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So many DAC projects - which to choose for 2014?
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Old 23rd December 2013, 10:36 AM   #1
andyjevans is offline andyjevans  United Kingdom
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Default So many DAC projects - which to choose for 2014?

A call for help from those of us who have been trying to follow all the different DAC builds and have got lost somewhere between posts 130 and 256, i.e. where we get down to details rather than the big picture.

Situation - want a new DAC for 2014 which is better than current HiFiMe ES9023 with battery supply. Should be a ready built board. It will need USB integrated or add-on to connect to a Mac. Building a case and PSU not a problem.

Which project to go for? What is YOUR personal choice of a DAC for 2014? A seriously better quality DAC?

I'd like to know your personal choices - what would you choose out of all the current crop of projects? Could be something off ebay or a supplier like Twisted Pair or a DIY group project. And some idea of why it's a good one would be really useful too.
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Old 23rd December 2013, 11:06 AM   #2
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if you want musicality warm and listening friendly ,then i will vote for Doede pcm1794 nos dac ,i have had other pcm1704 and 1794 diy dac ,,who sound quite different,,,but i will prefer Doedes
maybe a question off taste,,,
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Old 23rd December 2013, 01:11 PM   #3
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I plan to release a variant of my "Ozone' DAC into the wild some time in 2014, too early to say when.

Some of the (rather quirky) features -

Multibit chips in differential mode, no oversampling 44/16 only but with droop correction for flatter HF response
LC passive filter for improved dynamics and reduction of out-of-band energy
On board DC controlled volume - can be remoted.
S/PDIF input only - undecided if RCA or Toslink yet.
Low power requirement - single 6.5V, around 300mA maximum so can run from USB bus power with off-board boost module.
Output can drive low impedance headphones direct

I'm aiming for it be fairly cheap but as I'm only designing it I won't be setting the price just the BOM

Comments, feature suggestions welcome.
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Old 23rd December 2013, 01:13 PM   #4
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I would say - the best :-)

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Old 15th January 2015, 05:48 AM   #5
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I would recommend Doede's dac as well. I am running it through cinemag opt's to avoid output cap and the sound is very DHT.
Open, lush, detailed, airy, analogue.
Amazing price / performance ratio.
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Old 18th January 2015, 07:21 PM   #6
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Soekris dac.
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Old 21st January 2015, 06:05 PM   #7
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We have very good alternatives today like :

-Soekris R2R
-Audial AYA II 2014 for the TDA1541 (bare pcb with manual assembly and dedicated thread on Audial web site) : second batch launched the 7 january 2015 !
-Distinction-1541 : member Ryanj launched a second batch as well (TDA1541 as well).

from the simple to the most difficult : first is almost plug&play, the second have a BOM and a manual assembly : simple and good sound from a reputable company which made a favor to the DIY comunauty. The last was the work of some people to have a bare pcb for the dac chip TDA1541 without input & output stage but conectors (and is also I2S or simultaned mode ready). The last is without BOM for the people very involved by the TDA1541 and all the good work shared by greats diyers like Thorsten, Pedja, John, but not maid under control of them. For the Sota, jump with the off shelves ones of Pedja from Audial above, or one of AMR with Thorsten or one of ECDESIGNS from John... not DIY anymore.

The first R2R one have not been listened to yet.
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