budget for ALL the equipment you need?
Specifically what equipment do you need? CD? Turntable? Amp? Receiver? Network Streaming, DAC, other?
Related to the above question, what FEATURES to you need? Streaming? DAC? Phono? Sub-Out? other?
Lastly how much Power are you looking for? 60w/ch is modest but more than enough for most people for both Movies and Music ...but...
80w/ch and 100w/ch are more power ...but...
also more money.
Every system is a Compromise, you just have to work out what you are willing to give up to get what you really need?
My previous Amp was a Yamaha RX-797 Stereo Receiver with 100w/ch (~$550 new)
my current amp is the Rotel RA-1570 with 120w/ch and DAC (~$1600, current version is the RA-1572)
. They really don't sound that much different. The Rotel has better build and component quality, and way more features, but as to the general tone of the amp, they are similar. For whatever that might be worth.
Hopefully that is somewhat helpful.