Go Back   Home > Forums > >
Home Forums Rules Articles diyAudio Store Blogs Gallery Wiki Register Donations FAQ Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Digital Line Level DACs, Digital Crossovers, Equalizers, etc.

Best small DAC board <50$, S/PDIF in -> analog out?
Best small DAC board <50$, S/PDIF in -> analog out?
Please consider donating to help us continue to serve you.

Ads on/off / Custom Title / More PMs / More album space / Advanced printing & mass image saving
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 8th October 2019, 08:09 PM   #1
Dacit is offline Dacit  Germany
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2019
Default Best small DAC board <50$, S/PDIF in -> analog out?

Hi everyone,


I'm looking for a small DAC board for under 50$ as a S/PDIF optical input for my DIY amp, feeding it with a 12V line. There seem to be lots of chips on the market that should be able to deliver very good sound (even though audiophiles might frown upon them), es9038q2m seems to be a top contender.
I would think that it's more about the implementation though, especially clean power to the chip seems crucial.
So do you have any experience with boards that might satisfy my requirements? Here are a few boards:

bare minimum CS8416+CS4414 (I don't expect this one to sound good)
better power supply CS8416+CS4398
smallest es938q2m I found


Any suggestions, especially if you have tried out a board in this category?


Thanks in advance!
  Reply With Quote
Old 8th October 2019, 11:26 PM   #2
sajunky is offline sajunky  South Africa
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2019
Location: Johannesburg
Based on my experience with Topping D30 ($120) and Nobsound TDA1387 x8 DAC ($42) Nobsound Mini HiFi Sound Card DAC TDA1387 USB 8X Audio Decoding Headphone Amplifier DTS/AC3 Coaxial Optical Digital Output-in Headphone Amplifier from Consumer Electronics on Aliexpress.com | Alibaba Group I do prefer the later one. This one is very musical, it reproduces properly complex harmonics of acousting instruments. It reminds me that "guitar gently weeps". Topping do not, but if you listen to the typical "loudness war" music, Topping should serve you better as output is cleaner and bass is stronger.

Topping use CS8416+CS4398, that matches your selection, except the price. Nobsound is not for you, as optical are outputs (not inputs), but here is another one with optical inputs: L1387DAC 8X Eight Parallel TDA1387 Hifi Decoder Ask TDA1541 Power Work!

Follow this thread to find out how to improve sound of this DAC. You are posting on the DIY forum after all... TDA1387 x8 DAC: let's check its design, mod it -or not-, play music -or not! -

Last edited by sajunky; 8th October 2019 at 11:28 PM.
  Reply With Quote
Old 9th October 2019, 08:45 PM   #3
Dacit is offline Dacit  Germany
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2019
Thanks a lot! However, these boards are still quite large - Ideally, I'm looking for something smaller.
  Reply With Quote
Old 9th October 2019, 10:01 PM   #4
Dacit is offline Dacit  Germany
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2019
It seems that for small baords, the best chip is the the ES9018K2M. The DAC I've seen recommended most is the Hifime SPDIF Optical DAC.



Does someone have experience with it? I've seen one thread where someone was thinking about modding it but stuck with an ES9038Q2M instead.
  Reply With Quote
Old 11th October 2019, 05:23 AM   #5
chermann is offline chermann  Austria
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Vienna
Hi

after modification very good
CM6631A + ES9023 cheap board - modification...?

chris
  Reply With Quote
Old 11th October 2019, 09:34 PM   #6
Dacit is offline Dacit  Germany
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2019
Hi, thanks for the suggestion, might try this!
  Reply With Quote

Reply


Best small DAC board &lt;50$, S/PDIF in -&gt; analog out?Hide this!Advertise here!
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Analog solution for E-MU 1212m without its analog board ceteras Digital Line Level 0 14th July 2013 10:14 AM
DIY S/PDIF to 6-channel analog toadzky Digital Line Level 7 28th May 2011 04:28 AM
S/PDIF to 8 channel analog carmangary Digital Source 15 27th April 2007 12:50 PM
Simple analog to s/pdif circuit needed for lab experiment. djsbriscoe Digital Source 3 13th November 2006 06:23 AM
S/PDIF to analog converter Limhes Digital Source 4 29th April 2005 01:55 AM


New To Site? Need Help?

All times are GMT. The time now is 09:53 PM.


Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Resources saved on this page: MySQL 15.79%
vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright ©1999-2019 diyAudio
Wiki