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Old 1st January 2009, 08:06 PM   #1
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Question Building a DAC

Hello

I've built a few modular synths, headphone amps, and other relatively easy stuff over the past year, and now I'm feeling ambitious enough to build a D/A converter.

I have a very minimal amount of knowledge of how they work (in detail), but plenty of knowledge of their function (and digital audio in general).

I'll need s/pdif input, up to 24/96 conversion, and a headphone amp. I'll be using the s/pdif out of a Presonus Firebox with Live and Logic.

So, with soldering experience, lots of time, and a couple hundred bucks, where do I start?
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Old 1st January 2009, 08:34 PM   #2
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My latest project - DAC + headphone amp
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Old 2nd January 2009, 11:59 PM   #3
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I think that might be too elaborate for a first DAC project..

I was thinking something more like this:
http://sound.westhost.com/project85.htm

What do you think?
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Old 3rd January 2009, 04:50 PM   #4
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Assuming you can get the parts, that is as good a place as any to start but for something more recent and a little more complex try these.

Ezdac threads:
My first DAC attempt...PCB help needed
EZDAC is singing now!!!

Microdac thread:
Micro DIR9001 + PCM1794A DAC
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Old 22nd January 2011, 12:46 PM   #5
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The EZDAC is surprisingly easy to build (once you perfect your SMD skills, that is)

OK, the EZDAC is conceptually very easy to build....the execution requires patience, a steady hand, a very fine soldering iron tip, and a temperature controlled iron.

But hey, I built one, and that's saying something.
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