Good day, all.
I am a new owner of a PWT and I’m very happy with it. The PWT has been an ear-opener, eventhough I don’t own a DAC worthy of it. (Confession: The PWT has me playing CDs more than I have in a long, long time.)
The PWT is now feeding an Audio Alchemy DAC-in-the-Box. (Don’t laugh, please. The power supply for the DITB comes from Dusty Vawter and Channel Islands Audio.
Hey, just kidding (sort of). As you can see from my newly added signature line, I’m not one who needs (or can let himself buy) the latest and greatest.
However, I do care greatly how my music sounds.
I’ve searched the Forum archives and looked at all the threads about the new Stellar DAC. I am very, very interested.
Unless I missed it, nobody on these Forums has testified about using the Stellar DAC with a turntable and phono stage.
(If I go the Stellar DAC route, I’ll need a phono stage. Today I use the internal phono stage module on my PCA-2 preamp.)
I own a couple of inexpensive phono stages (an AA VAC-in-the-Box, a Hypnotoad-modified Cambridge Audio 640p [which, unfortunately, lacks a power supply because the Pangea that I bought with it crapped out in 3 months!]).
After I choose a new DAC, I plan not to be penny-wise, pound-foolish with the phono stage.
A couple that I’m considering are: the Pro-Ject Tube Box S and the iFi Micro iPhono2.
Not high-dollar kit by any means, but it’s my understanding that both of those phono preamps are well-regarded and do give bang-for-the-buck. (Please advise if I’m wrong.)
I’ll stop now before I bore you to tears. But perhaps the above details help guide you about the kind of advice I need.
I would especially love to hear from Forum members who own the PWT and the Stellar DAC (or a comparable piece of gear). Also, of course, those who play LPs as well as CDs with this kind of gear.
In summary, I need DAC advice. Then I also need advice about a phono stage.
Anybody willing to help me through this audio two-step?
Thanks for looking at this thread, Chaz