I just got a new NuWave DSD DAC for a second system and have been breaking it in. I noted in the manual that PS Audio recommends using the balanced output wherever possible. I’ve been in the market for a new integrated in the $700-800 range and have realized that (1) nearly all current integrateds in that price range have only one analogue input (I need two) and include DACs that almost certainly I’d never use, and (2) none has a balanced input. Looking around at the used listings online, I found an integrated in my price range that includes an XLR input – which happens to be a PS Audio product, the GCC-100.
The unit in question appears to be about ten years old. My impression is that class D amplification has brought down the price and increased the power output of inexpensive integrateds in the last few years. My impression also was that there was not a lot of audiophile love for the GCC series even when it was new.
I’ve never heard this product and obviously can’t hear it before buying it from an internet seller, so I’d like a candid assessment: Is this a product that offers sound that is competitive with what’s out there now in this price range? My only current requirements are 50w per side, a remote and two analogue inputs. The “really nice to have” would be a true balanced input.
All guidance greatly appreciated.