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thats one to think about I guess. I wonder why there are so few stand-alone DAC's out there. I can't find many for my budget. There's the Pro-jest models but I don't know anything about those as yet.

Audio-gd or Schiit I guess are the most common choices.

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Audio-gd or Schiit I guess are the most common choices.

 

Yeah, thanks. I guess I'll have to look at the Schiit Bifrost then. I'm just not sure if it's any better than the ODAC or if it is, whether I'll be able to hear the difference.

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I'd be surprised if you couldn't hear some differences with the Bifrost Uber.
Then again- why not try the 15 day trial unless shipping and return fee is cost prohibitive?
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I'd be surprised if you couldn't hear some differences with the Bifrost Uber.
Then again- why not try the 15 day trial unless shipping and return fee is cost prohibitive?

 

Shipping and return fees at Schiit are pretty bonkers.  Better off buying a used one and reselling it IMO.

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Shipping and return fees at Schiit are pretty bonkers.  Better off buying a used one and reselling it IMO.

There's always

http://electromod.co.uk/schiit-audio/
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Scratch that. £410 for a Bifrost? No chance. I think I'll be sticking with my ODAC unless I find something second-hand.
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Scratch that. £410 for a Bifrost? No chance. I think I'll be sticking with my ODAC unless I find something second-hand.

 

I still think you shouldn't count out the Audio-GD just because it comes with an amp.  There's a reason they're considered one of the better values in the price range...

 

But yeah, ODAC is supposed to be decent for the price too.

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It's not that. I like a small form factor if possible because space is at a premium. I do like the value Audio-GD bring to the table. I'll need to look into it dome more. I'll keep you posted.
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It's not that. I like a small form factor if possible because space is at a premium. I do like the value Audio-GD bring to the table. I'll need to look into it dome more. I'll keep you posted.
You should consider Cambridge audio DacMagic plus, it's UK product and could be used vertically using provided stand to save space. I personally preferred its sound over Bifrost Uber
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Originally Posted by Zorrofox View Post

thats one to think about I guess. I wonder why there are so few stand-alone DAC's out there. I can't find many for my budget. There's the Pro-jest models but I don't know anything about those as yet.

 

So few ? Maybe under a certain sticker, but by the time you get up around the 2500 USD mark things get very crowded. I have more expensive DACs than this but it makes a lot of sense with my laptop and its under 200USD - 

 

http://ifi-audio.com/portfolio-view/nano-idsd/

 

Not a desktop product and probably not what we're discussing here, but still an option for those without a lot of money to spend, as is the Schiit Modi/Magni combo per Purrin's recommendation. It's not that long ago here that the choice most faced when they wanted to get 'serious' about a DAC was either the Benchmark DAC1 or the Grace M902 - gear at the level of the MBL / dCS offerings was rarely discussed here. It's all relative, but I cant help thinking DACs are steadily taking over from amps as the electronic component Head-Fiers are most likely to obsess over. 

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You should consider Cambridge audio DacMagic plus, it's UK product and could be used vertically using provided stand to save space. I personally preferred its sound over Bifrost Uber

 

That DAC is definitely on my radar, thanks. The only reason I'm hesitant is because I feel sure there will shortly be a  dual-DAC version like the 100+ (but without the amp section).

 

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So few ? Maybe under a certain sticker, but by the time you get up around the 2500 USD mark things get very crowded. I have more expensive DACs than this but it makes a lot of sense with my laptop and its under 200USD - 

 

http://ifi-audio.com/portfolio-view/nano-idsd/

 

Not a desktop product and probably not what we're discussing here, but still an option for those without a lot of money to spend, as is the Schiit Modi/Magni combo per Purrin's recommendation. It's not that long ago here that the choice most faced when they wanted to get 'serious' about a DAC was either the Benchmark DAC1 or the Grace M902 - gear at the level of the MBL / dCS offerings was rarely discussed here. It's all relative, but I cant help thinking DACs are steadily taking over from amps as the electronic component Head-Fiers are most likely to obsess over. 

 

Yes, I did say few. Your post doesn't exactly contradict that either. I already own the ODAC so one of the lower Schiit models isn't likely to up the ante much.

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thats one to think about I guess. I wonder why there are so few stand-alone DAC's out there. I can't find many for my budget. There's the Pro-jest models but I don't know anything about those as yet.

 

You could have a look at the Gustard offerings:

http://stores.ebay.co.uk/kidultonline/GUSTARD-/_i.html?_fsub=858846819

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Yes, I did say few. Your post doesn't exactly contradict that either. I already own the ODAC so one of the lower Schiit models isn't likely to up the ante much.

This may not suit your fancy, but it seems worth mentioning that the Schiit Wyrd provides a pretty significant upgrade to the ODAC. It makes ODAC significantly cleaner and tighter.
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