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Old 29th November 2009, 09:25 PM   #1
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Default DAC 2.1, balanced out

I'm searching for a good sounding DAC for my mediacenter pc that outputs 2.1 channels and where the outputs are balanced.

I do not mind if it is a diy.

It must be supported by Linux (ALSA).

I guess USB is the "natural" interface here, but others will be concidered as well.

I appriciate any suggestions. Thanks!
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Old 30th November 2009, 01:00 PM   #2
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I'm searching for a good sounding DAC for my mediacenter pc that outputs 2.1 channels and where the outputs are balanced.

I do not mind if it is a diy.

It must be supported by Linux (ALSA).

I guess USB is the "natural" interface here, but others will be concidered as well.

I appriciate any suggestions. Thanks!
To be a bit more specific regarding the 2.1 requirement: What I'm looking for is a setup for a 2.1 system. It does not have to be a 2.1 DAC. However, I'm not sure what my choices regarding a 2.1 setup actually are.. Btw, 2+2 setup (2 woofers) is also an alternative.
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Old 30th November 2009, 07:35 PM   #3
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You may have to DIY, you could mod a normal DAC to have an op-amp based XO to convert 2.0 into 2.1
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Old 1st December 2009, 06:05 AM   #4
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You may have to DIY, you could mod a normal DAC to have an op-amp based XO to convert 2.0 into 2.1
Any suggestions for a "normal" balanced diy DAC?
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Old 1st December 2009, 08:48 AM   #5
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Any suggestions for a "normal" balanced diy DAC?
Actually, a Behringer DCX2496 will do exactly what you want, bar USB input...
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Old 1st December 2009, 11:31 AM   #6
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Actually, a Behringer DCX2496 will do exactly what you want, bar USB input...
Thanks, but I'm looking for a Monica diy like USB DAC that has balanced outputs.
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Old 8th December 2009, 08:08 PM   #7
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How about the "good old" diydac project by Lars Nielsen http://www.diyhifi.dk/DA_A1.pdf and some more documents Index of /.
I built one and am very happy with it, connected to my mediapc by SPDIF. It has balanced outputs, reasonable to build. I think there is a company in DK still selling PCBs.

All you need is a soundcard that is capable of outputting 44.1khz (or whatever you are using) without nasty resampling (lots of USB ones available cheap), and possibly an optical-to-coax converter (you can DIY that too).

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Old 11th December 2009, 11:48 AM   #8
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Thanks for replays, but it seems that I'm landing Twisted pair's stuff:
Opus - A Balanced DAC
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