I've recently been looking for an amp and dac to add to be setups. I always am looking for bang for your buck (many purchases based on Dsnuts' raves, thanks btw!!) and I figured this would be a great place to ask.
From looking through this thread the two best/cheap dacs I found were the Ele and the hifimediy Sabre. Am I correct in thinking these are the best sub $50 dacs that've discovered?
I wasn't able to find any cheap amps looking through the thread.
I have one of these cmoys on its way to my house: http://www.ebay.com/itm/200940914746?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649
Is there a cheaper/better option I should consider?
I'll also be using these through my Macbook Pro or Iphone 4 so would either of those dacs actually increase SQ significantly?
Thanks a bunch!
It seems to me your looking for an all in one unit. You got 2 choices. This used Fiio E17. For the cost is a crazy deal. More portable so you can use this with your Iphone 4 and with your macbook pro http://www.head-fi.org/t/673540/fiio-e17-two-months-old#post_9638770 and there is this one which is another great option but is not portable like the E17. http://www.head-fi.org/t/671251/audioengine-d1-usb-dac-headphone-amp#post_9592158 If you just want to try something cheap I would try the Sabre dac but for a bit more you can get that E17 which has an amp section to it. That would be a good starter option to get you some better sounds for cheap.
Don't know if the Hifimediy Sabre dac is gonna work with your iphone out. That Fiio E17 looks like a good option to use on your sources. More versatile.
Edited by Dsnuts - 7/23/13 at 9:20pm