I came across the new Stellar Gain Cell DAC and was really intrigued by it. However, if all my sources are digital, then would the DSJ do the same job, but better?
I have a somewhat vintage amp setup consisting of some classic Luxman MB3045 mono block tube amplifiers that I restored, powering a pair of B&W 804D2s. I have been using a basic NAD DAC through a Luxman 505u integrated, now acting only as a preamp, which is sort of a waste. And the NAD DAC, being the “source” of the sound, is probably a very weak link in the chain.
My original “next step” was to get a Luxman DA250 (which is sort of like the SGC in that it can act like a preamp) but I feel the PS stuff is offering more for the money from a quality and technology standpoint.
I would like to either use SGC or DSJ as both my DAC and Preamp… ignoring the cost difference, which is the better option? I want to keep the system VERY simple, and I don’t see the need for a preamp if it can be avoided in the quest for system simplicity.