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Yeah. Good luck on your search! Just post here, make a new thread, or pm some people if you need help deciding or help finding one.

Edit-I recommended the TX-8050.
I'm not sure if you meant you actually had the Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1 when you talked about it in an earlier post, but if you did, could you answer a question for me?

How does the Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1 sound compared to a high quality receiver like the one you suggested or one that you own if you own one?
    
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I actually don't know but I'm pretty sure receivers don't use tubes.
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Dollar for dollar, you'll generally get more accurate sound from a purpose-built product than from a big, do-all thing like a receiver. Two totally different animals.

The primary function of a receiver is to accept multiple audio sources, allow switching between them, and provide some passable amplification to the input signals. It probably includes some signal processing/EQ, at least basic video capability, and a bevy of outputs to drive other bigger amplifiers, powered speakers, etc. Included amongst all that is the actual audio circuitry (DACs and amplifiers) like are being discussed here.

Receivers are damned useful things, and many sound very good - but, I would not treat a stereo receiver as a drop-in alternative for a dedicated DAC/preamp. Totally different animals to suit totally different needs. Think of it like you're paying, say, $100 for actual hardware - now, divide that hardware between just a power supply, DAC circuit, line preamp circuit, and a headphone amp circuit. Then take that same $100 in parts and divide it up between the PSU, DAC, preamp, headphone amp, video switching, EQ, DSP, text displays, AM/FM radio, speaker amplifiers, etc. The receiver does much more all in one box, but at the same price point each individual function will not have as much invested into it as with a single-purpose unit.
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Chipp is basically saying that receivers fit more features in for a low price but doesn't perform as good as getting each part separate. The parts separate are expensive but perform better than a receiver. Isn't that right Chipp?
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Chipp is basically saying that receivers fit more features in for a low price but doesn't perform as good as getting each part separate. The parts separate are expensive but perform better than a receiver. Isn't that right Chipp?
Thats the gist of it.
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Dollar for dollar, you'll generally get more accurate sound from a purpose-built product than from a big, do-all thing like a receiver. Two totally different animals.

The primary function of a receiver is to accept multiple audio sources, allow switching between them, and provide some passable amplification to the input signals. It probably includes some signal processing/EQ, at least basic video capability, and a bevy of outputs to drive other bigger amplifiers, powered speakers, etc. Included amongst all that is the actual audio circuitry (DACs and amplifiers) like are being discussed here.

Receivers are damned useful things, and many sound very good - but, I would not treat a stereo receiver as a drop-in alternative for a dedicated DAC/preamp. Totally different animals to suit totally different needs. Think of it like you're paying, say, $100 for actual hardware - now, divide that hardware between just a power supply, DAC circuit, line preamp circuit, and a headphone amp circuit. Then take that same $100 in parts and divide it up between the PSU, DAC, preamp, headphone amp, video switching, EQ, DSP, text displays, AM/FM radio, speaker amplifiers, etc. The receiver does much more all in one box, but at the same price point each individual function will not have as much invested into it as with a single-purpose unit.
Okay thanks that makes sense. That pretty much puts me at the Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1 DAC or something similar for my needs. I really just need something to provide nice, high-quality, beautiful sound (mostly music) to my future active monitors, which I am still looking for as well. The Maverick Audio TubeMagic DAC also provides a tube amp which will allow me to add coloration to the music of my tastes. I will keep looking for similar alternatives though thanks again for all the great help!
    
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