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Looking for a decent and cheap USB DAC

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I already have an amp (Class A "JLH" Ebay kit, slightly modified), currently in the process of refurbishing my old Philips HP-890 and need a decent but cheap USB DAC to use with my computer. Anyone have any suggestions? Preferably in a kit form from Ebay, and no more than, say around 30 US dollars.

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I already have an amp (Class A "JLH" Ebay kit, slightly modified), currently in the process of refurbishing my old Philips HP-890 and need a decent but cheap USB DAC to use with my computer. Anyone have any suggestions? Preferably in a kit form from Ebay, and no more than, say around 30 US dollars.

 

I'm fond of the ELE EL-D02 that I use at work. Can be found for $20 on eBay. The 02 has a small amp built in. You'd be looking for the EL-D01 model. It's DAC only and it's slightly cheaper at around $15. It's pre-built so if you were looking for some fun building a DAC it wouldn't be for you.

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Behringer UCA-202. $26 from Amazon for buyers in USD. It's a no-brainer, given its success in reviews and blind tests.

 

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OK, if you want a kit...

The Behringer is fully built-up, is a DAC/ADC, has line-out and headphone out and has a number of trusted reviews and blind tests to its credit, but you can save a few dollars and have the fun of building a kit, you just won't have any reassurance as regards what kind of sound quality you will get. That said, I don't think there's that much to pick and choose between DACs anyway, although there's more differentiation at the budget end, which is where you're looking...

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