I know some might advise me to get Mcintosh C2700 so I can complete the system with an addition of Aurender N100H. I was thinking the same too but my dealer quoted 3 months of wait for C2700 and I just gotta have it now
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it seems like I am contradicting myself because obviously dCS and Esoteric are both SS DAC. What I meant by zero interest in SS is more like full SS setup from top to bottom. For me, there is gotta be a tube somewhere on the link, ideally Preamp or Power amp to give that extra ‘romance’ far from ‘sterile’ feeling. Some of the best system I have heard are mostly mixed, so I am only not favoring full SS system.
What do you guys think about Audio Note 2.1X Signature? I could spend almost the same amount of money as no preamp + dCS Bartok option and instead have the system complete with pre amp by going to AN 2.1X Signature+streamer.
A dealer suggested AN based on my description, he claimed that AN will do magic on less than perfect stream files like Spotify. He happened to have a new AN 2.1X Signature for a good price and I managed to find an as new pre owned Auralic Aries Master/High End version (the first) streamer for a good price too.
I know AN DAC will not decode DSD/PCM/MQA but based on some reviews and the dealer’s mouth even lowly Spotify stream will sound amazing on AN 2.1X Signature and I just love my Spotify so much.
So now which system should I lean to? Complete system with C22 pre amp with Audio Note 2.1X Signature OR without dedicated pre amp and use the volume control from dCS Bartok?