An Affordable MQA SPDIF DAC AMP
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new to the forum and this digital world of music. I would like to add a dac/amp to my HP Slimline with Tidal as my source and take advantage of MQA. Will be using coaxial out . I need a dac that renders MQA and is affordable. Any suggestions greatly appreciated. I do not have a USB out on the HP as it is too old.
 
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thank you for your reply. I am finding out that MQA can not be rendered thru coaxial spdif inputs or that there aren't products with that capability. Looks like I will have to upgrade my computer to modern times
 
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A cheap laptop or mini PC is more than good enough for streaming. I use a Lenovo 710q tiny but there are a lot of choices.
 
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just bought the smsl m500 dac and will upgrade to a new mini and it's funny I was looking at that very same Lenovo
 
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Don't need even a mini PC/laptop. Even a cheap Android TV + USB Audio Player Pro will do the job (streaming).
 
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I am planning to run thru my stereo amp and I use my tv as my monitor for the computer and have the ability for both headphone and stereo set up. Waiting for my Grados and I have a pretty good setup for speakers. I thank you again for your time.
 
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Sure, good luck with it. I think the SMSL 500 has a lot of fans and a long thread here as well.
 
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