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Looking for a USB DAC - Sub £100

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So my Magni has arrived in the UK and has been in customs for the past week or two but it's only just occurred to me that my source (Laptop out/Sansa Clip+) will be the limiting factor. Originally I thought it'd be fine to use my Clip+ as a source but I've decided I'll really need a dedicated USB source and unfortunately I didn't think to order a Modi with my Magni.

 

Which USB DACs are the best for under £100? The obvious choice would be the Modi but having been charged over £20 in customs I'm reluctant to order from Schiit in the USA again. Another DAC I've been looking at, a purported giant killer is the Topping D20 which got rave reviews on Headfonia but I've found little about it on here so if anyone's hads any experiences of it then I'd be grateful for impressions.

 

Recommendations please!

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Anyone? DACs for less than $200?

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Odac?? Epiphany acoustics
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Which USB DACs are the best for under £100? The obvious choice would be the Modi but having been charged over £20 in customs I'm reluctant to order from Schiit in the USA again. Another DAC I've been looking at, a purported giant killer is the Topping D20 which got rave reviews on Headfonia but I've found little about it on here so if anyone's hads any experiences of it then I'd be grateful for impressions.

 

Is the ODAC from Epiphany in your price range? If so, I second KamijoIsMyHero's recommendation for it.

 

While the Topping D20 may be a great device, I'd take reviews at Headphonia with a large grain of salt. In my opinion, it sometimes appears that they haven't used the product they're reviewing.

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That looks like a good option and within my budget, I'll read some reviews for it now, thanks for the suggestion. Are there any others worth considering?

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Aune T1 ? 

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Well I'm not really looking for an amp/DAC combo as I've just got my Magni. Do Aune do just straight DACs?

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The Epiphany odac only has USB mini in as opposed to the typical type b in, is this an issue?
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The Epiphany odac only has USB mini in as opposed to the typical type b in, is this an issue?

 

The connector type won't affect the DAC's input or its output in the slightest (as long as the cable and its connectors aren't defective.)

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The connector type won't affect the DAC's input or its output in the slightest (as long as the cable and its connectors aren't defective.)

So to confirm, the electrons don't prefer the Type B cables over Mini ones? biggrin.gif

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The connector type won't affect the DAC's input or its output in the slightest (as long as the cable and its connectors aren't defective.)

So to confirm, the electrons don't prefer the Type B cables over Mini ones? biggrin.gif

 

No, of course not. You only have to worry about Type-C electrons which, fortunately, are very scarce in the known universe!

 

Good luck. I really like my ODAC+O2 combo.

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The hifimediy DAC is 42$ and it sounds magical. It's based on the same chip as ODAC.

 

It is also powerful enough to power most IEMs/Headphones.

Even HiFiMan HE-400 gets loud enough. The only one that needed more power is JVC FXZ-200.

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