Originally Posted by majkel
I rather realized "bad Stanley" syndrome and thoughtless efforts to prevent people from acquiring a cheap and good DAC with nice features. The competition is lacking USB, headphone out, second line out or... all of them.
the phones out is a cmoy (it seems. no?). so I ignore that. any DIY design will walk all over this. a cheap pimeta (not to imply its cheap!) will be tons better and will have a proven design.
I'm not convinced the usb conversion is anything special that another pcm27xx chip can't also do. some people see magic when its 'velcro integrated' (as this one is, pretty much a modified baseboard with a daughter card riser on top as a media converter, essentially). this can be accomplished via any usb/spdif converter, such as the turtle beach micro, in the $30 range (it offers analog and opto-out and uses a cmedia chip which works as well as any of them). you can find the BB pcm chip versions also for $50 range and they are also in DIY land as well, of course.
this unit does not even have a wireless IR remote, and so its not even feature rich.
the lack of attention to detail on the power supply design (where are the multiple regs? I don't see them) also means this was a budget dac.
again, for $105, its fine. hard to complain about a utilitarian dac for a c-note.
but to buy from this guy who claims he makes them, then doubles the price and spams forums, that's just absurd.
it might fly on other forums, but around here he's banned and for MANY good reasons. I'm just listing some tech deficiencies that I can see right offhand, even with blurry photos.
I don't have to listen. I'm not spending a dime on this guy's (quote and unquote) junk. stuff I build (a non-pro builder with far less resources than a real company would have) is tons better and that should just NOT be, for a commercial company. supposedly a commercial company.
he doesn't even use ground-planing on the boards. sheesh. gimme a break, I know you know this stuff magical-guy
I can't see why you'd want to defend this POS.