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Best $50 USB DAC, amp not needed

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I want to get a cheap DAC to connect between an iMac and powered external speakers. I wouldn't mind a DAC/amp combo but it would need to have a pass through feature. But ideally I just want a cheap USB DAC that is powered out of the computer with a mini out. I don't need something amazing, just an upgrade on the iMac onboard DAC.

 

Do the FiiOs have pass through? What other non-amp options are decent?

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I want to get a cheap DAC to connect between an iMac and powered external speakers. I wouldn't mind a DAC/amp combo but it would need to have a pass through feature. But ideally I just want a cheap USB DAC that is powered out of the computer with a mini out. I don't need something amazing, just an upgrade on the iMac onboard DAC.

 

Do the FiiOs have pass through? What other non-amp options are decent?

 

Behringer UCA-202 (or UCA-222) at ~US$25. It's a good performer at a very good price. I believe the electronics is the same in both.

 

Besides the analog, RCA line-level output jacks, it has a built-in amplifier. But the amp has a nominal 50-Ohm output impedance, so it may not be optimal for some (many?) low-impedance, dynamic headphones.

 

I have two, one of which will be retired on Friday.

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http://r.ebay.com/Ckw5IF

Just ordered one of these, a lot of people seem to enjoy it so far.

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http://r.ebay.com/Ckw5IF
Just ordered one of these, a lot of people seem to enjoy it so far.
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Perfect, exactly what I was after, thanks. And under budget, that must be a first for Head-Fi!!

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http://r.ebay.com/Ckw5IF
Just ordered one of these, a lot of people seem to enjoy it so far.
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does it automatically upsamples 16/44 files? thats what i read from the listing and that sounds not good to me... and if an amp is added to the headphone out... is it okay as well?


Edited by Dyaems - 11/6/12 at 6:28pm
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Hifimediy Sabre USB DAC, $52, come with the same receiver chip and DAC chip as the ODAC.

And has some positive reviews.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/140847495065?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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