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DAC Recommendations under $50 USD

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I have recently purchased a pair of sennheiser hd 558s, and am getting an amp for them, but I need a DAC because my laptop's integrated sound chip sucks more than drinking lemon juice after getting a paper cut on your tongue. I don't want a DAC amp combo because i want to be able to try different DAC and amp combinations, and I am getting a DIY amp so i can easily try different opamp chips, and the DIY amp will look amazing because it will be housed in an Altoids tin. Anyway, I just wanted to know if you guys had any recommendations.

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hifime diy sabre dac

 

http://hifimediy.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=83

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I agree. I have the DAC above and it really does well for the cost.

 

There's also an updated version with asynchronous USB:

http://hifimediy.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=62&product_id=123

 

FYI, using a bitperfect output method (or kernel-streaming) is also important. Otherwise, all music you play through Windows will be re-sampled multiple times and finally downsampled to 16/48. I use Foobar2000 with the wasapi plugin. This method is nice because the device is shared, yet playback through Foobar2000 is bitperfect. The difference is clearly audible in resolving recordings.


Edited by Punnisher - 11/7/13 at 11:43am
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