I have a MAC7200 (and B&W diamonds), and would like some recommendations for upstream of the DAC.
I’m temporarily using an old (late 2008) MacBook as the core & output via USB, and am considering:
-(new) Mac Mini or NUC or Nucleus or Small Green Computer; for either just core, or both core & output
-separate NUC, or one of the Rendu’s (if the above is not running both core & output); open to others
I’m specifically looking for sound quality based recommendations for interfacing the McIntosh DAC (DA1) in the MAC7200, since my understanding is recommendations vary based on the particular DAC.
I’d also appreciate any general input/experiences, though too.
I stream mostly pop from Tidal Masters through Roon (life member), and don’t currently use DSP, HQPlayer, etc; but I also like to experiment.
And, I’m OK with making an investment to get the “right” equipment (i.e. but not spending $ on equipment that makes no difference).