DAC suggestions for AD2000 and HD800
Apr 22, 2012 at 11:32 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 7

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So I may be in the market for a new dac and looking for some suggestions. Right now my set up is primarily a Yulong D100 dac and my Violectric V200 amp. Both headphones sound quite good out of this setup and doesn't leave much to be desired. However I am paranoid as I sold my budget dac (which I should have sold a long time ago) and now looking for another. I am not sure about price range but I'd rather not spend too much but I'm thinking somewhere between 300-900 or so. I would like to have a good dac if anything was to happen to my D100 amp as I would be left with onboard or my itunes and JH5 which does sound good but not at the same level as my  home setup.
 
I don't have too many requirements but mainly I need usb and rca outputs although xlr outputs would be nice as well but not a requirement. Ideally it will sound very clean with as little coloration as possible and good usb implementation. 
 
Also I would prefer something that is from the USA as dealing with other places especially if something happens and return shipping is needed is expensive and also a pain but it's not a requirement as long as they have good customer service that doesn't take forever to respond.
 
I've looked at a few but need some more ideas. I've seen the following so far
 
Nuforce HD
gamma 2
PS Audio DLIII
Schiit Bifrost
 
Some other suggestions would be appreciated as I haven't really kept up with the dac market.
 
Apr 23, 2012 at 12:31 AM Post #2 of 7

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My problem is:
 
- that I didnt know PS Audio sold anything that cheap
- I wish I had your problems
 
Redundancy is great, but $900 for something that will only be a backup plan ? Am I missing something here ? 
 
Apr 23, 2012 at 1:15 AM Post #3 of 7

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Well it depends on what I get. If I feel the dac I buy is better then that will be the main one. It would make no sense for the better one to be used less but alternatively I could switch it up for a different sound or have one setup for each headphone.
 
Also I'm still thinking if I want something like that or just as a pure backup so I'm looking at the different options I have. The PS Audio DLIII runs for 800 or 900 new iirc. However most of the funds will be from a headphone I bought on impulse and will be selling soon.
 
Apr 23, 2012 at 1:35 AM Post #4 of 7

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Just heard the prototype Schiit Gungnir.  I would replace the BiFrost w/ the Gungnir in your list if price is right.  Pretty much fixed most of the issues I had w/ the BiFrost which I liked.  I'm still gonna wait for the Statement.
 
Apr 23, 2012 at 10:03 AM Post #5 of 7

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What issues did you have with the Bifrost?
 
i'm thinking of possibly getting a usb to spdif converters and be done with that since there are some dacs that do not offer usb and paying for the usb function seems like a waste when the amount they cost can come to to a decent converter.
 
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What issues did you have with the Bifrost?

 
Bass extension in the last octave, a slight grain from the analog section, overall refinement.  It got the big things right like sweet natural tonality and a largely coherent and resolving signature.  For the price I think the Bif'rost is superb.  Some might consider the Gungnir a diminishing return but if you start cutting corners at the source everything else suffers.  With your new phones you'll hear it.  
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Quote:
 
 
Bass extension in the last octave, a slight grain from the analog section, overall refinement.  It got the big things right like sweet natural tonality and a largely coherent and resolving signature.  For the price I think the Bif'rost is superb.  Some might consider the Gungnir a diminishing return but if you start cutting corners at the source everything else suffers.  With your new phones you'll hear it.  
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For some odd reasons your suggestions are never good for my wallet. Any idea about usb implementation as that is what I use to connect a dac to my computer. I'm selling off the D7000 and CTH Rev A and then from there I should be able to afford around the upper range of the price range I want. Although if you recommend it then it is something to consider. I'm in no rush as I do feel in the grand scheme of things I do have a good dac.
 
 
edit: I ended up picking something up in the FS forums that's at the upper limit of budget but the D7k did sell so hopefully it is what I wanted.
 

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