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DAC for entry level system
The problem for me has been to find a quality DAC that has 2 coaxial SPDIF inputs. I don't like using Toslink optical. As 'quality' is budget dependent, and given that you have a nice system , what are you willing to spend on a DAC? Are you willin... 
Do I need a DAC?
Oscarrr, I have enjoyed this thread as I have many friends considering the same. You have garnished a great deal of input, most of which I agree.1)Driving a DAC with the AE via SPDIF would be an improvement.2)A computer playing WAV or AIFF quality... 
Looking to get started. please help
I agree with Tonyangel, It is all about how the speakers sound in your environment. Given that you are outfitting a family room as apposed to an audio room, it comes down to flexibility in speaker placement and room treatment. Have you heard the T... 
DAC for entry level system
It seems to me that you are looking for a DAC that will serve both the Arcam and the Squeesbox, and therefore looking for 2 SPDIF inputs. Is this true? 
Looking to get started. please help
You did well buying the NAD 326. IMHO, more than the power difference, the fact that the 326 has sub out and PRE/amp that can be separated justifies it over the 316. Speakers contribute most to the character of a sound system. Many people putting ... 
Do I need a DAC?
Oscarr, you have a great entry level system in the making. The express represents the weak link. A DAC would serve as an upgrade. The PS audio digital link III is often found used on this site for ~$350. Good DAC at that price, especially when avo... 
Which headphones??
I am using AKG 701s (~$250) with an Music Hall amp ($400 retail). Great sound for the $$$. The MH amp is a hybrid design, has 2 inputs, 2 headphone outputs, and can serve as a preamp. 
New CD player or new external DAC ?
+1 Marakaentz. If I had a chance to get the BDA-1 new discounted as a demo form a dealer I would jump on it. 
Upgrade Help: CDP or DAC
It likely that most of the perceived brightness is coming from the relatively inexpensive internal DAC built into the 5004 ($350 retail I believe). The analogue output stage likely also contributes. A newer sub $700 externalDAC can improve on this... 
Dedicated line w/ upgraded parts or power cond?
I would start by adding dedicated power line. Actually 2 -3 if possible. One for amp/pre, one for digital. As Elizabeth stated, your existing line may serve as a dedicated. 
What's the sonic advantage of bi-wiring
Asked another way, is there a disadvantage to bi-wireing speakers having the required binding posts. 
Better sounding after 1 hour
All electronic component parts operate best (at their desired specs) when they have reached thermal equilibrum. I will let my system play for 30 min or more before begining a session. 
USB/SPDIF converter and DAC combinations
Thanks Mordante. I have found this site after i posted this thread. I am considering the audiophellio2 and then upgrading my DAC. 
Best entry level audiophile CD player with Co-Ax
As stated previously, it depends on how you plan on using the CDP. If as a transport I concur with Mik971. I would also consider Marantz, though you might consider the CD5004 over higher priced Marantz models. Check into it, the transport mechanis... 
What is a very nice sounding tube preamp?
In addition to the previous recommendations, all very sound,I own a new , Jolida Fusion, owned a Audible Illusion 3a bought used. Both at your price point and very good. You might also consider Quicksilver.Enjoy and let us know your choice.