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Little Dot USB DAC 1 or FOOBAR II USB DAC?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I'm looking to get a dedicated USB DAC since all my music I listen to is from my computer and online streaming - so need some help making a decision.
I use my modded HD 580's , Grado/Allesandro cans and an Ultrasone Proline 650 depending on the music genre and my mood.
I just finished dropping $429.00 for the Grado HF-2, over $300.00 for the LD MK III Headphone Amp and other purchases on Head-Fi in past few months (what a wallet emptying site).
Money is getting tight - however, accomodations can be made if necessitated.
SO... do I go for thr Audiophile FUBAR II USB DAC at $147.00 or double my cost with the exciting new Little Dot DAC 1 at $300.00.
Any help would be appreciated.
post #2 of 15
Definitely double your costs and go for something you won't regret. Little Dot Dac 1.
post #3 of 15
Though the number of reviews on the LD DAC are few and far between, it does use the WM8740, while the Fubar uses the PCM2702. Assuming, in this price range, similar output stages, and assuming you can spare the extra $150, it seems like the LD is the way to go!
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What is the most important piece of equipment in the audio chain?
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by olblueyez View Post
What is the most important piece of equipment in the audio chain?
my ears?
wait, no! my wallet, definitely my wallet!!
post #6 of 15
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What is the most important piece of equipment in the audio chain?
Aural bliss..
post #7 of 15
First place is your source
Second place your wallet
Third is your ears
Honorable mention is Aural Bliss
post #8 of 15
If $300 is your budget, this one should be your top choice.


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If $300 is your budget, this one should be your top choice.


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post #10 of 15
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What does this 14 year old Parasound DAC have to make it preferable to the newer LD DAC 1 ?
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What does this 14 year old Parasound DAC have to make it preferable to the newer LD DAC 1 ?
If it has to be new to make you happy then what difference does it make?
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks 'oleblueyez' for the sound, thoughtful and intellectual response - you've really been helpful!
post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by El_Doug View Post
Though the number of reviews on the LD DAC are few and far between, it does use the WM8740, while the Fubar uses the PCM2702. Assuming, in this price range, similar output stages, and assuming you can spare the extra $150, it seems like the LD is the way to go!
Thanks El Doug - it's nice to get meaningful and helpful responses to questions posed here on Head-Fi as opposed to semantics and head games from other members, who are unwilling to share their expertise and knowledge, preferring to flame and belittle junior head-fiers who are simply seeking answers to audiophile questions.
post #14 of 15

My order was updated to "Shipped out" status this morning. Hopefully I can received the player tomorrow as it is a local order which was mailed out directly in the post office.

post #15 of 15

Having balanced outputs, does the Little Dot use TWO WM8740's??

That would be twice as better

 

The best things about the Fubar II are the rollable opamps, and the optional Supplier PS that you can add later.


Edited by grokit - 6/10/10 at 12:35am
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