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Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista 21 DAC

Fantastic sounding DAC - great choice for CD and streamed music

davehg

Pros: Warm rich tone, great soundstage, musical purity

Cons: Lacks USB inputs, no balanced outs, no DSD support

The Tri-Vista 21 was a limited edition DAC sold in late 2004, early 2005. It was massively overbuilt - great power supply and output stage, and ran extremely long life 5703 milspec tubes, which are good for 100,000 hours. The unit is hefty, 20 lbs, and it has toslink and SPDIF inputs, and RCA outputs. The power supply is heavily regulated and has great chokes - Musical Fidelity built this unit...
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Pristine clarity and lot of micro-details from the first ever dual-amplifier/balanced USB-powered portable DAC
Pristine clarity and lot of micro-details from the first ever dual-amplifier/balanced...

Roland Mobile UA UA-M10 USB Audio Interface

Pros: Neutral and powerful sound from a USB-powered DAC with the ability of natively driving 2 headphones at once

Cons: 2 V RMS for Line-Out would be very nice to have it. I'm not sure I fully understand the upsampled noise when 1-bit is ON. 10-ohms output impedance.

Great reference Dac/ headphone amp
Great reference Dac/ headphone amp

Benchmark DAC2 HGC

Pros: studio like sound, great build, nice remote

Cons: Usb can be finicky

Afordable Hi-End blueray.
Afordable Hi-End blueray.

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Schiit Audio Bifrost DAC

Schiit Audio Bifrost DAC

“This is my non review of the Multibit upgrade to the Bifrost ('Bimby'), in which I don’t try and describe to you how it sounds. I think reviewing audio equipment must be like trying to describe sex with smoke signals. Unless you actually experience it for yourself, it’s just a bunch of pointless puffing. Instead I’ll tell you how it feels, which is brilliant.   Listening to Bimby I can’t...” --Padgett

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Schiit Gungnir

Schiit Gungnir

“Much has already been written about the Schiit Gungnir Multibit (Gumby), so I'm not going to reinvent the wheel here. Rather, I'll briefly discuss my interpretations on various questions, opinions, and disputes that are central to people's decisions regarding buying this DAC.   My evaluation system   Source: iPod Classic ---> Apple lossless ---> Pure i20 dock ---> optical...” --hodgjy

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Yulong Sabre D18

Yulong Sabre D18

“I had an entry level Arcam rPac and was impressed with how it made my music listenable again ;-) Needless to say within the month I was looking at the next level of performance but set a $1000 threshold for my next Dac. From what I could tell, coax S/PDIF & Balanced outputs delivered the best sound in most setups. I researched similar Dacs for several months and...” --JohnsTO

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Meridian Explorer

Meridian Explorer

“Absolutely killer product at the price   I originally got into the audiophile game about 5 months ago when I bought a pair of Thinksound On1 headphones at an extremely good price. I was floored by these woodies and the sound that I was able to get from them, even through my phone, but I felt that my PC audio was an absolute let down as it always felt like it was much flatter and less...” --biggysmalls

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Schiit Modi

Schiit Modi

“This isn't a review so much as throwing my throwing 2cents into the "great little DAC for the price!" pot. I think if I was starting out and I needed gear, this with the magni, or the Asgard, would be my first choice.   I use this at work with the PSY RCA/USB cables. They are plugged into a Schiit Lyr with some nice Russian tubes. I usually this setup with the HD650, sometimes the...” --SursumCorda

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Hifimediy Sabre USB DAC

Hifimediy Sabre USB DAC

“This DAC was good enough for me to buy twice.  90% of the sound quality of a odac for cheap.  Buy it from the oregon warehouse website if you're impatient, shipping from china is slow.  New savitech usb receiver version adds support for 88.2khz and an ASIO driver which is a nice option instead of wasapi.  Haven't heard the asynchronous version but it can only be even...” --uncola

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JDS Labs ODAC

JDS Labs ODAC

“ Intro:  JDS Labs, Is an American company based in Collinsville, Illinois. They make headphone amplifiers & DAC’s. Mr. John Seaber is the man behind JDS Labs.  We might remember JDS Labs when they produced the popular cmoy-BB amp & later on, their Objective2 which was a game-changing amplifier. JDS Labs has also manufactures their own products: C5/D Portable amplifier/DAC,...” --YoYo JoKeR

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Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1 Plus DAC

Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1 Plus DAC

“ I bought my Maverick TubeMagic D1 about 8 months ago and use it everyday at work. Its on about 6 hours a day and I have had zero issues with it. Its a very well built unit and sounds great when paired with my ATM50's and Foobar on my PC.   I had the factory upgrade the OpAmps with OP A627's for 30 bucks and the sound is very warm and pleasing for good old rock and roll, hip hop, and...” --presb4

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iFi Nano iDSD

iFi Nano iDSD

“[Impression] iFi nano iDSD and iCAN with a splash of iPurifer iFi Audio has gained a great success over its Micro line of small sized desktop gears, and now it is pushing into the portable world with the Nano series. The nano iDSD is USB DAC that not only works with PC, but also has OTG support for the iDevice with OS7 (via camera connection kit / CCK) and Android that have USB Audio Class...” --ClieOS

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AudioQuest DragonFly Red

AudioQuest DragonFly Red

“ Disclaimer: I am no way associated with Audioquest, I bought the Dragonfly RED with my own money and this review reflect my honest opinion after 1 month of daily usage. I am more an audio enthusiast than an audiophile, so take this in consideration. Plus, English is not my native language and to write this review (my first one) took time and patience. Happy Reading!!!    ...” --crazywipe

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