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GloBug 30th December 2011 01:07 AM

Recommend me an eBay DAC.
 
Hey guys I want to try out a DAC kit.

Can you recommend one of those DAC's they sell on eBay?

What chip should it be based on?

I just want to feel the waters and maybe spend $50-$100 on one.

What's the current favorite?

PJN 30th December 2011 01:27 PM

Globug,

I got the Hifimediy direct out cs4398 DAC, and can heartly recommend it. It sounds excellent.

PJN

abraxalito 30th December 2011 01:31 PM

This one's worth a punt and well within your budget. Sound might not be to your taste at first, but persevere with it, I did :)

High end DAC TDA1543 DIR9001 kit DIY WH-1 | eBay

dirkwright 30th December 2011 01:50 PM

I like the products from Twisted Pear... but I guess not eBay. I've had a very good experience with Jim's Audio in Hong Kong:
Capacitors, Bare PCBs of kits items in jims audio store store on eBay!
He answers questions very fast. The board I got appears to be gold plated, which I thought was super.

MrSlim 30th December 2011 05:04 PM

There's a thread here about this AK4396 based DAC. the price can't be beat.. There are kits that include power transformers too.

Coconuts 500 30th December 2011 05:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by abraxalito (Post 2839659)
This one's worth a punt and well within your budget. Sound might not be to your taste at first, but persevere with it, I did :)

High end DAC TDA1543 DIR9001 kit DIY WH-1 | eBay

Hello!

This kit looks very interesting, but I am puzzled as to what you mean by that? Does it color the sound? Is it harsh? What makes the sound not right at the very beginning?

Thanks.

:)

marcelnl 30th December 2011 05:55 PM

TDA 1543 sounds nice, yet it needs to burn in for about 200 hours(like TDA 1541)..it should not sound harsh, especially not if you can find a kit using more of them in parallel (and without oversampling) and with decent parts, PSU and topology... Not sure if those kits exist...

There is a thread on the VALAB DAC using 8 of them (4 per channel) the thread is huge but you'll find usefull info in it on modding and sound quality.

PreSapian 30th December 2011 05:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Coconuts 500 (Post 2839962)
Hello!

This kit looks very interesting, but I am puzzled as to what you mean by that? Does it color the sound? Is it harsh? What makes the sound not right at the very beginning?

Thanks.

:)

is there any more user opinions on that kit? looks simple enough even for me to try :)

Coconuts 500 30th December 2011 06:10 PM

Can it be used with a computer? If so - how to connect it?

MrSlim 30th December 2011 06:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Coconuts 500 (Post 2839987)
Can it be used with a computer? If so - how to connect it?

You would need an S/P-DIF output from your computer..


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