Originally Posted by JamesL
I don't know how you'd price these, but there are many DIY offerings available as well. The Buffalo(ESS ES9008) and Opus(wm8741) DAC for instance are very popular.
I'd keep an eye out on the y1 and bantam dac which are also two more DIY's that are close to being released.
I don't think it's fair to list the 'kit' price for any of the DIY dacs though. It's like saying a B22 is worth $300-400, and a mini3 is only worth $60.
Sorry, but i don´t see your problem about the price.
First, you could only buy
these DAC-Board´s assemled
for the price i wrote!
If you want, you could also buy their PS, USB-In Module, Cases, Digital-Input Modul ect. (also assebled) for extra money. So that´s quite normal on this planet
BTW, i don´t wrote that these are the only DIY-DACs on the market, but IMO these are on the TOP-End.
It´s YOUR decision what you need and what you not need. There are a lot of people, who want to upgrade there existing CD-Player with a new "High-End" DAC and could install for example only the DAC-Board in there existing CD-Player Case, with no need to buy anything else.
It´s a real Module-Design, witch IMO is realy great. So nobody needs to buy something, what he don´t need.
If you are interested in a DAC from HiFiWERKSTATT hoer-wege
with a Case, PS ect., it up to you to calculate the complete price.