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Old 16th May 2011, 01:38 PM   #1
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Default budget USB DAC amp, which?

kit preferred, like to have one RCA input (ipod). Options which are not necessary but want to look into are. Source is flac file from my PC.

1. built in headphone amp.
2. subwoofer output.

I can use my t-amp if amp if not part of the kit to drive my fullrange.

Can someone suggest a device?

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Old 16th May 2011, 04:06 PM   #2
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ermm, a budget usb dac with built in power amp, ADC and preamp/lineamp, headphone amp, surround mixer?

have i missed anything?

i think you need to narrow your requirements
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ermm, a budget usb dac with built in power amp, ADC and preamp/lineamp, headphone amp, surround mixer?

have i missed anything?

i think you need to narrow your requirements
sorry, budget DAC with extra one RCA input.

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yes, but an rca input means it must also have a line stage and ADC, or a preamp input that bypasses the digital stages. its an unusual request and i think it will be hard to find in anything but commercial gear, like some soundcards will have all that you want except the power amp.
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Default which basic DAC kit?

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yes, but an rca input means it must also have a line stage and ADC, or a preamp input that bypasses the digital stages. its an unusual request and i think it will be hard to find in anything but commercial gear, like some soundcards will have all that you want except the power amp.
I understand now, it sort of defeats the purpose of DAC... having analog input. Is there a basic DAC kit that I can connect to my PC (flac) and my modified t-amp that folks recommend?

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Old 17th May 2011, 02:49 PM   #6
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Search ebay for mini usb dac amplifier.

or check out the FIIO E7
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Old 19th May 2011, 06:04 PM   #7
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In my office I've been using the budget USB DAC from hifimediy coupled with a hlly TAMP20 for a few months and like the combination very much. Great performance per dollar spent.
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gychang,

hifimediy USB DAC is basic, cheap and sounds good if you can figure out a chassis/box for it. Tends to the soft side. runs off USB power. Hifimediy|Hifimediy UAC27 mini USB DAC, PCM2706/WM8501, USB>S/PDIF converter

PopPulse SuperPro USB DAC is oversampling, already boxed, needs a 12v supply(included) and tends to detailed/bright. Home Audio :: Digital to Analog Converters :: Pop Pulse Compact SUPER DAC 707U W/ New PS - ALO Audio

Add a DPDT switch and RCAs or 3.5mm jack to your T-amp for additional input...

headphone amp? C-moy?
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I have a Hlly DMK IV preamp/DAC which includes optical, coax and USB DAC inputs as well as one analog input. It handles source selection, volume, balance and comes with a remote control, but it is not a kit...comes fully assembled. Not sure where your line for budget ends, but I got it on eBay for $291 with shipping. I have been very satisfied with the performance of this device.
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I have a Hlly DMK IV preamp/DAC which includes optical, coax and USB DAC inputs as well as one analog input. It handles source selection, volume, balance and comes with a remote control, but it is not a kit...comes fully assembled. Not sure where your line for budget ends, but I got it on eBay for $291 with shipping. I have been very satisfied with the performance of this device.
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