Some on What Hi-Fi cost over £1200. Just to convert a signal. I do not have over £1200.
I got a portable headphone amp/dac for my laptop, sounds pretty good.
It was not £1200.
it's unbelievable how much they can justify spending on shit
"this £100 cable is alright for an entry-level product" eh... no thanks m8
Is this good enough to match up with my Marantz PM6004?
Or do I need to spend basically the same amount on a DAC as I did on every other component?
ANY external dac will be a significant improvement over most standard dacs found in consumer electronics, you'll see a greater dynamic range, no interference and just in general a more accurate representation of sounds.
However it depends how far you want t go, if you want to get the very best from your speakers you'll need to buy an expensive DAC though I'd say the £1,200 option you listed above is not at necessary because I have a friend who spent damn well close to £700 on a DAC and to be honest the improvement was so slight that I'd never even consider it to the DAC he used prior which cost him around £300.
Basically if you want clean audio and don't mind leaving some untapped potential then the DAC you listed above will do it's job in increasing the audio quality in a very noticeable way because as mentioned the DACs found in consumer electronics are generally THAT bad so any upgrade will be very noticeable.
I am jealous.
but anything above that is so microscopic in difference that it's not worth the additional buck unless you've got the very best of everything and even then I'd say the value of the improvement isn't close to a grand.
I have it, really good.
Self contained, no software.
Although if you do get it it will be worth changing your drivers to AISO. - http://www.asio4all.com/
That your speakers will be your limiting factor in your system. Unless you've spent thousands on your speakers I'd just stick with entry level components, or decent second hand stuff. I've got a V-DAC which you can pick up on ebay for a ton.
As others have said, the benefits you get from top quality components like DACs etc are negligible compared to a decent one, and not worth thousands.
so what is this one of these sort of things where an actual decent affordable USB audio interface, as used to actually MAKE half the music people are listening to these days, is somehow magically not good enough to listen to said music on a hi-fi and you need some brushed aluminium box which does the same thing but costs £1000 more?
I literally just want to be able to play my laptop through this massive bloody hi-fi I've spent all my money on, but apparently I can't, because it's 'digital', and hi-fi companies are crooks.
wouldnt buy one just for listening (it's mainly an input and mic) but when i use it for listening i feel good about my life choices
it'll make your speakers sound like pish, that's about all there is to it. So just get an external dac of any description at least avoid any interference caused by having the DAC inside a laptop.
oh it's nonsense your headphone socket into a 3.5 to RCA cable is fine.. this is good though, so i'm about to be a hypocrite
25 quid, "punches well above it's price" THEY SAY. It is good.
hifi stuff is nonsense for idiots
about four years ago. I can highly recommend this. It sounds great, has a USB connection so works well with a laptop. Also has two other inputs which I use for my CD player and TV, even has optical inputs. Also upsamples my laptop to 48hz, which is a nice bonus. I bought it new for £220. At the time it was regarded as by far the best DAC on the market in that price range, even beating some DACs that cost £1000 at the time.