My limited understanding.
DAC - Transfer digital signal of source to Analog.
Issue - Currently I have a marantz 5 disc changer that leaves me a little short in the sound quality. I currently have it hooked up with silver interconnects (analog). I noticed that playing the CD source direct (source bypass feature of the pre) does NOT sound as good as stereo mode of the preamp. My assumption the DAC in the pre produces better sound than my CDP DAC.
I am now in the market for an upgrade, and don't want to go over 4 or 500 bucks. Problem is I prefer multidisc units for the random feature and most of the referred cd players for the quality i am looking for are single disk.
Techy question - How much does the transport matter when using a DAC? My first thought was that putting something else in the signal path would degrade, but my understanding of digital, is that they are all 1's and 0's and the transport wouldn't matter that much coming from a digital out. Would a DAC in that price range be a noticeable improvement?