Some of you may know that I was recently inspired by my friend Tim to re-rip my entire CD library into ALAC format. This made a modest improvement in sound quality, but the addition of a DAC (digital to analog converter) made a much bigger difference. When I bought an engagement ring for Susan, I bought myself a present - a Peachtree iNova with a built-in DAC. A DAC basically does this:
The sound quality from the iNova is amazing. If you don't believe me, come over sometime and we can listen to some Peter Gabriel. Because I love music much, it broke my heart when my brother told me he didn't have any speakers these days, only headphones. I decided to get him a 40th birthday present of some computer speakers and after some quick research realized I could get very high quality audio for less money than many computer speaker systems.
I decided to get him the Topping VX1 class T amplifier - 2 x 25 watts. I had it shipped to me to test it first and I was blown away with the audio quality. For $90 delivered, it has a DAC with specs on par with the Peachtree DAC - 24 bit/96kHz. It only has two inputs, one aux but the other is a USB, a digital input meaning this the perfect companion for computer audio. If you like high sound quality, pair this with some Mission-MS50 or Paradigm Titan speakers.
Of interest to me and hopefully at least one other person