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best DAC under $700 to use with violectric V200 and HD800?

post #1 of 6
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woo! my rig is finally half way there

 

the only one left: a standalone DAC

 

with hundreds brand available on the market, it's really hard to pick one

 

I've already narrow down to the following 

 

1. Lead Audio LA-100

 

2. EE MiniMax

 

3. StageDAC

 

Could anyone share their thoughts / impression with HD800?

 

or is there any other recommendation? 

 

my budget is under 700 USD / AUD

 

my current setup is

 

Macbook Pro -> optical out -> icon HDP -> HD800

 

the Violectric V200 will be delivered next week, hope I can find a DAC soon to complete the rig.

 

my music is mostly alternative / electronic / soundtrack / with a very small portion of classic

 

 

Thanks everyone :D

post #2 of 6

You can definitely find a used Benchmark DAC1 for that price, maybe even a DAC1 USB if you stretch it; and that's pretty much as transparent and neutral and non-colored as a DAC can possibly get.  

  

Anyway, the DAC1 I have was my first upgrade up away from the Nuforce Icon HD (allegedly identical in dac/amp implementation as your HDP) I had, so I'm naturally biased for it. Still, check reviews and graphs, DAC1 is some really legit stuff.

post #3 of 6

So your headphone is 1500 dollars, and your amp is around 1000. I don't think you should stoop down to 700 for your DAC, unless you go for used ones.

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You can definitely find a used Benchmark DAC1 for that price, maybe even a DAC1 USB if you stretch it; and that's pretty much as transparent and neutral and non-colored as a DAC can possibly get.  

  

Anyway, the DAC1 I have was my first upgrade up away from the Nuforce Icon HD (allegedly identical in dac/amp implementation as your HDP) I had, so I'm naturally biased for it. Still, check reviews and graphs, DAC1 is some really legit stuff.

 

DAC1 is interesting but it doesn't have a 115V / 230V switch, I'll move back from Australia (230V) to Taiwan (115V) this July so I hope the

 

DAC could offer the power switch.

 

Thanks for your recommendation :D 
 

 

post #5 of 6
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Originally Posted by Philharmoniker View Post

So your headphone is 1500 dollars, and your amp is around 1000. I don't think you should stoop down to 700 for your DAC, unless you go for used ones.



Yeah, a used one is considered. 

 

Could you offer your recommendation? 

 

Thanks :D

post #6 of 6

Just  went to Benchmark website , their refurnish DAC1 is going at USD700. 

good deal. 

 

for the voltage portion ,  just use the step up transformer in between the countries that you travel .

 

I too , just had a Violelectric V200 and I am just using my fostex HP-P1 as DAC for it (using a mini line out - RCA cable connection). 

No ideal , but work for me at this time until I have enough $$ for a dedicated DAC and a source too.

 

Cheers

 

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Philharmoniker View Post

So your headphone is 1500 dollars, and your amp is around 1000. I don't think you should stoop down to 700 for your DAC, unless you go for used ones.



Yeah, a used one is considered. 

 

Could you offer your recommendation? 

 

Thanks :D



 

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