Hi, I am planning to buy USB DAC/amp combo with a budget around 130-150£ (approx. 200USD). I have looked at numerous devices but all in that price level were missing some of the connectors I need.
I require USB in (preferably asynchronous) for connecting laptop and occasionally Samsung Galaxy S3, pair of line (RCA) in or better digital in (doesnt matter which one) connector to be able to connect bluray player or DVD recorder, so it would be an universally connectable headphone dac/amp.
In the same time, I would also like to have digital coax out to be able to pass signal through and connect it to my AVR when willing to listen music from my laptop on main speakers (bluray player is connected directly to AVR via HDMI). I dont need RCA line out connection.
Could someone please advice me a suitable DAC/amp within my price limit please? Looking for desktop, not portable one.
Also, last but not least, I want something what looks nice, doesnt like boring brick like design. E.g. I really like the look of Meier Corda Aria or Cantate, I konw they are out of my price limit and mainly lack digital out connector, its just an example.
Thanks a lot, Peter
My AV system: AVR Denon 2308, BD player Sony 780, DVR + HDD Pioneer 560, TV Samsung LE40a856, bi-amped pair of BW 685 speakers + BW PV1 subwoofer, Beyerdynamic DT770 Premium 250Ohm. Laptop Lenovo Ideapad with HDMI but not coax out connector. Samsung Galaxy S3.
Listen to all types of music, mostly chillout, electronic, dance music but also a lot of pop and rock, sometimes classic and dubstep, to mention extremes.