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Stereo system upgrade - recommendation please.

tonycollinet

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Why limit yourself to recievers with loudness, you are less likely to get the best amplifier that way. All they do is apply a bass heavy equalistion in any case. Just put a software equaliser on your output from the PC, set it up for loudness, and switch it on and off as needed.
 
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Yes, if you are using a PC as a source, that is good advice. If you use a smart phone as a remote control, you night even be able to use it to tuen it on and off.
 
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Actually, there are a number of DACs that serve perfectly well as preamplifiers so long as you limit yourself to digital sources. Examples include the RME ADI-2 FS and the miniDSP SHD.
My miniDSP SHD plays quite nicely with analog sources. A significant majority of my listening is via records.
 
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Thank you for your reply gents.

I normally just used the streaming functionality (Spotify connect/Music cast) to play music via Wifi. I had the TV permanently connected via the optical in and didn't use the PC to play music. I don't have any analogue sources.

I suppose I could set up a mini PC to stream music and configure it with a software equaliser for loudness but it will not be as convenient.

Considering the cost of a PC / screen / peripherals & space, would I be better off getting a DAC (with good Bluetooth) + Stereo power amp & a separate used AVR receiver with loudness control? How would I connect speakers to both? I ask this, because when watching movies, the stereo system does not result in clear dialogue so I thought later down the line I would get a mid-range sound bar.

@Godataloss - thank you, but the MiniDSP SHD is a bit out of my price range.
 
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Just to provide an update:

I ended up buying Monitor Audio Silver 500's paired with Rotel RB-991 Power Amplifier, Schiit Loki Mini+ tone control and Topping DX3 Pro+.

Thank you everyone for all your input!
 

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Just to provide an update:

I ended up buying Monitor Audio Silver 500's paired with Rotel RB-991 Power Amplifier, Schiit Loki Mini+ tone control and Topping DX3 Pro+.

Thank you everyone for all your input!
Congratulations! You should be very happy with that setup!
 
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