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Hi, I'm planning to replace my existing system with an upgrade. I have around £10k to blow on a new system.


Currently use FLAC audio played in Mediamonkey outputted through a Soundblaster Creative X-Fi jack to a Marantz PM-66SE Ki Sig amp, and to B&W DM601 speakers. Pretty standard interconnects. I listen to all kinds of music from classical to jazz to rock to electronic.


One proposed system:


Source: FLAC stored on some kind of NAS to eliminate PC and hard disc noise, controlled by laptop/quiet PC; an external DAC, maybe a Benchmark or Audio Research DAC-7, Classe CAP-2100 integrated amp; B&W 804S speakers.


I understand that to get the most out of this kind of system, an external DAC is preferable to using the PCs soundcard for reasons of sound quality. What are your thoughts on this proposed system? Is it a suitable amp? I'm particularly interested in others opinions on using a PC-based player, any any problems this may bring (.e.g jitter, bit-perfect, etc).


Many thanks
 

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I'd build a PC, if I were you. With a decent case, and the right components, they are nearly silent.


I have a gaming computer that I can't even tell is turned on most of the time, a PC that doesn't need much processing power is even easier to make quiet. Seems like that would give your system more versatility.


I presume you need a DAC because the Marantz amp doesn't have digital inputs?
 

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Originally Posted by nr5667 /forum/post/17007305


I'd build a PC, if I were you. With a decent case, and the right components, they are nearly silent.


I have a gaming computer that I can't even tell is turned on most of the time, a PC that doesn't need much processing power is even easier to make quiet. Seems like that would give your system more versatility.


I presume you need a DAC because the Marantz amp doesn't have digital inputs?

Mac Mini is virtually silent right out of the box.
 

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Try a Logitech Transporter with Squeeze Center running on your NAS. Give you a lot of options.
 
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