For Spotify use—Chromecast Audio + Cambridge 851D or Auralic Vega G1?

I’m currently using ChromeCast Audio device to stream Spotify to a Cambridge Audio 851D DAC...then to an integrated amp (Musical Fidelity M6Si). Will there be any noticeable sound improvement if I upgrade all the way to an Auralic Vega G1(or even G2) just to stream audio from Spotify?

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  • I had the Cambridge 851N and used Tidal with it for a few weeks. Recently, I found a 851D for a good price and connected a Chromecast Audio device to it. I couldn’t detect any significant difference while listening to “master” songs on Tidal so I kept the cheaper set up. I understand that the DAC is the same in both units. Now I’m just wondering if the upgrading the DAC and streamer will yield any more improvement in streaming Spotify and Tidal.
  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 3,190
    Could be other things downstream that are preventing your lack of differentiation on sources. Doesn't make a lot of sense to buy a $2,000+ DAC if you are using $50 lamp cord for speaker wire (for example).
    Cambridge Audio 851N Streamer/DAC
    Belles 21A Pre modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    B&K M200 Sonata monoblocks refreshed and upgraded
    Belles 350A Reference modded with Mundorf Supreme caps
    Polk SDA 1C's modded
    Wireworld Silver Eclipse IC's and speaker cables

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  • Thank you. I’ll hold off upgrading the streamer/DAC until I can get my hands on better speaker cables (currently using blue jeans cables).
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 7,076
    What are your speakers, interconnects, power cables? And what amp and preamp are you using?
    Living Room 2.1: Dynaudio Contour 1.3mkii; Martin Logan Grotto sub; Musical Fidelity A308; Marantz SA 14S1; Sony UBP-x1000es
    Game Room HT: Denon AVR-X4200w; Sony UBP-x700; Definitive Technology SM450; Definitive Technology LCR2000; Definitive Technology StudioMonitor350; Mirage Nanasats; Sub - HSU VTF-2 MK5
    Master Bedroom
    Cambridge Azur 551r; Definitive Technology promonitor 800; ACI Titan Subwoofer
  • IC: MIT shotgun S3 rca cable from Cambridge 851D DAC
    Integrated amp: Musical Fidelity M6si
    Speakers: polk Lsim707

    Stock power cables.
  • gyosagyosa Posts: 580
    Biggest thing you could do to improve your sound quality is to ditch Spotify and go with either Tidal or Qobuz ...
    Spotify really sucks .....

    Parasound A21 , Yamaha wxc-50 , Polk SDA 1c’s ( my first love .. ) , Kimber Kable 4TC, Sony 42” - BEDROOM

    B&K EX-442 ( it will go in my casket when I die ... ) , PS Audio 4.6 preamp ( old school , but it still jams on ... ) , Yamaha wxc-50 , Boston Acoustic voyager 7’s - POOL

    PS Audio Stellar S300 , Cambridge Audio 851n , Yamaha wxc-50 , Kimber Kable 4vs , Salk Supercharged Song towers ( difficult choice between these and my family if I had to choose ... 😩 ) , Sony XBR-A8F 65” OLED , Onkyo TX-RZ610 - DEN , MAIN RIG

    Onkyo TX-nr609 , Polk atrium 7 , Boston acoustic sound ware (4) , Boston acoustic sub , B&W center , Sharp 65” TV - PATIO

    DAYENS AMPINO ( thanks Verb ! ) , KEiiD streamer ( this was only 60 bucks ?? ) , Polk atrium 8SDi’s - KID’s BEDROOM

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