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    Best DAC / preamp combo for turntable option

    Hello,
    My Anthem tube preamp just died again, after having been repaired twice! Time for a new one. I do not yet have DAC, so I'm inclined to buy high-end DAC that also functions as preamp. Problem is that I also listen to vinyl, and can't find a way to fit turntable / phono-preamp into such a system (DAC without dedicated preamp). Any recommendations? I'll be using mac mini as server.
    Thanks
    Todd

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    phono

    I am not aware of one with a phono section.
    Forrest:
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    Typically: poly-sinc/DSD7/11.2MHz

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    A number of people are

    A number of people are successfully using multi-channel pro audio DAC's such as the Prism Orpheus and Metric Halo ULN-8/LIO-8. If you do a Google search you should be able to find reviews/posts.

    Here's a couple of links:

    http://www.10audio.com/prism_orpheus.htm

    http://www.computeraudiophile.com/content/Metric-Halo-ULNLIO-8-MC-phono-preamp
    Mac Mini / Pure Music > Firewire & USB > Metric Halo LIO-8 > Hypex NCORE 400 > Geddes Abbey Speakers > Rythmik Servo & Geddes Band Pass Subs // DH Labs Cables, HRS MXR Isolation Rack, PurePower 2000, Elgar 6006B

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    Ah! Silly me

    I am mistaken! How could I forget that...

    A great suggestion of great components.
    Forrest:
    Win8/i7 AIO touch screen HQPlayer RB>DSD256>Uptone Regen w/ LPS
    >Signalyst DSC1/Soekris DAM>
    >Bent Audio TAP>Atma Sphere MA60 2.2>Tannoy System 15 DMT
    Typically: poly-sinc/DSD7/11.2MHz

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    Forrest, I figured you must

    Forrest, I figured you must have started celebrating the holidays early.... :-)
    Mac Mini / Pure Music > Firewire & USB > Metric Halo LIO-8 > Hypex NCORE 400 > Geddes Abbey Speakers > Rythmik Servo & Geddes Band Pass Subs // DH Labs Cables, HRS MXR Isolation Rack, PurePower 2000, Elgar 6006B

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    Oh my...

    Did I last night- I have been in a fog. I was completely thinking along the lines of the Wyred for Sound or Benchmark DAC1 Pre type of products...

    Forrest:
    Win8/i7 AIO touch screen HQPlayer RB>DSD256>Uptone Regen w/ LPS
    >Signalyst DSC1/Soekris DAM>
    >Bent Audio TAP>Atma Sphere MA60 2.2>Tannoy System 15 DMT
    Typically: poly-sinc/DSD7/11.2MHz

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    proaudio DAC

    Great idea, thanks!!
    Looking for someone who has used pro-audio DAC for high-end audio playback (using both digital and vinyl) - what works the best?


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    If I were you...

    The Peachtree Grand Pre would be on my audition list.
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    I will ask the same question I ask of everyone else...

    What price range are you looking at? There are many great options at many prices.

    I also second Barrows suggestion of the Peachtree Grand Pre.
    Enjoying the music...

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    Best DAC for $4k U.S. or

    Best DAC for $4k U.S. or under that will function as preamp for digital and analog inputs (phono preamp).

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    In that case

    I strongly suggest the Peachtree Grand Pre.

    http://signalpathint.com/index.php/Grand-Series/grand-pre.html

    If I remember correctly, priced around 3K USD.

    Read some of Chris's impressions here: http://www.computeraudiophile.com/content/Rocky-Mountain-Audiofest-2011-Show-Notes
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    Peachtree Grand Pre

    Anybody out there have this one? How does in sound? Looks like it is either Peachtree or Benchmark that will work best.

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    Nobody owns a Grand Pre yet, they are not yet for sale...

    I have owned the Benchmark, IMO it does not deserve the hype or consideration unless you enjoy hurting your ears...

    I also own a Peachtree iNova, and previously owned a Nova, they are great products. Chris heard the Grand Pre at RMAF and said it was a significant improvement over Peachtree's previous products. If it were me, I would wait for the Grand Pre.
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    It is for sale at Music

    It is for sale at Music Direct, and says they will ship today!

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    really?

    holy crap! Buy that thing then!
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    Bel Canto DAC 2.5

    I currently have a Rega Turntable into a Pro-ject Tube Box II feeding a Bel Canto DAC 2.5. The 2.5 has an analogue input with a variable out. I have the 2.5 going directly into a Cary Tube amp. It works great for my vinyl

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    Peachtree Grand Pre

    Thanks everyone for your input. I purchased the Grand Pre from Music Direct. It has a 30 day return policy if I don't like it. I'll let everyone know how it sounds!!
    Todd

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    Sweet...

    Todd. I look forward to hearing how you like it!
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    I second the sweet!

    I may buy one too, My second system could always use an upgrade. Of course then I would need to buy an amp... Hmmm, this plan has some merit...

    Enjoying the music...

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    Got the Grand Pre

    This is one amazing preamp/DAC. Sounds as good or better than my Anthem tube preamp listening to CD's or records. Just starting to play with the computer playback, and mp3's through Sonos sound almost as good as CD. Can't wait to hook up Mac mini and play hi-res through this beast!
    Thanks everyone
    Todd

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    Hi...

    Todd, I hope that you will post some more details on the sound when you get it set up with a Mac and good playback software. I am looking forward to hearing more about this promising product.

    Thanks!
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    Sounds promising

    I also am looking forward to hearing more.
    Enjoying the music...

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    Peachtree Grand Pre

    Ok, so I finally hooked up mac mini to Peachtree Grand Pre. I'm using Pure Music software / iTunes. I downloaded Fleetwood Mac album (self-titled) through HDtracks. Took a little adjusting with volume dithering on Pure Music, but found it sounds best at 0 db. The sound is absolutely breathtaking!! On "warm ways", the sound is rich, detailed, and incredibly warm. Part of that is my speakers, which are not well-known here in USA. They are Ambience planar speakers, hand made in Australia by the brilliant Tony Moore. So I give Peachtree the highest recommendation - couldn't sound better!

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    Good to hear

    Glad you are liking it. Have you played around with the tube/no tube option yet?
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    Peachtree Grand Pre

    Honestly, I can't really hear a difference whether tube option is engaged or not. Still sounds fantastic

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