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Help! What's best Dedicated DAC with a seperate AMP/Pre fully balanced <$1,500?

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Help! What's best Dedicated DAC with a seperate AMP/Pre fully balanced <$1,500?

I need 2 seperate items:

1) Balanced DAC

2) Balanced Amp/Pre with balanced headphone out, XLR out, and 2x XLR inputs.

Thanks!
Edited by brunk - 6/21/12 at 8:55am
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I heard good things about the Musical Fidelity M1 DAC, because it has XLR out and costs $799 on Amazon brand new. 

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http://www.rme-audio.de/en_products_babyface.php

 

or

 

http://www.rme-audio.de/en_products_fireface_uc.php

 

[quote]RME is the only manufacturer that doesn’t use a third party USB or FireWire audio technology, but its own, self-developed Hammerfall Audio Core with an outstanding performance and uncompromised pro audio features[/quote]


Edited by RonaldDumsfeld - 6/21/12 at 6:23am
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Thanks all for the suggestions. I have come to the conclusion that in order to get all these options at <$1,500, too many sacrifices have to be made in audio quality. Thus I had to prioritize my preferences and decided on the Yulong D18 as the DAC (AES/EBU input) and the Schiit Mjolnir as the amp (also a preamp). My grand total was $1,250 :)

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Edited by brunk - 6/21/12 at 9:02am
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you can get all that with that price requirement and also have fantastic gear with Audio-GD
 

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Originally Posted by tme110 View Post

you can get all that with that price requirement and also have fantastic gear with Audio-GD
 


I was incredibly close to pulling the trigger on audio-gd gear, but their DACs (house sound) have mixed reviews, and the amplifier had too many compromises (many components inside, but not top notch quality). The warranty can also be a pain. You certainly can't beat a Yulong D18 for $500, which is what I paid, and the 5 yr warranty of the Schiit Mjolnir will help me sleep at night lol. I couldn't bring myself to spent $1k on a complete "question mark" whether I would enjoy it or not and not be able to return it without insane shipping charges. I'm happy what I have purchased for $250 more- a total of $1,250. I'm sure Audio-GD is great, just not for me IMO.


Edited by brunk - 6/21/12 at 5:09pm
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