Hello guys, amazing people here!
I need some advice. I love my stereo music, but I'm not sure if I'm doing it right.
This is my setup:
HTPC with FLAC files on internal HDD
--> HDMI cable to Marantz SR6013 AVR
--> connects to 7.1 surround and TV, but as we're talking only stereo here the main speakers (L and R) are Mirage FRx Seven
(subwoofer is Yamaha YST-SW1500
How do I play my files? I usually turn on my PC and play them with foobar2000
. How's the sound? I like it, but I'm constantly thinking about ways I could upgrade it
Other ways I tried:
- playing files via HEOS app
(built into AVR) where HTPC is used as a music server
- building an external player with Raspberry Pi and ALLO - Boss DAC
(connecting with RCA cables to AVR), playing via VOLUMIO
- playing flacs from USB external drive
connected to my AVR USB port
Which way sounds better? To be honest, I don't know, maybe my ears are not trained enough
I've read that for best results audio mode on my Marantz AVR should be either "direct
" or "pure direct
". I usually use just direct because in pure direct my subwoofer is not working (and I love a good bass).
Would you say that one route is better then the other or are they mostly the same soundwise?
Any other ideas to try? Would I improve my sound if I plugged in an extra amp that would serve only the main speakers? (I have a Yamaha A-S300
that I do not use at the moment).
Or would the biggest improvement - as I've read - come from changing front speakers?
I'm really trying to learn, but sometimes information can get overwhelming
Thanks for any advice guys and stay safe!