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Standalone DAC (~$300) to compliment Lake People G109

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 I admittedly know very little about DACs other than they vary wildly in price. I'm looking for a decent standalone DAC to pair up with a LP G109S. Primary source is my laptop or iPod. I prefer a warmer signature and will be using it with my HE-400's and SigPro's. I currently have the Modi, but not really sure how it stacks up against other mid fi (Modi is probably budget fi) DACs.

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 No input?

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I'm considering the G109 (although the 'P' version) and have the same problem... my current best guess is the new Meridian Explorer which is said to have a decent DAC and features a line-out (only single-ended though).

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 I actually backed out of getting the G109 at the last minute, but I do have a Meridian Explorer on the way. I can let you know how it sounds.

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Yes, please do so.

May I ask why you decided against the G109?

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Got bitten by the allure of a hybrid (the Lyr). Also I just bought some LCD2.2s and was worried about how well the G109 could power them whereas it is very well established that the Lyr plays well with the LCD2.2 (from what I've read). If I don't like the Lyr, I'm just going to go up a step from the G109 to the V200.
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You can try the DacMagic Plus (not the previous DacMagic version). I think it is really good for the price. I've been comparing it with M2Tech Young which has a higher price tag and get impressive reviews. It can match the resolution of the Young in the high frequency department while elsewhere it sounds as good as the other. Nevertheless if you're aiming at listening to music then the sound quality is excellent.
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