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Old 1st May 2010, 10:29 PM   #21
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AMB γ1 has CS8416 and WM8501 or WM8759, but γ2 has SRC4192 and WM8741, WM8742 or WM8740.
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Old 2nd May 2010, 09:46 AM   #22
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The new Decware ZDAC-1 for the under a grand category.
Audiophile Tube Amps and Tube Gear from DECWARE
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Old 25th August 2010, 07:59 PM   #23
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Beresford TC-7520 DAC - Headphone Amplifier - Preamp

$279, good reviews.
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Old 26th August 2010, 01:05 AM   #24
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Originally Posted by DaveCan View Post
The new Decware ZDAC-1 for the under a grand category.
Audiophile Tube Amps and Tube Gear from DECWARE
I'm sorry Dave but this Decware DAC is a complete rip off. look at this thread page, post #2906:

Experience with this DIY DAC ?

The DAC that Decware uses is this chinese DAC from ebay:

Gigawork 24/192 Up-sampling DAC DA CONVERTER w/ USB kit on eBay (end time 26-Aug-10 09:00:30 BST)

Shocking really. Just buy the ebay kit and save hundreds of dollars. The ebay DAC is actually very good.
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Old 31st August 2010, 03:51 AM   #25
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Such a very amazing link!
Thanks you for the post.
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Old 31st August 2010, 07:18 AM   #26
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Dolby Digital A/V receivers are officially obsolete thanks to HDMI. I've seen a couple under $50 at thrift shops and pawnbrokers. Some have preamp outs.

Dolby Digital add-on processors like the Technics SH-AC300 and 500D. While there were similar boxes from other brands, I believe the Technics SH-AC500D sold in much higher numbers because it was the only processor under $1000 to do DTS as well as DD. And it made a perfectly usable standalone processor when combined with separate power amps.

There were or are some DD processors made for autosound and as add-ons to computer speakers. Not common, and overpriced on eBay, but you may stumble upon one locally. I picked up two car DD/DTS processors for $25 each on a clearance table at a car stereo shop.

And, finally, digital recorders like Minidisc, DCC, DAT or CDR should have digital inputs and therefore could function as DACs.

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Old 31st January 2011, 03:59 PM   #27
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Old 4th February 2011, 12:26 AM   #28
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The Behringer SRC2496 can be bought new for under $250, not $450.

And USB devices should include the ADSTech "Instant Music" which used the same chip as the Behringer UCA202 but achieved better performance (according to someone's RMAA loopback test). ADC, DAC, Toslink in and out

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Old 9th January 2012, 09:32 PM   #29
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Sorry I haven't kept up with this. I'll look through some posts when I get a chance.

I moved the list to a Google Spreadsheet. If you'd like to collaborate, message me. There are still holes. I especially need help with cost estimates for DIY DACs.

I also added lots of expensive DACs for some technical comparison.

List of DACs "Under $450"
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Old 11th January 2012, 11:28 PM   #30
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Nice list. DACs have gotten so cheap I am contemplating just buying one vs DIY. Just finished a Hypex amplifier. My old preamp is broken. So I am mainlining an old Sony ES CD player into the Hypex as the Sony has a adjustable,via remote, variable output.
I am thinking about the Matrix-mini or the Emotiva, as I would like to have balanced out and also, for the short term, a volume control. Tho I think the digital volume controls are crappy due to lost bits.
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