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Help choosing a DAC.

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Thread Starter 

Hello,

 

I'm looking to buy a dac for my setup and would like some help in choosing one.

 

I'm currently using my Fiio X5, into my WA2, into my T1's.

 

Now that I have some money saved up for a dac, I have found it pretty hard to find a place to start. it seems like every thing has its share of praise/hate.

 

My budget is around 700 dollars. 

 

I guess my question is what dac would get me better sound then out of my X5/ what features to look for that I might want in the future.

 

Thanks for your time, I look forward to hearing peoples thoughts.

 

Some of the ones I've stumbled upon 

 

Arcam irdac

EE minimax dac

Audio M DAC 

post #2 of 10
Audio-gd NFB-1?
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

is the 1s the same thing as the 1?

post #4 of 10
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is the 1s the same thing as the 1?

 

There seem to be minor difference and the newer NFB-1S ($525) is $125 cheaper then the NFB-1 ($650)

I'm trying figure out all the differences, but the the Audio-GD website is acting a little funny.

post #5 of 10

Minimax Dac is not bad, it has room for improvement if you like to DIY. 

post #6 of 10

First of all, decide on the features you'd like it to have:

- what inputs do you need? USB only (i.e. if your source is a computer), or would you benefit from Toslink or Coax (CD players and TV sets often have these)? 

- what's the highest resolution of your files that you'd like to play natively? Mostly MP3, high res FLACs or DSD?

- what outputs should be provided? Just RCA or XLR as well (i.e. if you intend to go balanced)?

- portable or stationary?

- form factor? I.e. have you got room for 19" rack mountable box, or should it be something smaller?

post #7 of 10
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I have found it pretty hard to find a place to start. it seems like every thing has its share of praise/hate.

That's definitely true. Good expensive DACs have reached that level of transparency/accuracy where the differences are slight enough that it comes down to subjective opinions over fine differences where you might not even hear that difference.
post #8 of 10

these are the best DAC chips(32 bit and high SNR) and the DACs that use them so

 

DAC chip/DAC

 

(1) ES9018/ Audio-GD makes DACs with this chip

 

(2) AK4399/Schiit Bifrost Uber

 

(3) PCM1795/ Musical Fidelity V90 and perhaps others ....

post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
Bit on the nfb-1. A little over budget, but I'm very excited to hear how it sounds.
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Bit on the nfb-1. A little over budget, but I'm very excited to hear how it sounds.

Nice!!! smily_headphones1.gif
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