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Technical Reasons to upgrade from DDRC-24

Justaguy

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My current source chain is a laptop -> MiniDSP DDRC-24(usb) -> NC400 Monoblocks(RCA via an adapter) -> Speakers (BMR Philharmonitors, trying to resolve issues with incoming floor standing speakers)


While I did notice a difference between the monoblocks and my previous amp (SMSL SA-50) I’m more inclined to say it’s sighted price bias rather than some effect of having more headroom on my amp.


I thought monoblocks would be better for the layout of my room and I think having the physically larger Minidsp SHD with XLR cables going to the monoblocks would be visually appealing for sure.


Aesthetic/visual choices aside, are there audible benefits to switching from a DDRC-24 to a SHD or would my only benefit be for my personal preference in cable management?
 

Ron Texas

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If you want a better SINAD the MiniDSP Flex cost's less than the SHD because it leaves out the streamer.
 
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Justaguy

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If you want a better SINAD the MiniDSP Flex cost's less than the SHD because it leaves out the streamer.
Yeah I was also thinking about the flex balanced + DIRAC. That would be a good option that’s a bit cheaper than the SHD
 
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