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Help me find the right DAC

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

I am looking for a DAC with a headphone amp for my HE 400's. I also need the DAC to have an unbalanced out  for my AudioEngine A5+. Budget is 500 or less.

 

Suggestions? Thanks in advance


Edited by OICWUTUDIDTHAR - 10/30/12 at 5:21am
post #2 of 9

What kind of sound characteristic are you looking for?

 

I use an Audio-gd NFB-12.1 with my Beyer T1  + Woo WA2 combo and I enjoy it very much. I like the rich, musicality of the Wolfson-based DACs. Possibly not the most neutral of DACs though. 

 

Goes for about $230-270 in Australia. 

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

I listen to everything, so probably something neutral across all spaces?

post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by OICWUTUDIDTHAR View Post

I listen to everything, so probably something neutral across all spaces?

 

A DAC which isn't neutral is poorly designed.

 

How about the ODAC?

post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

Don't know what that is

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post #7 of 9

This is my favorite build of the odac:

 

http://www.facebook.com/AudioPoutine

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This is my favorite build of the odac:

 

http://www.facebook.com/AudioPoutine

 

May I ask why? Is it superior to JDS Labs' build?

post #9 of 9

It's just a nicer box IMO. Very well  built and high quality machining on the case itself. I like the badging and the indicator light on the front. Plus I have NEVER had any of the power issues that some of those with the jds version have spoken of. 

 

 

 

 

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