I have a basic Naim setup, SN2 amp, Dac v1 , Speakers are B&W 804D + DB1 sub and using currently a Sonos Connect as a digital source, this is sub optimal i know as i was previously using a mac mini with jRiver and got tired of the maintenance of updates etc as the mac didn't have a monitor connected.
Now i am relocating my system to the office i am looking to revamp the digital source The problem is the market of digital sources to feed a DAC seems pretty limited and seem to be
1. Naim separates streamer such as the NDX and then decide if to link it into the DACv1 as a transport or use its internal DAC. This seems wasteful as will be buying another DAC which i might not need,
2. Naim Uniti Star which will act as a transport and will also provide a CD player and ripper functionality and also give the option of using it as a one box setup in the future. This might be more wasteful on face value but the product looks much better value than the NDX streamer similar price but with a whole lot more tech and brand new. Now the DAC will not be up to the NDX perhaps, but as a digital source how much does that matter as the Dav V1 controls the timing i understand so is it really that fussy ? (to be honest the Sonos connect sounds pretty ok through it!)
3. Get a 3rd party streamer
I am kind of liking the NDX option but i will then have to do some testing to see if i prefer the NDX dac or the Dacv1, and i think it will be a nicely matching system ....but... from what i have read i am not that sure it will give that much more performance than a Uniti Star as a transport
since the Dac v1 is a great DAC and that is where i intuitively believe the money should be spent on making digital audio sound good is there anything i may be missing here?