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Great site, and lots of new terms to learn for someone who WAS into the lower high-end audio.

Need some support / advice in buying a new set, based on…..

Streaming / laptop-based orso?

My old set still has: a pair of Dynaudio Contour 1.3se and a Linn LP12, sold my Accuphase amp and Linn cd player!


I am at the point of buying (for an interesting offer) an integrated amp:

Perreaud 150i

www.audioreference.co.nz/searchdisplay2.php?id=PX EL IA 1501


(copy- paste the whole line above for this link!)


WITH phono module and a build in

DAC module

www.audioreference.co.nz/searchdisplay2.php?id=PX EL DAC 150I





Digital Inputs:

2 SPDIF Coax (BNC)

2 SPDIF Optical (Toslink)

1 USB (Type B)

Input Sample Rate: 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192kHz (Coax, Optical)

32, 44.1, 48kHz (USB)

Input Word Length (maximum):24-bit Coax, Optical

16-bit (USB)

Input Impedance: 75? (Coax)


And now my questions:

What source do I need for (prepared for 24 bit) a clean signal path to this DAC modul for FLAC and WAV files?


I read about Apple Airportexpress / (Apple) minilaptop / special cables> optical or coaxial??? JITTER solutions and so on…


Is it better to use an external drive or a NAS, WiFi or wired??


Or….should I forget this amplifier and build-in DAC and go for a cheaper amp and invest in a PS Audio DL3 for significant better signal-path?

Oh… the budget: hmmm, depends what amplifier I choose ;-)


Lots of questions, Thanks for your advice and answers!

Jurriaan, The netherlands










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