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magreen 25th September 2012 04:08 AM

very budget USB DAC w/ line out
 
Hello. First post after reading and searching through lots and lots of threads. Thanks for making a great forum.

Can someone recommend a <= $65 USB DAC with line out? (I'd like to spend as little as possible, preferably < $50.) To be clear, I do not have digital out from my laptop. I only have USB. So the DAC has to accept USB input.

I'm going to be playing this through a Denon PMA-300V integrated amp into EPI T E 70 Epicure speakers, and also through my Grado SR60 phones. So you can see I don't need the ultimate in high quality audiophile DACs. But I do want something that sounds significantly better than my laptop's audio out, because I can hear a noticeable difference with my Grados between the laptop out and the headphone out from my Denon DCD-860 CD player (in use w/ a different stereo system). I'm not sure if I need the DAC to be a headphone amp as well -- I figure I can just plug the Grados into the headphone out of the integrated amp, no?

Here are the five options I see:

1. MUSE DA10 PCM2704 MINI USB DAC Digital Decoder Headphone Amplifier+ Adaptor for $40 on ebay (free ship)

2. MUSE Mini 24Bit 192Khz Coaxial Optical USB Input DAC Headphone Out,Silver for $50 on ebay (free ship) -- this is the one w/ the CS4344 DAC processor /CS8416 Digital receiver / CM108AH USB receiver

3. Silver MUSE DA20 PCM2706 MINI USB DAC Decoder Headphone Amplifier+ Power Adaptor for $56 on ebay (free ship)

4. FiiO E10 USB DAC Headphone Amplifier for $65 on Amazon (free ship w/ prime)

5. ultra cheap option: Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Go! Pro USB Audio System with THX SB1290 for $30 on Amazon (free ship w/ prime) -- just headphone out, but if it sounds good, it sounds good, right?

EDIT: one last hybrid option: Audio DIR9001+ 4X TDA1543 parallel connection NOS DAC S for $57 shipped on ebay, plus some cheap USB-->digital out option?

I've had the damndest time trying to find any reviews or opinions on the various Muse products. I'm wondering whether anyone knows whether they would sound better than the FiiO E10?

Thanks very much for bearing with me on this long post, and for any advice you can give me!

magreen 27th September 2012 03:18 AM

Nobody?

syklab 27th September 2012 03:48 AM

This should be a nice USB DAC with line out for less than 50$US. You could go wrong with the ES9023.

http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/digit...6-usb-dac.html

magreen 27th September 2012 03:58 AM

Thanks ! Looking at that thread now.

magreen 27th September 2012 04:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by syklab (Post 3180690)
This should be a nice USB DAC with line out for less than 50$US. You could go wrong with the ES9023.

http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/digit...6-usb-dac.html

After reading that thread, I'm very tempted to buy that HifiMeDiy right now. Thanks! Seems like the best option in this price range (and perhaps higher price ranges, too). Anyone else want to chime in before I pull the trigger?

syklab 27th September 2012 05:42 AM

Oh sorry, typo , it should be
"You couldn't go wrong with the ES9023."

magreen 27th September 2012 01:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by syklab (Post 3180741)
Oh sorry, typo , it should be
"You couldn't go wrong with the ES9023."

I figured. ;)

At this point, it looks like the only other option to consider is the Stoner Acoustics UD100 mentioned towards the end of that thread. But as that one is harder to order and you have to make a case yourself (and costs a few $ more), this is probably the better option for me, it seems.

Pemo 27th September 2012 02:06 PM

Hi, try this:
TE7022 WM8741 24Bit/96Khz USB DAC Decoder Digital To Analog Converter RCA output | eBay

and this:
TE7022 WM8761 24Bit/96Khz USB DAC Decoder RCA Coaxial Out + USB line | eBay

and this:
MINI PCM2704 HI-FI USB DAC SOUND CARD BOARD hi-fi? ELNA Capacitance for it? | eBay

and this:
XD- MINI PCM2704 HI-FI USB DAC SOUND CARD BOARD MODULE | eBay

and this:
MINI PCM2704 HI-FI USB DAC SOUND CARD BOARD S/PDIF OUT \ Low Jitter TCXO for it | eBay

This is the one I like most.

RGDS

magreen 27th September 2012 03:18 PM

Thanks very much for the helpful suggestions. Hmmm, this clouds things a bit for me -- it's not clear to me which I should go with.

Do you think these options provide better sound than the Hifimediy recommended above? I do see that they cost less, for the most part. Though I saw people in the Hifimediy thread linked above saying it (the Hifimediy) blows away the various 2704 DACs on the market ("Definately a HUGE step up from cheap PCM 2704-based $ 20 USB DACS that flood the market."). Do you have an opinion one way or the other?

Thanks very much for your contribution to my knowledge of this!

syklab 27th September 2012 05:28 PM

Hi,
The links below is related to 2 group buy (the original V2.6 was closed already, a V3.0 GB is going on right now) on the ES9023 DAC if you are into DIY.

http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/group...group-buy.html

http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/group...-interest.html


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