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Dac question

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by jek57, Oct 15, 2021.

  1. jek57

    jek57 Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    upstate New York
    I've been using a Bluetooth receiver 1Mii which has ess dac with my fone and laptop but I plugged my laptop into my preamp tuner and it sounds much better than the Bluetooth..My question is would a dac sound better than a laptop plugged into a a stereo? My setup is a McIntosh Mx113 preamp tuner McIntosh Mc152 power amp and Wharfadales diamonds 11.4
     
  2. Pkcpga

    Pkcpga Audio Enthusiast

    Definitely would be a nice improvement to add a DAC between your laptop and your preamp. Bluetooth music is very compressed. Are you using Tidal or Qobuz or a streaming service for music? If so you can look into the Bluesound Node, it’ll allow you to use your phone as a remote.
     
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  3. tIANcI

    tIANcI Wondering when the hifi madness will end

    Location:
    Malaysia
    Laptop DAC is not made for hifi, they will use what is decent. Hifi DACs strive to be the best they can for the price.

    Bluesound Node is a good unit to start with.
     
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  4. jek57

    jek57 Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    upstate New York
     
  5. jek57

    jek57 Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    upstate New York
    I'm using apple music also use Amazon hd the laptop sounds pretty good but it sounds like a dac is the way to go
     
  6. timind

    timind phorum rezident

    And don't use bluetooth for music if quality sound is your goal.
     
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