So I am looking for a DAC to pair with my Schiit lyr which is replacing my O2+ODAC combo. I dont have the cash to drop on a Biifrost right now, so I was wondering what would I be better off with for now, thinking of getting a standalone ODAC or a Xonar DX or DS soundcard. Also is there a difference in the DAC that each of the different Xonar sound cards have? If yes, which do you think will be best suited for me(currently looking at DX or DS)
ODAC or Xonar Sound card
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I do not know about the Xonar DS, but the Xonar D1 or DX would be comparable in terms of measurable audio quality to the ODAC. However, using the ODAC with a USB isolator, while more expensive, will to reduce the chance of interference and ground loops, which can easily occur with Schiit amplifiers that use grounded 3-prong AC connectors. I would personally just have kept the O2, though.
Edited by stv014 - 11/2/12 at 3:26pm