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DIY DAC from China?

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Ebay seems to have tons of DAC kits based on the WM8740 Wolfson and the TI PCM2760 chips. Some of them are in the $50-$60 range. Anyone ever tried one of these kits? I saw one where the guy would eve solder it for $8 :)

 

Just curious how one of these would sound if they were put together properly (a big if at my house).

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 4

I don't know about these particular boards, but in general the reputation is that random China dac boards that seem to appear somewhat questionably designed are generally actually pretty good. Of course, there will still be bad ones out there. I know there are quite a few slightly higher priced ones built on the PCM1702/1704 that have quite good reviews.

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I have one like this, not a Wolfson DAC:-

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DAC-2496-AK4393-CS8416-AK4393-5532-Kit-/190649700221?pt=UK_AudioTVElectronics_HomeAudioHiFi_Amplifiers&hash=item2c639b8f7d#ht_6667wt_954

 

Mine came with the 3 fine-pitch SMT chips already soldered.

 

No complaints. A lot of people on DIYAudio have them.

 

w

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Oh wow.. thanks for that. I found a great link on DIY audio about this board, great reading.

 

http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/digital-source/186245-dac-2496-ak4393-dac-kit-cs8416-ak4393-5532-a.html

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