Hi I am new to the audiophile world but I am very interested in getting good sound. I would say I know what to listen for in audio for someone who doesnt actually own any high end audio equipment due to friends being musicians that have nice stuff.
So I have been doing research for the last two days about DAC's and Ive decided I would rather have a DAC than a sound card because I want to use the same DAC for an Xbox 360 as well as a pc. I want to use the DAC for output to both headphones and a power amp stereo. I will be using one or the other so no need for a fancy DAC that does both at once. I just want to option to use both.
With that said I have read numerous threads saying DAC's do not work with a 360 because you cannot install drivers for them, yet on other threads Ive seen people using one with no problems via the optical output on a 360. Some were saying that games will work but dvds dont, I just want games to work on the 360, I can use my pc for movies if thats the case. So I know that the Turtle Beach DSS2 will work on the 360, but not on a pc because the optical or coax cables will not have enough bandwidth unless I get another sound card to output to DSS. I do not want to do this.
I am looking for a DAC that will work for both systems and give me the option to use either a headset or speakers. I have no equipment at this time, so for christmas I will try to put together a setup. This means I cant be asking for thousands of dollars worth of stuff. Im gunna say $200 is my max for a DAC, if it works on both systems then Im sold. Can anyone suggest some DAC's that will do this or if that is impossible, clarify why it doesnt work and what my options are.
A DAC I was looking at was the NuForce Icon uDAC-2 which seems to work great on a pc, just not sure about 360 compatability since I have been finding mixed opinions in my research. Oh and I should mention that I dont need the DAC to be portable like the NuForce, Im going for quality and I dont want top sacrifice that for portability.