Hey, thanks alot.
Total cost for the dac and the amp was around 2.1k including shipping. If you want to hear it i'll probably be at the next Montreal meet.
#1: Wow that's crazy expensive! I never thought it'd be that expensive. Could you give a rough approximate to the price of the different parts? From what I know it's around 250$ per b22 boards, so you'd have 1k$ just in those 4 boards, is that correct? And I suppose most parts were ordered from Canadian suppliers? This alone would makes the price of any project higher this side of the border.
#2 Woot! Can't wait for the next meet then.
I got the boards for the beta and the power supply from glassjaraudio.com which was 650$, got the stepped attenuator and the knob from an other headfier for 300 (normally 400 new). For the dac, i've ordered everything from twistedpearaudio.com. You can add the cost of connectors, metal panels (around 100$) and a bunch of wires and we are fairly close to 2k. Some used beta22 alone are sold around that price. The thing is that you need to spend ALOT of time on this if you want to get things done by yourself. Or you can pay someone to do it but...the price is getting quite high.
I've done alot of work on my amp and dac in the past few days and I just want to share some photos with you guys. I've changed xlr connectors, a bit of case work (sanded the gold finish of the bottom panels and the cases were not as straight as I wanted) and added speakers outputs. I also worked on the wiring and added an amanero usb module to the dac. The usb board had a bigger impact on sq then I tought, in a very good way (switching from spidf to pcm (i2s)). Sound stage is wider and the sound is much more centered than it was with spidf. Also, my xonar STX was putting out some dc when signal was locked but no music playing. So I had to mute the amp every time I wanted to pause. With usb, no more dc. Also added a little switch in the back to switch between spidf and usb.