Have just picked up a new system: Rega P6, elixir-r, Apollo-r and Harbeth M30.1. Absolutely loving it – many thanks to @BRM for recommending Radlett audio, Dave is really knowledgeable and lovely guy.
The only thing I’m missing from the system is a streamer/DAC. Previously I’ve had a chromecast audio feeding into a cheap DAC then into an amp. I’ve then cast from Spotify or BubbleUpnP/my NAS from the phone when I’ve needed.
Is it better to get a decent DAC (like the Benchmark DAC3) then a cheapish streamer I use via a phone/tablet, or whether it’s worth getting a combined DAC/streamer (like the Cambridge audio CZN V2) that supports Spotify connect? Looking at prices, I can’t stretch to both a decent DAC and high-end streamer.
I guess it boils down to me not really understanding the importance of the streamer quality. Is it a bit like HDMI cables, that as long as the signal gets to the DAC it’s fine, or does a higher quality streamer offer better sound quality?