Hi everyone, first post here, greetings from italy!
My audio system at home, which my brother and wife gave me as a present some 10 years ago, is composed by
- M-Audio M3-8 three way audio studio monitors (active speakers: ouch, I know…)
- Behringer XENYX Q1202USB mixer (poor quality: second ouch)
- An old average Pioneer turntable (inherited from my father, does its job)
- A VP29 Phono Preamp by Rolls (I love Rolls stuff!)
I am not very much concerned with perfect sound quality, even though as a musician I appreciate it, but at the moment I do not have the budget for it, so I am trying to avoid to change the speakers, even though I am well aware that that’s my bottleneck.
Recently, some problems with the mixer and the turntable started making me wonder what could I change in my setup, although staying in the semi-budget range. I bumped into this  amazing post that helped clear my mind about my problem, but still I am in need of advice.
This is my idea, tell me if I am somehow totally wrong: I could replace the mixer with a stereo mixer like the one suggested here  (Rolls Minimix II, again: thanks Rolls!) and with a DAC. With this setup, I could:
- connect the aux cable I use for my iPad/computer to a DAC
- connect the DAC and the phono pre amp to a mixer
- connect the mixer to the active speakers
I make a great use of digital sources (iPad, laptop, TV, mobiles…), hence the DAC. Plus, I won’t be dealing with the behringer mixer settings and everything on the mixer-side will be reduced at level contro.
As an alternative, I think I could buy a line pre-amp, but afaik those are way more expensive than the mixer+DAC solution I have in mind.
Whenever I will own a house, I’ll probably sell the active speakers, buy some passive ones and a proper receiver.
What do you think? Any suggestion is appreciated.
I would also love some suggestions about budget DACs and, in case, pre-amp. I really like the Douk Audio DAC-Q1 PRO and the Douk Audio HiFi 12AX7 Vacuum Tube Preamp. What’s your opinion?