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    HSU Research

    Hello! I have a pair of HSU Research HB-1 Horn Bookshelf Speakers + VTF-2 Mk4 Sub.

    I use a Macbook, which has a relatively inferior soundcard/DAC. Should I buy an extra amp and/or DAC? If so, are there any recommendations for the 2.1 system I listed above? I listen mostly to electronic, trance, deep bass, etc. sort of music.

    I have a good budget, not in the thousands range, but flexible.

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    Additionally, I hear very good things about Emotiva.

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    Forum Regular harley .guy07's Avatar
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    Springfield, Mo
    there are some people on here with Schiit brand dacs and love them. I have not heard them personally but these people are sold and they have a very broad price range to their dac products form $99 to $800. I have a PS Audio NuWave and love it but they are around $1000 new and have a good resale value but I have occasionally seen them go for around $800 on sale.

    Marantz SR5008(HT)
    Nu Force P8 Preamp (2 channel)
    Pass Labs X150.5(2 channel)
    Adcom 545 mk2 power amp(rear channel amp)
    Spatial Audio M3 Turbo S Mains Speakers
    Dayton 8" HO custom sealed subwoofer(2 channel)
    Yamaha NS-c444 center channel
    Emotiva ERD-1 surround speakers
    JBL e250p subwoofer highly modified
    Samsung 46" LED TV
    OPPO BDP-83 blue ray/multi format player
    ps-audio NuWave dac (2 channel)
    Dell I660 music server running fidelizer windows 8 audio optimizer
    PS Audio Quintet power center

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    Phila combat zone JoeE SP9's Avatar
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    Philadelphia, PA
    I recently purchased an Emotiva XDA-2. I'm quite happy with the sound. IMO, for the money ($219) nothing else, Schiit included, comes close. How does it hold up against my other DAC's? It's definitely better than my bargain basement priced ($39) Behringer UCA222. It's not as good as my highly modified MSB DAC. It does however look better than either and has an absolutely sumptuous aluminum cased remote. In addition it can serve as a full preamp if all your sources are digital.

    Of course you could consider a DAC/Amp. If you don't already own an amplifier that may be the way to go.
    ARC SP9 MKIII, VPI HW19, Rega RB300
    Marcof PPA1, Shure, Sumiko, Ortofon carts, Yamaha DVD-S1800
    Behringer UCA222, Emotiva XDA-2, HiFimeDIY
    Accuphase T101, Teac V-7010, Nak ZX-7. LX-5, Behringer DSP1124P
    Front: Magnepan 1.7, DBX 223SX, 2 modified Dynaco MK3's, 2, 12" DIY TL subs (Pass El-Pipe-O) 2 bridged Crown XLS-402
    Rear/HT: Emotiva UMC200, Acoustat Model 1/SPW-1, Behringer CX2310, 2 Adcom GFA-545

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    St. Louis, MO, USA
    You might also look at the Ifi DAC which is about double the price of Emo but sounds good and has a lot of features including DSD.

    Whether you need an amp depends on how you are currently driving her HSU speakers.

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    Forum Regular blackraven's Avatar
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    St. Paul, Minnesota
    I would consider the Peach Tree Nova 65se Integrated amp/DAC combo-

    Amplifier DACs with Tube | Peachtree Audio

    It is perfect for digital music and has a very good Sabre based DAC.
    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
    Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Luxman DA-06 DAC
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Dual Martin Logan Original Dynamo Subs
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
    Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
    Velodyne CHT 8 sub

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