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good quality simple DAC/AMP, looking for a good quality amp - single USB HDMI input
jasleinstein
post Oct 2 2013, 22:46
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I have a pair of Linn 901 speakers I'd like to pair up to a simple amp. The media system is my mac Mini. In a perfect world I want one input, USB or HDMI. two channel 100 - 150W 24 bit 380 Khz freq quality range. Price range below $1500 or $2000.

any thoughts

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post Oct 2 2013, 22:53
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QUOTE (jasleinstein @ Oct 2 2013, 17:46) *
I have a pair of Linn 901 speakers I'd like to pair up to a simple amp. The media system is my mac Mini. In a perfect world I want one input, USB or HDMI. two channel 100 - 150W 24 bit 380 Khz freq quality range. Price range below $1500 or $2000.

any thoughts


In your price range a regular AVR would fit the bill. A bit long on capabilities but if you tell an AVR there are two speakers it does 2-channel just fine. Since all the features are implmented in the digital domain, the ones you don't use don't hurt quality or reliability.
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post Oct 3 2013, 01:24
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I have no idea how hard is is to find an AVR that supports 380kHz. AVRs are mostly designed to play "shiny disc" formats, and it's beyond anything on a DVD or Blu-Ray.

With USB (and a computer) you can play just about anything with the right software. If the hardware doesn't support the sample rate (or the number of surround channels, etc.) the driver will downsample/convert it so that it will work. I believe the same is true with HDMI and a computer, but I haven't experimented much with it.

Most of the "high end" DACs I've seen don't have the decoders to play the special DVD & Blu-Ray formats (the Dolby varieties, DTS, etc). You get a LOT more for the money with an all-in-one AVR. In your price range, you can get a receiver for the living room, one for the bedroom, your office, and maybe even one for the garage! biggrin.gif
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post Oct 3 2013, 16:36
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What's with the 380kHz requirement. Is this for ultrasonic work?
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post Oct 3 2013, 19:32
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What's with the 380kHz requirement. Is this for ultrasonic work?
biggrin.gif Whatcha' do is... Play your CD/DVD at 380kHz (without re-sampling) and you can listen to the whole song in 5 seconds!!! You'll get awesome ultrasonics... but no bass. biggrin.gif
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post Oct 3 2013, 22:19
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Wadia, NAD, TEAC and Onkyo each make DAC/integrated amps that accept up to 24/192. The Wadia upsamples to 384. Alternatively, the HiFace USB DAC will do 24/384 and you'd need to purchase a separate integrated amp with your $1700 remaining budget.

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