Before the DAC discussion, I have just watched this youtube video and found it really interesting. From one of the speaker gurus of our times:
He cites a few things that are real important and people tends to overlook, regarding what happens during recording and production.We never know how it sounded like during recording and just after being mixed and produced. And there are no perfect speakers. Neither perfect rooms. Even if all the electronic behind is “almost” perfectly capable of reproducing what was saved in the media.
I do agree with you. You reach a point the differences are difficult to identify. Plus sound reproduction depends on so many things, changing the room where you listen to a system is enough make it sound completely different.
My digital preamp is quite old. From 2000. I had it upgraded with new DAC chips 10 years ago, but that’s as far I it goes. It can do 192khz/24bit. At the time, the AV32R (model) was quite well considered. And to my limited ears, it always sounded very good. I am still in doubt I would have justifiable gains with a much more recent hardware, but I am tempted to try. My system is:
AV32R > RCA > TAG 250x3 amplifier > Monitor Audio floor standers
I mainly listen things in CD quality. My choice. So, 44.1/16. I rip them to ALAC files and use Roon to manage it all. Then stream it to a Chromecast Audio that is linked to the pre with optical cable.
How do you crossover the frequencies for the ATC (nice speakers) to the AT sub? Does the ADI-2 do that, filter the frequencies and then outputs mid/highs in the XLR and lows in the RCA?