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Best DAC under $200 ???

post #1 of 25
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I thought of moving into something decent and start by buying my self a ATM-M50 and at first i was thinking of going with the HRT Music Streamer II but recently i read somewhere that it does not do good when it comes to music with really fast dynamics. I listen to a lot of Metal so now i am in doubt to go with the HRT. and few days back i came across the TubeMagic D2 DAC and its backed up by some good reviews. seems like it performs well for a DAC which costs around $200. so what do you guys think? it would be awesome if you guys could recommend me something nice below $200. currently im using an amp based on a single NE5532P and have plans to use it with the DAC im gonna buy and the M50 till i upgrade to something exciting in the future ( not anytime soon though) would be nice to get recommendations on good amps below $200 as well (additional $200 apart from what im hoping to pay for the DAC). thanks

post #2 of 25

check the first version of Musical Fidelity V-DAC. You can find very informative STEREOPHILE review,

 

http://www.stereophile.com/digitalprocessors/musical_fidelity_v-dac_da_processor

post #3 of 25
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Originally Posted by mimat777 View Post

check the first version of Musical Fidelity V-DAC. You can find very informative STEREOPHILE review,

 

http://www.stereophile.com/digitalprocessors/musical_fidelity_v-dac_da_processor

Looks nice mate, i will read through right away...

post #4 of 25

Take a look at the ODAC.

post #5 of 25
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Originally Posted by fenderf4i View Post

Take a look at the ODAC.

thanks dude, the ODAC is awesome. i realy like the combination between the O2 amp and the ODAC, specially whats offered by JDS labs.

post #6 of 25

I love the ODAC so far. I can't wait to get an O2 next!

post #7 of 25
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I love the ODAC so far. I can't wait to get an O2 next!
have you got the JDS labs version or some other? What amp do you use with it currently?
post #8 of 25

There is only one version of the ODAC, no matter who is selling it, they are all sourced from the same distributor..

post #9 of 25

I have the one that Audio Poutine supplies. http://www.facebook.com/AudioPoutine

 

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post #10 of 25
At the moment I'm using a Schiit Asgard as my amp.
post #11 of 25
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Originally Posted by MrSlim View Post

There is only one version of the ODAC, no matter who is selling it, they are all sourced from the same distributor..


yes but the enclosure, interface and output (3.5 mm/RCA) differs from each other some times

post #12 of 25

Emotiva has their Dac at a clearance price of $199

http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/clearance/products/xda1

post #13 of 25
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is there anyone who has listed to the HRT music streamer II as well as the ODAC? anyone able to give me a comparison between the two? 

post #14 of 25

I have ODAC and its awesome

 

Check out this thread for ODAC , HRT comparisons

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/611778/brief-odac-impressions/45#post_8434889

post #15 of 25
I also have the ODAC and would highly recommend it. I use mine paired with the o2 amp
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