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Making a DACing decision :)

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hey all,

 

I had posted on another part of the forum to try and gain some suggestions for a good AMP/DAC combination that I could utilize with my computer - and I was able to get several great suggestions and I have narrowed choices down.  I am just trying to get a little more feedback before I pull the trigger.  Originally, I had wanted to spend $500 for both a DAC & Amp - however, I have come to realize that it will likely cost much more...I am focusing mostly on the DAC right now and I would like to see which choice would be best.  Musical taste is split between rock and rap (weird, I know...) so we are looking for a good middle ground!

 

Contenders:

Cambridge DACMagic

Maverick D1

Yulong D100

Little Dot DAC II

 

If you have any other suggestions please feel free to add them!

 

Thank you in advance. :)

post #2 of 8

The Cambridge DACMagic is a great piece of gear and I would highly recommend it.

post #3 of 8
Peachtree DacIt may be a little pricey for your budget but is an excellent DAC. Good reviews in Stereophile and Computer Audiophile. I bought mine a few months ago and am enjoying it. Another DAC worth looking at is the Rega or the Schiit Bifrost. Happy hunting!
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the feedback folks!

 

I am going to conitnue (with this new information) to do some more research.

 

Also, I would ultimately be pairing this DAC with a set of Sennheiser HD 650's.  Just to give other folks some more information.

 

Thanks again!
 

post #5 of 8

If you can stretch your budget to afford the Audiolab M-DAC that would be my suggestion. It's one heck of an all-in-one unit, utilizes the ESS 9018 DAC, has multiple inputs, balanced & single ended outputs, a very good built in headphone amp plus a pretty much full function remote.


I had been using a couple of very nice vintage receivers with my LCD-2's but have found I actually prefer M-DAC's own internal amp. I don't think the amp is the be all end all of amps, but it definitely is not an afterthought/throw-in.

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Originally Posted by elnero View Post

If you can stretch your budget to afford the Audiolab M-DAC that would be my suggestion. It's one heck of an all-in-one unit, utilizes the ESS 9018 DAC, has multiple inputs, balanced & single ended outputs, a very good built in headphone amp plus a pretty much full function remote.


I had been using a couple of very nice vintage receivers with my LCD-2's but have found I actually prefer M-DAC's own internal amp. I don't think the amp is the be all end all of amps, but it definitely is not an afterthought/throw-in.

A bit off-topic,

 

but glad you are liking the LCD2's with the MDAC. Mines on pre-order hopefully i get it in the next month... Cant wait to try it out! from the same designer as the Cambridge DAC Magic if you didnt know. He also provides support right in the MDAC thread over at Pink Fish Media Forums.

post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the reply's and information folks! Still weighing, but things are a bit more narrow than before :)

post #8 of 8

The Nuforce HDP smokes the DACmagic. The RCA output from the DACMagic into any amp sounds noticeably worse which is a little sad for me since Cambridge is an awesome company.

 

I used to have a Schiit Bifrost + Lyr setup for my Hifiman HE-500 and HE-5LE, sold the HE-5LE, then I've always had the HDP which is a wonderful little source, it's punchier than most sources, not being truly neutral, but also not ruining your music by giving it a sort of EQ.

 

Right now I'm using it with a pair of LCD-2's

 

I went from this:

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To this:

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It wasn't because I was having money problems, I was trying to get the same quality of audio for less money just because thats just how I have fun. Overall you'd be hard pressed to do better for under $500. I mean you can order an NFB-12 which a couple people said was a little better, but in my opinion, I prefer to stick to an American made product.

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