So a pre-built Bottlehead Crack with the Speedball Upgrade from a fellow head-fier is on its way. All I need now is a decent DAC. I got my T1's for £500 so there's no way that I'm going to spend more on a DAC than the headphones - it just seems wrong to me.
Schiit Bifrost seems to be ideal but it's £449 - £519 in the U.K, depending on whether you select the Uber model or not. I estimate it costing around £375-400 from Schiit (Non-uber model), including shipping and customs, but I'm still not looking to spend that much.
Can anyone recommend a good DAC that is £250 or under?
Has anyone used the E-DAC 24 bit Miniature USB DAC from Epiphany Acoustics? http://epiphany-acoustics.co.uk/products-page/dacs/e-dac-24bit-miniature-usb-dac/
What about the Schiit Modi or Musical Fidelity V-90?
I only listen to music through my laptop.
Hi see if you can get a demo or loan of a Marantz 7004 network player, it can be used as a stand alone dac, has multiple inputs etc. The dac section is reportedly the same as in Marantz's reference Pearl model cd player which cost £2500 when it came out a few years ago.
I am using one as a stand alone dac with my own Crack and T1's and find it to be refined, detailed and a all round very capable performer. I have no plans to change it and am even contemplating picking up another one for a different system. They come up quiet regularly used on ebay for around £200. It also will do airplay which is great for streaming lossless from iphone, ipad. The early reported bugs look to have been fixed now via firmware updates, I certainly have had no issues with mine and think its a neat bit of kit for not a lot of money.