Streaming tidal on PC or not

ofnarcr

Novice Member
Forgive me for i am still learning. I like to stream from my PC. Currently i'm streaming tidal from my PC to my old marantz 2250b and the sound is good, i just feel like i might be missing out on something using the onboard audio output on my pc (3.5mm B450 tomahawk). Recently i ran into an old sony cd player and i've noticed sound is better when compared to streaming off the pc. I've looked and looked but can't make heads or tales of the many options.
What is everybody else using from streaming? I'm willing to ditch the pc but some of the options seem really pricey just to get an analog signal to an amplifier.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated as i have scoured the internet to no avail. TIA
 

phil t

Well-known Member
An option could be a usb dac. Before divorce, I had a dragon fly dac ( what would become a dragon fly black) and for its price it was remarkably good. There are many similar usb DACs.
 

Ugg10

Distinguished Member
Depends what you mean by pricey, do you have a budget?

As @phil t says the Dragonfly usb dacs are neat but have limited connections, the Red version is supposed to be pretty good. Something like the Smsl Sanskrit 10th mk2 would be a good place to start at £100, this also has other inputs so you could try plugging your CD digital output into it to see if it improves the sound of that as well.
 

ofnarcr

Novice Member
Depends what you mean by pricey, do you have a budget?

As @phil t says the Dragonfly usb dacs are neat but have limited connections, the Red version is supposed to be pretty good. Something like the Smsl Sanskrit 10th mk2 would be a good place to start at £100, this also has other inputs so you could try plugging your CD digital output into it to see if it improves the sound of that as well.

Thank you for your reply, you made it easy. After a bit of research this seems to be the way to go!
 

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