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Thread Starter 

There has recently been a huge increase in the amount of different DACs out there, so I wanted to see which ones are the most popular by a NEW poll.  Personally I have a Metrum Octave, but am looking to upgrade. 

 

So, copy the most updated list, paste it in the reply box and add your cable to the list. If your cable is already on the list, just increment the number in the bracket.

 

 

Use the older thread below as an example

http://www.head-fi.org/t/454955/dac-popularity-check

 

 

Budget/Entry level (Below $1000):
------------------


Mid-level ($1k-$2k):
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Metrum Octave (1)

 


High-End (Above $2k):
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Edited by Tuberoller1 - 12/29/12 at 8:29pm
post #2 of 211
You need to assign dollar values to the levels.
post #3 of 211

I'd recommend adding a comment about making your own addition bold

 

 

Budget/Entry level:
------------------
FiiO E17 (1)


Mid-level:
---------
Metrum Octave (1)

 


High-End:
---------

post #4 of 211
Thread Starter 

 

Budget/Entry level (Below $1000):
------------------
FiiO E17 (1)


Mid-level ($1k-$2k):
---------
Metrum Octave (1)

 


High-End (Above $2k):
---------

post #5 of 211

Budget/Entry level (Below $1000):
------------------

FiiO E17 (1)

Audio-gd DAC19DF (1)


Mid-level ($1k-$2k):
---------
Metrum Octave (1)

 


High-End (Above $2k):
---------

post #6 of 211

 

Budget/Entry level (Below $1000):
------------------

FiiO E17 (1)

Audio-gd DAC19DF (1)

Yulong D100 (1)


Mid-level ($1k-$2k):
---------
Metrum Octave (1)

 


High-End (Above $2k):
---------

post #7 of 211
  Budget/Entry level (Below $1000):
FiiO E17 (1) Audio-gd DAC19DF (1) Yulong D100 (1) Mid-level ($1k-$2k):
Metrum Octave (1)   High-End (Above $2k):
Eximus DP1 (1)
Edited by BournePerfect - 12/30/12 at 1:10am
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Budget/Entry level (Below $1000):
FiiO E17 (1)
Audio-gd DAC19DF (1)
Yulong D100 (1)

JDS Labs ODAC (1)

Headroom Micro DAC (1)


Mid-level ($1k-$2k):
Metrum Octave (1)

High-End (Above $2k):
Eximus DP1 (1)

post #9 of 211

A DAC costing $500 to $1000 hardly constitutes a "Budget Level" DAC - in my opinion of course. Here is how I would categorize them:

 

Budget level: Less than $300.

 

Mid-fi: $300 to $750

 

Hi-Fi: $750 to $1,995

 

No comment: greater than $1,995.00


Edited by runswithaliens - 12/30/12 at 12:38pm
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Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by runswithaliens View Post

A DAC costing $500 to $1000 hardly constitutes a "Budget Level" DAC - in my opinion of course. Here is how I would categorize them:

 

Budget level: Less than $300.

 

Mid-fi: $300 to $750

 

Hi-Fi: $750 to $1,995

 

No comment: greater than $1,995.00


Purely semantics, lets just keep it the original way to avoid confusion.

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Budget/Entry level (Below $1000):
FiiO E17 (1)
Audio-gd DAC19DF (1)
Yulong D100 (1)

JDS Labs ODAC (1)

Headroom Micro DAC (1)

Wavelength Proton (1)


Mid-level ($1k-$2k):
Metrum Octave (1)

High-End (Above $2k):
Eximus DP1 (1)

post #12 of 211
Quote:
Originally Posted by rs01 View Post

Budget/Entry level (Below $1000):

FiiO E17 (1)

Audio-gd DAC19DF (1)

Yulong D100 (1)
JDS Labs ODAC (1)
Headroom Micro DAC (1)
Cambridge DACmagic Plus (1)

Mid-level ($1k-$2k):

Metrum Octave (1)

High-End (Above $2k):

Eximus DP1 (1)
post #13 of 211

Budget/Entry level (Below $1000):

FiiO E17 (1)

Audio-gd DAC19DF (1)

Yulong D100 (1)
JDS Labs ODAC (1)
Headroom Micro DAC (1)
Cambridge DACmagic Plus (1)

Mid-level ($1k-$2k):

Metrum Octave (1)

High-End (Above $2k):

Eximus DP1 (1)

Fostex A8C (1)

post #14 of 211
Technically the Fostex HP-A8C is $1995. wink.gif

-Daniel
post #15 of 211
Quote:
Originally Posted by Allegroz View Post

Budget/Entry level (Below $1000):

FiiO E17 (1)

Audio-gd DAC19DF (1)

Yulong D100 (1)
JDS Labs ODAC (1)
Headroom Micro DAC (1)
Cambridge DACmagic Plus (1)

Mid-level ($1k-$2k):

Metrum Octave (2)

High-End (Above $2k):

Eximus DP1 (1)

Fostex A8C (1)

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