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Please help me choose a DAC

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I'm wondering if anyone can give me insight into which DAC might work best with my Audioengine A5+ speakers which I run from a Macbook Pro. The audio source is typically MOG, which is a streaming service like Pandora except quite a bit less compressed. Still, all the music I listen to is streamed. I almost never both to load a CD.

 

The DACs I've been considering are the Audioengine D1, the Schiit Modi and the Schiit Bifrost. If there are others worth considering, I'm open.

 

My thought is the D1 might be best suited because it's designed by the same company that designed the speakers. The Modi would seem potentially a better DAC for a lesser price. It lacks the headphone amp but I don't use headphones. It also lacks a volume control but the A5+ speakers have both a volume control and a remote control. The Bifrost is obviously most expensive of the three but it's said to be a great value. I'm wondering if I'd even notice the upgrade given the limitations of streamed audio and the limitations of the speakers.

 

I've been puzzling over this for the last week. Would very much appreciate any thoughts those who know these speakers and/or DACs might have, as well as insights from those experienced enough to have a sense of what my best options might be. Thanks.

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Has no one any expertise to offer?

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According to what i know, the Bifrost is excel in SPDIF connection.So if you connect ur DAC via USB, i think you should exclude the Bifrost from the list and buy the Modi instead.

Here is a very good comparison.

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Originally Posted by tamleo View Post

According to what i know, the Bifrost is excel in SPDIF connection.So if you connect ur DAC via USB, i think you should exclude the Bifrost from the list and buy the Modi instead.

Here is a very good comparison.


Thanks. Could have gone either way but I bought the Modi and am happy with it.

post #5 of 6

At 100 bucks, it's hard to go wrong with the Modi, considering its performance is reportedly close to that of the Bifrost.

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Originally Posted by calipilot227 View Post

At 100 bucks, it's hard to go wrong with the Modi, considering its performance is reportedly close to that of the Bifrost.


Haven't heard the Bifrost so I have no way of comparing, but I'm happy with the Modi. It arrived the day after Audioengine replaced my A5+ speakers so things may still be burning in. Audioengine claims the speakers need around 50 hours to fully burn in.

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