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Old 25th November 2010, 11:12 PM   #1
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I am in the Market for a DAC. A kit would be handy as my expertise on DAC architecture is limited. So far Audio Note and Lampizator have caught my eye. I have thus far relied on a Marantz CD52se but time to step up and get my digital set up on a parallel to my vinyl. Is digital the new black? Views and recommendations appreciated
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Old 25th November 2010, 11:29 PM   #2
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I liked the Lampizator (with transformer output) so much that I started building them for people to buy. If you don't want to build anything, check it out.

Lampucera-Mod Complete DAC CS4397 CS4398 24/96 OS-CON - eBay (item 190450775270 end time Nov-28-10 18:35:06 PST)
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Old 26th November 2010, 12:24 AM   #3
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I don't 'play in the high-priced end of the pool' (e.g AudioNote) but I have several (good-sounding) cheaper DACs.
There are lots of pretty good DAC 'kits' on eBay - check out Gigawork among others. (Gigawork 'BigDAC' has up sampling and USB input, comes ready to put in a case.)
If you like flashing LEDs and want to play with balanced outputs, the Behringer SRC2496 sounds good and can be had used for not much $$. Lots of reviews online. Not a kit, though....

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Old 27th November 2010, 07:35 PM   #4
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You could try the Audiosector dac. Peter Daniel who designed it is a forum member and he sells it in kit form or ready made in a number of configurations. It is a nos dac which will give you that close to vinyl sound, much better than an upsampling one imop.
Had mine ready made. It uses Blackgates/Rubycons and i have read Blackgates take quite a while to burn in (if you believe in it). Bass from this is impressive.
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Old 27th November 2010, 08:22 PM   #5
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Struggling to find details of peters kits. Have you got a link or is it just buried in forums?
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Old 27th November 2010, 08:50 PM   #6
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Struggling to find details of peters kits. Have you got a link or is it just buried in forums?
Peter's website doesn't look like it's been updated recently, but might be worth a try:
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Old 27th November 2010, 09:50 PM   #7
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And look here:

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Although an email to Peter should get the info you need.
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Old 28th November 2010, 12:10 PM   #8
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DIY Chip Amplifier Kits, PCB's, Components and Information. is the web site, although not much about the dac. You could have a look at Audio Zone High End Components which is a commercial product with a case but the same dac.
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Old 29th November 2010, 04:58 PM   #9
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I emailed Peter and include info here for everyones reference:

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