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Old 12th June 2019, 06:10 AM   #1
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Default Recommendation for a decent DAC.

Can I get a decent DAC for around $200? Maybe a kit? I have a Mini-Muse DAC that I've been using for years now that I come to think about it. It's connected to my desktop computer and a vintage Kenwood amplifier it sounds great but I'm thinking I could do better seeing as DACs would have been improving over the years since I've had the MiniMuse. I don't have any SMD equipment so any kit would have to have the chips, etc, pre-soldered Any suggestions, ideas welcome.
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Old 12th June 2019, 06:34 AM   #2
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Is the Mini-Muse DAC a design using TDA1543? If so then a suggestion in a similar vein would be a DAC using TDA1387 like my PhiDAC. Its using SMD but doesn't need specialist equipment to solder - could be that Matt Garman has a kit left : lingDAC - cost effective RBCD multibit DAC design
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Old 12th June 2019, 07:44 AM   #3
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Is the Mini-Muse DAC a design using TDA1543? If so then a suggestion in a similar vein would be a DAC using TDA1387 like my PhiDAC. Its using SMD but doesn't need specialist equipment to solder - could be that Matt Garman has a kit left : lingDAC - cost effective RBCD multibit DAC design
Sorry mate I sent a PM to you instead of the other bloke Matt Garman! My old brain must be worn out a bit. lol
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Old 12th June 2019, 07:51 AM   #4
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I've not received a PM from you so are you sure your fingers did what your brain asked them to?
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Old 12th June 2019, 08:17 AM   #5
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I've not received a PM from you so are you sure your fingers did what your brain asked them to?
I Know you think you understand what you thought I said. lol I have no idea where it went then? Another one of life's mysteries? Maybe a glitch in the Matrix?
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Old 12th June 2019, 08:21 AM   #6
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Go to this site MANY reviews there take your pick, from DIY to expensive players.
Digital Audio (DACs, Streamers, Servers, Players) | Audio Science Review (ASR) Forum

GO look at DAC comparisons, lots to examine and study.
Digital Audio (DACs, Streamers, Servers, Players) | Audio Science Review (ASR) Forum

Some very cheap still sounds very good and some expensive units do not disappoint, take your pick.
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Old 13th June 2019, 06:10 AM   #7
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Go to this site MANY reviews there take your pick, from DIY to expensive players.
Digital Audio (DACs, Streamers, Servers, Players) | Audio Science Review (ASR) Forum

GO look at DAC comparisons, lots to examine and study.
Digital Audio (DACs, Streamers, Servers, Players) | Audio Science Review (ASR) Forum

Some very cheap still sounds very good and some expensive units do not disappoint, take your pick.
Thanks mate! This is great stuff, just what I need.
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Old 13th June 2019, 07:04 AM   #8
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Hi I bought a 2nd hand Parasound ZDac for around that money. It's a little noisy from the cheap power supply, but sounds very good. Also the H/Phone out is very good, which is a bonus.

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Hi I bought a 2nd hand Parasound ZDac for around that money. It's a little noisy from the cheap power supply, but sounds very good. Also the H/Phone out is very good, which is a bonus.

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It helps to get opinions from people that have actually used these DACs. Thanks mate!
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I have 4 DACs, all under $200.

First is the iFi Nano iDSD, the most expensive at $199. I find it a little finicky in operation but it sounds just fine. It is USB only.

#2 is the Audioquest Dragonfly Black, also USB only, for $99. This is meant as a thumb drive style DAC for portable use. I used it in my main system for a while connected via a long USB cable and use it daily with my iPhone on the subway. I get MQA hi-res underground where you couldn't get anything beyond MP3 before.

Third up is my Hifiberry DAC+Pro. This is a Raspberry Pi HAT that will only work that way. No USB input, except I believe via the Pi itself. I use it though as a UPnP endpoint running Volumio being fed from my iMac running Audirvana over wifi, and it is hooked up to my kitchen setup. It is surprisingly good with my cheap Sony HT receiver and B&W DM303 speakers. It really upped the quality of the sound in that system.

Lastly is the one I now use in my main system, an Allo Boss RPi HAT. I power this with a battery pack that is always charging when off and totally disconnected from power when on. This one is far and away my favorite of the bunch, rendering music that actually sounds like music, big bass, smooth mids and airy highs. I recently built a silver interconnect for it and it really opened up. While I haven't heard this in comparison to a high-end DAC, I'm sure it wouldn't embarrass itself, maybe the other way around. This is also running Volumio and used in the same way as the Hifiberry.

The only other separate DAC I've owned has been a Monica tube DAC that I bought here on the forum, and then sold a few years later. It was nice, but it has certainly been surpassed all around by the more modern DACs. I'm not a big fan of the NOS sound.

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