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Looking for a USB DAC for the office

post #1 of 6
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Hi guys,

I'm looking to get a DAC for the office. I will plug it into my Burson HA-160 and use with my Edition 8.

Right now I get a ground loop when I use the HA-160 with my Pico DAC because it uses the PC's ground through the USB.

I would like to avoid this ground loop by having the DAC use an external power supply. So I'm basically looking for a USB DAC that's externally powered by a power brick with a two-prong plug.

Do you have any suggestions? Any budget, but I would like it to be at least as good as the Pico DAC, preferably at least 24/96, too.

Thanks!
Edited by fomoz - 11/28/13 at 11:06am
post #2 of 6
Thread Starter 
I'm guessing I can get this, it has a ground lift switch for the USB exactly for this issue.

DacMagic 100 Digital to Analogue Converter

The only thing is that is has the Wolfson WM8742 which is apparently not as good as the WM8741. The USB ground lift is crucial for my application, though.

Any other suggestions? Thanks!
Edited by fomoz - 11/28/13 at 10:21am
post #3 of 6

For the same 300$ you can get NFB-11.32, with the famous Sabre ESS 9018 chip.

post #4 of 6
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Originally Posted by BenF View Post

For the same 300$ you can get NFB-11.32, with the famous Sabre ESS 9018 chip.

It uses a three-prong plug though, so I'm out of luck unless I use it as a headphone amp, too.
post #5 of 6

Doesn't Burson has an RCA input?

http://bursonaudio.com/Burson_HA160.htm

post #6 of 6
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Doesn't Burson has an RCA input?
http://bursonaudio.com/Burson_HA160.htm
Yes, but then I'll have a ground loop.
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