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Old 26th December 2001, 06:36 PM   #1
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Question Dac

Can anyone tell me what DIY dac is the best at the moment? AND some info on the chips ? 1702/1704 etc etc..

I want to build a DAC with no compromises, only on budget ;-)

Thanks in advance
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Old 26th December 2001, 07:59 PM   #2
Freddie is offline Freddie  Sweden
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You can find info about the 1702, 1704 DAC and other Burr-Brown DACs here:

Crystal makes som nice DACs.

And Analog Devices too.

There are many DAC projects available too...
For example Sheldon Stokes Tube Dac, CS4229 DAC.....

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Old 27th December 2001, 01:38 AM   #3
Dave is offline Dave  New Zealand
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Here is mine if you're interested -

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Old 28th December 2001, 10:11 AM   #4
hifiZen is offline hifiZen  Canada
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Hmm... for a budget (but still top-quality) DAC, I'd choose the CS4396 or CS43122. These chips are very well liked as some of the best audiophile DACs, and will be significantly cheaper to build with than the PCM1702/1704 chips. There is only a very small difference in performance between the '96 and the '122, and they're directly pin compatible. If budget is not really an issue then the 1702 or 1704 is probably the way to go. The AD DACs are probably ok, though i have very limited experience with them, so i tend to lean towards the Crystal Semi parts, which I feel are a more mature product in terms of the underlying technology. Your mileage may vary...
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