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I'm in the process of upgrading my current audio equipment in search of a truer 'hi-fi' system.

My current setup looks like this:

SPDIF out (from Crosshair IV) -> Yamaha RX-V361 Receiver -> Mordaunt Short MS 30s speakers & AKG K271 MKII headphones.

I'm finding the range of different options a little bewildering at the minute, as far as I can tell there are a number of different ways of doing things,

* Onboard DAC (soundcard)
* USB DAC
* Separate pre-amplifier and power amplifier
* All in one receiver
* Headphone only amplifier?

and I've struggled to find a good guide online which explains which set up might be preferred. My audio setup is located entirely in my own room, and used only for music and some general PC media (flash, a little gaming etc). Ideally I'd like something with enough flexibility to allow me to choose between speakers or headphones, whilst being a little more compact (and higher quality) than my current receiver.

Does anyone know of any good online guides or have any suggestions for what an optimum setup would look like?
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There is no real optimum setup. You also have not stated a budget. There's simply nothing to work with here.

You're probably best off selling the receiver and speakers and then buying a USB DAC/AMP combo and new speakers.

Again, can't offer you anymore advice because you have no budget and I could literally sink you in so much debt you'll be forced to declare bankruptcy with how much we can spend in audio equipment.
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