Hi, need to buy my first dac or amp for my laptop.. need some suggestions.. i was thinking of aune t1, govibe rivo, cricri+, d2+boa or fiio.. around 180+.. plz help.. thanks...
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I love my Fiio E17! Works great plugged into the USB or AUX from my Mac. And sounds great with my iPhone 5S!
I even got two adapters to convert the Mac's DisplayPort output into HDMI, then split out SPDIF from the HDMI. Then that goes into my E17 SPDIF input (Coax) and sounds amazing.
There's the D-Zero for $99. I have the WM8740 and it's a touch too dark sounding for my tastes, but I "got" it free (my cousin bought it used, left it with me, got something else, hasn't asked for it back) so I'm still happy with it. I think there's a Sabre DAC version now so the sound might be a little different, likely not as dark. For around $260 though there's the D6 and it packs a more powerful amp. The overall sound is a bit dark/too smooth for me but if you have headphones that need that power, it might be useful.
I've tried the D2+ and it seemed too dark for me; however I don't know if the owner rolled the opamps. As for GoVibe, I briefly tried their tube amp, which was a little bit OK with the HE400.
Not in that price range. The cheapest DSD DAC I know is the Schiit Loki, but it's DSD only. You'll have to hook up your PCM (FLAC, mp3, WAV, etc) DAC's analog output to loop through the Loki.
I can't find where it says on the product page that it takes DSD...AFAIK, DSD/SACD is 1-bit/2.8Mhz, whereas other PCM and related format decoders are 14/16/18/20/24-bit and 44.1khz/88khz/96khz/196khz. A DSD DAC circuit can sometimes play a regular PCM track, simply oversampling it to 2.8Mhz, but the Loki isn't designed to since Schiit prefers discrete function components.