The baseball game I wanted to watch got blacked out last night, so I spent some time playing around with audio stuff and naturally now want to spend more money.
I got around to moving the DAC from my bedroom (Maverick Audio D1) into the living room and found it to provide superior highs than what I currently have out there. I suppose this means it is time to shell out for a dedicated DAC to stay there permanently. From what I can tell, in the $200-300 range, I'm looking at something like I currently have or Emotiva new, the Twisted Pear Opus or an eBay kit pseudo-DIY, or ???? used. Any opinions on where the best value is?
The next thing I am playing with is taking further advantage of the fact that my source is a computer. I'm currently using an active, analog crossover I got for $20 off of eBay, which seems imminently replaceable by a digital crossover at the source. Since it is free to try, I plan on doing so, but I am curious as to whether there are any theoretical advantages to an analog vs a digital crossover.
Similarly, hanging room treatments is not an option for the foreseeable future, but there are a number of success stories online where digital room correction provided some of the same benefits. In particular, the people on the Audiogon forums appear to like the Behringer DEQ2496 for doing such. Once again, since my source is a computer, I don't see any reason to add another box, and there are a number of software solutions out there. Trying this would necessitate buying a microphone, so I am curious if anyone here has any experience with DRC of either sort that they could testify as to the effectiveness of.