thanks for suggestions. right now the source is probably a pc with external hard drive out via usb playing flac files via foobar2000. i will look at the streamer
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Sounds like your friend need a DAC, integrated amplifier, and speakers.
There is a thread under Digital concerning budget DACs. Might check that one out. The DACs in the Outlaw and the Yamaha A-S801 are thought to be good also. RE the Yamaha the DAC in the 801 is may be better that that in the lessor expensive models of that series, I does have different specs. I own the A-S701 and use the DAC with my MACBook Pro with a USB/SPDIF converter as the 701 doesn't have USB input. The 801 does have USB. Both have coax and toslink. I believe the amplifcation in both the 701 and 801 are the same (100wpc). I also own a NAD C356BEE (80wpc) integrated which lacks DAC and phonostage. It has a warmer sound than the Yamaha, as does the C326BEE (50wpc) which I once owned. The aforementioned amplifiers were used in my secondary system which had a retail price around $2000. All bought used though nearly new. I am currently driving a pair of B&W CM5s ($1500 when new) with the 701 and am pleased with that combination. This secondary system is a revolving door.
Would your friend consider used components?
I have done this more than once using preowned components. Specifically
1) Audio Refinement electronics - integrated amplifier and CDP with/without tuner
2) Speakers: Spica TC50 with proper stands or Celestion SL700
The SL700 that should not be used with a sub. Both are pretty forgiving as to placement.
The key is to be patient.