I have had so much fun finding the best speakers, amp, source, DAC, interconnects and speaker cables, I could afford and have changed out every component in my system over last 12 months. Total new system cost is $7000. I suspect that my weak link is the Arcam r-DAC, not that it is a bad component just that I think it it the weakest link in my system, as I had a chance to use the Brston DAC in my system and easily heard a nice improvement. I have no AC conditioner now and have never spent any time thinking about AC conditioning until now. I use a tube integrated amp which only has a 85 dB noise spec. which in my opinion does not bother me in the least, I can play the system very quiet or very loud and the quiet passages of music track s are just fine, much better than the good old 80s with LPs and first generaton CDs.
Should I consider an AC power conditioner or go for a better DAC?
What unit would you suggest that I buy to heard a worthy improvement?
What if I had the typical entry system, where one was still a happy camper CD consumer: $400 NAD CD player, $800 NAD or Cambrige integrated amp, $1100 towers, would a person typically want to spend their limited funds on an AC power conditioner or instead buy better amp or speakers?