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    Possible upgrades to my PC stereo?

    Hello! I'm newbie and new to the forum. I would like some help.

    Right now I have a pair of Fluid F5 active monitors, connected to a Focusrite Scarllet Solo 2nd gen, connected to my PC via USB.

    Aside buying new speakers, what possible upgrades I could do? It's main use is to play FLAC archives, play some games and watch movies.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Possible upgrades to my PC stereo?

    Welcome to the forum, thank you for joining.
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    Re: Possible upgrades to my PC stereo?

    Quote Originally Posted by GVRubin View Post
    Hello! I'm newbie and new to the forum. I would like some help.

    Right now I have a pair of Fluid F5 active monitors, connected to a Focusrite Scarllet Solo 2nd gen, connected to my PC via USB.

    Aside buying new speakers, what possible upgrades I could do? It's main use is to play FLAC archives, play some games and watch movies.

    Thanks!
    Get a good DAC and preamp. What is your budget and how much room do you have?

    Something like these Benchmark DAC/preamp or PS Audio are a good start without knowing your budget. Also, a good usb cable can make a nice difference.

    https://benchmarkmedia.com/collectio...udio-converter

    https://www.psaudio.com/products/stellar-gain-cell/

    Give Underwood HiFi a call if you are interested in the PS Audio. He will give you a good deal.

    You may want to pose your question on the Computer Audiophile forum, you will get plenty of opinions.

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    Re: Possible upgrades to my PC stereo?

    Also look at Nuprime preamp/DAC and IFI

    I run music off my computer to a DAC and my main system. I use to use a high end laptop but decided to build a custom dedicated desktop that I remote into using Windows remote desktop. I used a low ripple power supply and a MOBO with higher end capacitors, SSD's and it literally transformed my system.
    My Gear- Mains System-Pass X250 amp, BAT VK-51se preamp, Luxman DA-06 DAC, Magnepan 1.6's, Thorens TD-145 TT, Dual Martin Logan Subs, Vintage Luxman T-110 Tuner, Other systems- Parasound A21 amp,Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid tube DAC and Preamp, Magnepan MMG's, Monitor Audio S1's, PSB B6's, Def Tech Pro Monitor 1000's, Velodyne sub, Adcom GFR-700 AVR, Music Hall 25.2 modified CDP, Cables by Cardas Parsec, AQ Columbia DBS 72v, Wire World.

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    Re: Possible upgrades to my PC stereo?

    Welcome. I use a Nuprime IDA-8 with Selah Audio SA2s on my PC system
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    Re: Possible upgrades to my PC stereo?

    Both Nuprime and Benchmark are excellent equipment. Nuprime is a tad lower (ie depending on your budget) while Benchmark is definitely a step up. I also like that Benchmark is built in the USA (Syracuse, New York).

    Something else to consider is Wyred 4 Sound. Known for reasonably priced equipment and they offer models in mini format also. Again another American company. They are built in Atascadero, California.

    Another big consideration is the software that you use to play your music. JRiver is very good and much more reasonably priced. My preference is Roon, which is quite a bit more expensive but is one of the finest music software systems out there.
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