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Old 16th November 2006, 05:56 AM   #1
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Default Cheapest USB DAC kit?

I was curious as to what offers the best bang for the buck in terms of USB audio.

A few that met the "I can afford it" criterion:

1. The AW-D3 from audioworkshop.
http://www.audioworkshop.com.hk/index_en.htm

At 70$, it's the cheapest around. However, I've heard it's had some problems.

2. Scott Nixon DACkit.
http://www.scott-nixon.com/dac.htm

130$ is not cheap! However, it's nice and small - and portability is a plus.

3. AudioDIYlab "201" DAC

85$ puts it in nearly the same category as the AW-D3 for price. However, the PCM2702 is just plain not as good.

4. HPDAC

The cheapest of the lot, and the biggest pain in the **** to build. I'd likely screw it up.

5. PCM270x kit/DIY

I'd like to try one of these, but I've yet to see one cheap!

Thoughts, anyone?
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