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Hi guys:

My primary audio system is a classic McIntosh 1900 receiver hooked to Paradigm reference 20 speakers.

I've been using an iPod classic with audio out from its headphone jack. I'm now ready to upgrade to a digital out=> outboard DAC option.

The outboard DACs I'm considering are all in the entry level category:

1. Peachtree DAC-IT (the original, lower priced model, not the new x model)
2. Schiit Bifrost
3. Cambridge audio dacmagic
4. Emotiva xda-2

I had initially also thought about the Arcam rdac, but I can no longer find the base model.

Anyway, I'm curious as to what you all think regarding the sonic characteristics of the above & how they would synergize with my classic receiver.

Thanks.
 

 

TM

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post #2 of 5

The first thing you should do is make sure all of those DACs will work with an iPod. How do you plan to connect them? I don't think you can just plug the USB cable that goes into your computer into the DAC; the DAC needs to be iPod compatible as well. 

The HRT iStreamer and CEntrance M8 work AFAIK, not sure about the ones you listed. The Peachtree might work. 

This thread might be of help, but note that it's about devices running iOS.

http://www.head-fi.org/t/507559/list-of-dacs-that-work-with-ipad

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Right...

I did leave out some links in the chain. I do realize that I need to take the raw digital out of the iPod. So, my thought right now is to use the NuForce iDo. This will take the raw digital data... it has a digital coax out jack which will then go to the input of one of the above mentioned DACs, then analog out from there into my McIntosh.

 

TM

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Originally Posted by tmanwell View Post
 

Right...

I did leave out some links in the chain. I do realize that I need to take the raw digital out of the iPod. So, my thought right now is to use the NuForce iDo. This will take the raw digital data... it has a digital coax out jack which will then go to the input of one of the above mentioned DACs, then analog out from there into my McIntosh.

Why not just get a FiiO X3 ($200) or iBasso DX50 ($240).

Load your music files on to one of those and run an analog audio cable from the X3 or DX50 to the RCA inputs on the Mcintosh receiver.

post #5 of 5
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Well, the main reason would be that I already have all of my lossless music on my 80gb iPod classic, so was thinking of keeping that as my source.

 

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