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Old 25th August 2009, 05:26 PM   #1
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Default Audiosector USB DAC

The SPDIF DAC has been around since 2005 and there are few reviews on 6moons, most recent one here: http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/a...e5/system.html

The USB DAC was introduced last year and it's basically same circuit with exception of input interface which converts USB signal directly to I2S.

The Premium kit (with Black Gates) is USD$250, transformer additional $30 and Cardas dual RCA $20.

The DAC is also available as assembled and tested circuit, mounted on wooden board, at $80 more.

See attached pics for details. User comments can be found here: http://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=56975.0
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Old 10th September 2009, 04:29 PM   #2
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For those interested in SPDIF version of a DAC, it's also available at USD$280 (kit version, Cardas RCA and transformer are extra)
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Old 10th September 2009, 06:14 PM   #3
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love the rca jacks... neat!
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Old 1st October 2009, 12:01 AM   #4
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While I offer complete chassis for the DACs, quite popular became partial enclosure,`with just acrylic top. One just shipped today.
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Old 6th October 2009, 12:41 PM   #5
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Hi Peter
My name is Manolis and I am from Greece
I read al ot of your work at the audiophile forums and i would like to try your usb dac ( and mabe later your amps...)
Bytheway if I have understand right the price for the dac (assembled and tested ) is 380 USD?
My email is hatzoglu@yahoo.gr

I will wait your responce as soon as possible you can..

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Old 6th October 2009, 03:38 PM   #6
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Yes, the price is correct.

In order to keep best performance, either USB or SPDIF versions are available separately only. You can however, stack two DACs, boards powering them off a single supply.
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This solution for two dacs how much it cost, Peter?
And also the schematec of the SPDIF DACi s the same as in the review at the http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/a...e5/system.html ?
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Yes, the kit I offer here is exactly the same as Audiozone DAC featured in 6moons review.

The stacked DAC solution, will cost basically the same as two DACs, less one transformer, 8 rectifiers and 2 x BG STD 1000/25 caps ($55)
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Old 16th October 2009, 03:06 PM   #10
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I recieved a USB kit (looked to be in good shape), assembled everything, and used it for a few days. Worked very well, good sound!

Then-- something quit working...
The computer no longer recognizes the DAC.
Re-cked all solder joints, ck'ed continuity to components from DAC input to chip; all good.
Where else to look?
Bad chip?

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Robert
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