Originally Posted by WannaBeOCer
I am not looking at charts at all just taking your advice. I've been looking for some Cambridge s30s for the past two days and they are all sold out.
Also what else would I need beside an amp to make sure that everything will work correctly?
My budget is $1,000 I already order the amp for $550
Would getting a DAC sound better than my DAC in my sound card?
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Yes. A dac would make your system sound a million times better. Jolida again makes the glass tube fx. I have been listening to my tube amp for quite some time with just on board audio dac since I dumped ALL my money into an amp. Just recently I actually took the amp back to the shop and paired it with the jolida. SOOOOOO much better. Warm, full, forward, and it looks sexy as hell to boot. So I ordered one on the spot and bought some nice audio note silver (only reason I got silver is because they were having a pretty darn good sale on them) capacitors to go with it.
However....I would say to wait on the dac. That ZxR card you have there is not a bad dac in of itself. The jolida is better, but you would be much wiser investing in better speaker ATM.
Also. If you want to get real kick but speakers, I know a guy who is selling some celestion 3s. They are what I use and they sound fantastic. They are sort of rare though, and when you do find them, usually they are 1 foot in the grave. If you wish to send the guy a PM his name is Spriggs.
Another option for some nicer vintage speakers would be dynaco A-25 (35s are better but rare). They look sort of old but they have really nice sound.
Both of those are better than the S30s. More modern day speakers kind of on the tinny or bright side TBH. The more modern things I can think of that you might find on a deal on anything by audionote, that would be yet another great way to go.
And of course http://www.crutchfield.com/p_779S30N/Cambridge-Audio-S30-Noir.html?tp=186&awkw=25896007945&awat=pla&awnw=g&awcr=6676517065&awdv=c
you can always reserve your S30s too. The speakers would only be two weeks out, so if you want to snipe a good pair of A25s, Celestion 3 (oh and NOTHING other than celestion 3. ie not celestion 3 mk2 or what every they are....just plain 3), anything by audionote that you can afford, or A-35s, then be my guest and you always have a fall back with the S30s.