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$50 Desktop DAC/amp recommendations

post #1 of 9
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I'm simply looking for a cheap DAC/amp to use with my work computer on a $50 budget. It'll be used in a room that isn't secured and has people in and out 24/7, so cheap is required in case it gets damaged/stolen. This won't be for critical listening and will be mainly streaming audio. The integrated headphone jack on the machine is terrible and consistently hums and clicks. I'm looking for a simple USB DAC/amp that sounds decent but obviously won't be amazing on the budget. Ideally the amp portion would have a volume pot instead of buttons or a dial, but it's certainly not a requirement. I was considering the Pyle E7 clone but I'm checking my other options since I'd prefer a volume pot.

 

The amp portion should work well with efficient headphones. I'll be using 1964-Q and V-Moda M-80 at work, both are easy to drive at 25 and 28.5 ohm respectively. Any input or recommendations are welcome.

post #2 of 9

If you can make the stretch to $75, Fiio E10. Or buy used for better value.

post #3 of 9

If you will only be driving very sensitive headphones/earphones then the $42 Hifimediy might be good enough for you. It's a very good DAC, but the amp isn't very powerful.

post #4 of 9

Hifiman makes the HM-101 which is cheap and have a decent sound quality. 

post #5 of 9
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I'm wondering how this pairing would work. I can get a Bravo V2 for $50 online, how about pairing that with a cheap DAC like the ELE EL-D01? It has a PCM2704 DAC and can be found around $10-15. This way I'd get a tube, and I do enjoy the tube in my Aune T1. Any thoughts on these 2 together?

post #6 of 9

I don't know anything about the V2 but the ELE is one of the best DACs you can buy for $10-15, if not the best.

post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by AxelCloris View Post
 

I'm wondering how this pairing would work. I can get a Bravo V2 for $50 online, how about pairing that with a cheap DAC like the ELE EL-D01? It has a PCM2704 DAC and can be found around $10-15. This way I'd get a tube, and I do enjoy the tube in my Aune T1. Any thoughts on these 2 together?

 

The ELE it's supposedly a nice upgrade over onboard sound on most cases. But i cannot comment on the pairing with the Bravo. 

post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the input on the DAC. I think I may go that route then and see if the two have any synergy. And I can also pick up the HifimeDIY Sabre DAC down the line if things don't get stolen.

post #9 of 9
Sounds good, don't forget to share your experience with us Op! :smile:
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