Hi. Old guy here. Building a new system from scratch. Want to go all digital for storage space considerations and portability. I travel a lot. Here is what I’ve picked up so far for this system. Vandersteen 5a’s, with Quicksilver V4’s tube mono blocks in balanced configuration, mojo audio mac mini system, perfectwave II. PS audio power conditioning and cords. I’d like to keep it true balanced all the way through and will work out the interconnects to do so. Don’t need a lot of inputs. Will be used in a small treated space (nearfield application).
I already have a whole house HT and audio setup. I’d like the new system just to be a simple, specialized 2 channel stand alone. I thought I would just use a good external storage drive and connect the mac mini to the PDW with usb using a good cord. I’d apply the standard tweeks like jitterbug and uptone regen.
Been researching for awhile, but the answers seem to be changing, especially as people get more experience with the direct stream. I’d like to button this up now. My initial impression was that many people prefered the PWD II with a preamp, so I planned on starting with a used balanced tube preamp (BAT, ARC, so on) although a number of solid states would work as well. I have also looked into a tube pre/buffer with volume control like a purity harmonia.
It seems more and more people are using direct stream with the bridge II coupled to their amps. I’m wondering if I should continue with my present plan or for some additional cost upgrade to DSD and recover part of the cost by not buying a preamp, selling the PWD II, possibly go from the mac mini to a nas system, and decrease the cost of interconnects. Of course, the quality of the sound remains the most important thing.
I know all recommendations are system dependent. I’ve been doing hi-fi since the mid 60’s, but full digital is new. Just hoping I can get some help settling on my starting point so I can start getting into it. Thanks all in advance!