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DAC/Streamer/Pre all-in-one recommendations

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Hi there,

Hope everyone is sound and safe during this historic event.  I am looking for setting up a budget bedroom system that is compact and simple. Does anyone have recommendation for an all-in-one DAC/Streamer/Pre unit? I have an OPPO 103 which does have streaming capacity but the sound quality is not at audiophile level.  I have a pair of Meridian 605 mono amp and a pair of Proac tablette monitors. 

I am not up to date with current market, and I think Naim has Uniti, and NAD has something similar, but I haven't heard them in person. My budget is $2000 or less used or new.  Any suggestions anyone? 

 

 

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7 hours ago, wr_aspire said:

Hi there,

Hope everyone is sound and safe during this historic event.  I am looking for setting up a budget bedroom system that is compact and simple. Does anyone have recommendation for an all-in-one DAC/Streamer/Pre unit? I have an OPPO 103 which does have streaming capacity but the sound quality is not at audiophile level.  I have a pair of Meridian 605 mono amp and a pair of Proac tablette monitors. 

I am not up to date with current market, and I think Naim has Uniti, and NAD has something similar, but I haven't heard them in person. My budget is $2000 or less used or new.  Any suggestions anyone? 

 

 

Under $1000: Cyrus CXN V2; Matrix Audio Element i; higher priced Mytek Brooklyn Bridge


Main listening (small home office):

Main setup: Surge protector +_iFi  AC iPurifiers >Isol-8 Mini sub Axis Power Conditioning+Isolation>QuietPC Low Noise Server>Roon (Audiolense DRC)>RPi4 (dietpi)>Kii Control>Kii Three >GIK Room Treatments.

Secondary Listening: Server>Matrix Element i Streamer/DAC (XLR)>Schiit Freya>Kii Three .

Bedroom: SBTouch to Cambridge Soundworks Desktop Setup. Living Room/Kitchen: RPi 3B+ running RoPieee to a pair of Morel Hogtalare. 

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Apologies. I responded based on this part of your post: "My budget is $2000 or less used or new."

 

In that case, stretch your budget a bit  and get the Altair G1 (reviewed on this very site with glowing results)

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Altair G1 is my short list :)  Anyone has compared it to MyTek Brooklyn Bridge? Seem the later is also in that price range.

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19 hours ago, wr_aspire said:

Altair G1 is my short list :)  Anyone has compared it to MyTek Brooklyn Bridge? Seem the later is also in that price range.

FWIW: I had the Altair first gen and loved it. As I have a large library, the Lightning DS library management system was getting a little sluggish, so I added a NUC and a lifetime subscription to ROON instead. That in turn removed the need for some of the Altair's features and I replaced it with the excellent Vega G1 Network DAC. All this to say I like Auralic products. You will not find better bang for your buck than the Altair G1 (especially if you like the Lightning DS software, which is one of the best in the business, but if possible you should audition it along with the Mytek. Those are the only two in this price range that I am aware of and that are worth auditioning.

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