Best External DAC for under $ 1000
May 18, 2004 at 7:59 PM Post #16 of 20

BANGPOD

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Originally Posted by beetledude
I just got a benchmark and am extremely pleased with it. It was on sale at one of the retailers at audiogon (in other words, new unit) for $795.


beetledude --

Is that Benchmark DAC1 for $795...
The 96Khz version they sell? Or...
Is it the 192Khz version they sell?

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May 18, 2004 at 8:17 PM Post #17 of 20

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Modded M-Audio Super DAC 24/96, according to some folks, is ***extremely*** good value for money and can compete with MUCH more costly DACs when modded (up there apparently with the Chord DAC64 - a $2,000 DAC). That is a ~ $300 DAC with approx another $200-$300 of mods.
 
May 19, 2004 at 12:45 AM Post #18 of 20

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pbrikett -- what exact mods would you recommend with that choice ... and from where / who ?

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May 19, 2004 at 1:47 AM Post #19 of 20

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Quote:

Originally Posted by BANGPOD
beetledude --

Is that Benchmark DAC1 for $795...
The 96Khz version they sell? Or...
Is it the 192Khz version they sell?

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Yes, it's the Benchmark DAC1 with the matte faceplate (the 192Khz version).
 
May 19, 2004 at 2:12 AM Post #20 of 20

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Originally Posted by stryker
I second the Benchmark or MF A3.24. You can get a good MF demo for under $800.


The MF A3.24 is great, from some reviews and others who have heard the MF and the Bel Canto DAC2, they claim the two are almost comparable.
 

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