Best DAC for under $150?
Feb 27, 2006 at 9:26 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 34

Jersey

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I was thinking the Fubar II or the Silverstone? Any recommendations for others under $150?

I'll be using the DAC --> PA2V2 --> AKG 601k.
 
Feb 27, 2006 at 10:33 PM Post #3 of 34

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Quote:

Originally Posted by fr4c
you could get a Lite DAC-AH for around that price.


That is what Jahn would say. I bought one on friday and I'm waiting for it to arrive. It is well liked, go for the DAC-AH.

Edit: Oh and keep in mind that you must factor in interconnects and soundcard costs. Because I don't think you can output from the ipod or ipod dock to the DAC, I'm almost positive. So you are looking at $30 for a AV-710 and anywhere from $10-∞ for a interconnect from DAC to amp plus a optical cable from soundcard to DAC running again $10-∞.
 
Feb 27, 2006 at 11:19 PM Post #5 of 34

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I'm also in the process of buying a DAC... here the 2 I'm looking at:
  1. http://www.diyeden.com
    They have some nice looking items, even some that have USB for a very good price. I haven't been able to find a review in english though. The great march costs $220 in china.
  2. http://www.zhaolu.com
    The zhaolu is a nice model and you can find a lot of reviews here. It has a headphone amp integrated. It's also balanced and easily mod'able too, $120 in china.

Lawrence Chan <lawrencechanckbig@yahoo.com.hk> can help you get
them ($300 for the DIYEDEN Great March, $180 for the Zhaolu, shipping is another ~$60 though). They are both slightly above your limit but worth considering IMO. I think I'm going to order a zhaolu right now...

-M
 
Feb 27, 2006 at 11:26 PM Post #6 of 34

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I get most probably my diyeden great-march tomorrow so can comment about it.. Only problem is didnt get stock unit so maybe it doesnt help afterall..
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Feb 27, 2006 at 11:28 PM Post #7 of 34

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Slightly? That's like double lol...

Especially if you add onto the Zhalou.

To be honest, I am interested in those sub $500 DAC, but there are not enough round up comparisons. I think a lot of people just buy one based on what their little pinky tells them (or rather, based on what they read - but its still intuition in the end), find that it is better than sans-DAC/a comparably low end source, and live happy ever after (until they can afford an upgrade).

I probably won't invest in a DAC for another year now, but hopefully there will be some swaps/more comparisons as time goes by.
 
Feb 27, 2006 at 11:38 PM Post #9 of 34

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But surely there are some that really stand out and are often compared?

I mean, there are a lot of headphones under $500. But the same names are constantly echoed in these forums, and we get frequent debates on the differences between those headphones.
 
Feb 28, 2006 at 12:12 AM Post #10 of 34

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But surely there are some that really stand out and are often compared?


Well lite dac-60 seems to be popular if thats what you are asking
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Feb 28, 2006 at 4:13 AM Post #12 of 34

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I cannot really give you input or comparison with anything else, but I am myself happy with the firestone audio Fubar USB DAC.
Note : The Ipod is not connected to it, it is in the picture just for dimension purpose
Lionel
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Mar 1, 2006 at 1:12 AM Post #14 of 34

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The fubar is running from my PC, there is not other way,it is a USB DAC. The sound is very clean, the first thing I was happy with is the cleaning of the background noise/hissing compared to my regular standard sound card.

You DO need a headphone amp behing it, the fubar output is 2 RCA audio, you cannot connect an headphone to it and there is no amp inside.

I personnaly to go for the Cute Beyond amp (same company) based on reviews and the 'sexy' factor (look at the picture
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). But you could use any other amp.

Note : The Ipod is not connected to it, it is in the picture just for dimension purpose


I hope this helps
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