Since we’ve been working from home for more than a year now - with no end in sight, I invested early on in a system that in my mind would allow me to have all those meetings from AM to PM without a bunch of unnecessary audio related fatigue.
Here’s the system:
USB out from work machine into Chord Qutest Dac
Naim Supernait 3
The Harbeths were chosen since they’re supposed to do ‘natural voices’. Not sure how much of that is true or just marketing - but I’ll go with it.
The SN3 were not so much chosen as I had one at home. Overkill - and I guess I could get by with a Nova or something like that - or a Nait 5si/Nait XS.
Chord Dac - again, something I happened to have at home.
All in all - money well spent, IMHO.
On days when for one reason or another I have to resort to tinny PC speakers - I’m glad to have this system.
My nearfield system:
Laptop > USB > SingXer F1 > Chord Hugo TT > Naim NAP140 >Sound Acoustic LS3/5a (ish!)
Killer system for sure! I’ve said this before, your second/WFH system outperforms many primary systems.
…all that matters is you enjoying it! And it sounds you are quite happy. Congratulations…
How are you powering your Qutest?
Sorry, I do not understand what you mean by overkill……
Just from the wallwart that came with it. Good enough for me.
With the SN3 and the surest, I had to run a grounding cable from the SN3 to the powerblock.
They do voices brilliantly , that is the amp and speakers I nearly went with and then I auditioned a Rega Aethos which drove those speakers very well , the Aethos went for reasons unconnected with audio and I now have a Nova.
It drives the speakers well and I love the streaming , but I think a Powerline and better speaker cable may be helpful.
If you WfH and can afford it, I don’t think there is such a thing as overkill for an office.
Cost-wise I put together something similar (non Naim) which will migrate to the office in due course next year.
A UQ2 and Qacoustics served me well for 7+ years but as the realisation dawned that most of my listening is here, slapping down serious money for a rack of separates seems logical.
A quality music system is the hallmark of a sophisticated office in my view. It shows you enjoy work and invest in enhancing that enjoyment.
The Qutest is a superb DAC and given an uprated PSU will give you more. The best VFM/Quality I have found is the SBooster with their Ultra II.
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