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Old 13th May 2017, 04:46 PM   #1
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Arrow Beginner DIY dac recommendation

Hi im new in the DIY community and i want to try putting a dac together. I have not tried soldering on a pcb but i would like to try. Can you recommend a kit my budget is 100 usd. The kit should include pcb, components and it shall work with 230 volt. It would be nice if a case was included.
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Old 13th May 2017, 11:28 PM   #2
ttan98 is offline ttan98  Australia
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Recently I built 2 DACs one based on EX9028Pro and the other on AK4490 dual chip set. I think the former is slightly above your budget whereas the latter is within your budget. You can get this DAC board from here:

On top of that you to buy these parts:
1. Transformers, you maybe able to buy it from this supplier as well
2. A Case to house it
I assume you can put the parts together and make them to work, if not ask a friend, it's not that hard.

To improve the sound:
1. Change the output opamp, if you decide to purchase this board I will tell you which Opamp to buy.
2. Use twin transformers instead of single one(Optional)

Hope this helps. The sound I get is really quite good for the price you pay, I have built many DACs before this is one of the better ones and very good value for money.
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Old 14th May 2017, 06:36 PM   #3
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Thank you for the recommendation and the advice. I think about and if i decide to buy it i tell you.
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Old 14th May 2017, 06:40 PM   #4
AlexQS is online now AlexQS  United States
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About 5 years ago I had never soldered on a pcb. Before my first amp project, I bought a $3 pcb that included some resistors, LEDs and a few simple things to solder. It was good to practice on something cheap like that.

Since then I've upgraded my solder iron, and I've built 6 channels worth of amplifiers and preamps too. I'm thinking about soldering my first DAC soon. I have no experience soldering SMD components, but a lot of them have that part done, and the end user has only through-hole parts to solder. It's fun!
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Old 14th May 2017, 06:46 PM   #5
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Thank you for your reply that sounds like a good idea i think i try that before starting soldering the dac
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