1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.

    Dismiss Notice

Decent DAC around $100 or less?

  1. TeaLyPeeLy
    Most DACs are like really expensive, but I don't really care if I'm not getting 100% quality. 90% is good enough for me, so is there a cheap DAC I can get? Honestly, the cheaper the better because I'm just putting together a temporary setup then eventually I'll get a super high end one.
  2. Brined Guardian
    The Schiit Modi is a nice DAC. I started out with the Modi/Magni stack, it lasted me a long time before I upgraded.

    What headphones are you using?
  3. baskingshark
    I use the Khadas tone board and it retails at 99 USD usually. Cheaper during sales (there's a big sale on aliexpress coming on 11/11!).
    It does open up the dynamics and soundstage and details for my music.

    You can check out this link for some head to head comparisons for DACs: https://www.audiosciencereview.com/...ad-distortion-comparison-graph-for-dacs.4814/
    Khadas tone board ranks quite high here, and I can't complain much for the pricing.

    The only thing is the Khadas tone board comes usually as a naked board (which doesn't pick up any electronic interferance despite being used next to my desktop). But I paid about 13 bucks to get a acrylic case made for it, to look asthetically better.
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2019
    PointyFox likes this.
  4. PurpleAngel Contributor
    Hifimediy, $30-$70.
  5. TeaLyPeeLy
    HD600s. I'm planning on also getting the Atom Amp.
  6. starence
    I'd go with the Modi 3, great sound for the price, plus it has 3 inputs so it works with a variety of sources.
  7. carlman14
    I have a Topping D30 for my office setup. It's been a great dac for me. Has multiple inputs and can do DSD if that's your thing. $120 new, but can be found for $90 - $100 used.
  8. PurpleAngel Contributor
    The Topping DX3 Pro and Xduoo XD-05 are both DAC/amp
    Everything in one little unit.
  9. PaganDL
    Hi @TeaLyPeeLy,

    I suggest Lexicon Alpha.

    Hope you have a great day !
  10. TeaLyPeeLy
    If I have a Behringer UMC22 audio interface, will that be good enough until I can afford a really good DAC (assuming I connect using RCA cables from the outputs on the back and NOT use the direct monitors)?
  11. PointyFox
    I also recommend the Khadas Tone Board. Its measurements beat most other DACs, including everything made by Schiit I believe. If you paired that with the Atom, you'd never need to upgrade.
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2019
    baskingshark likes this.
  12. PurpleAngel Contributor
    The Behringer UMC22 audio interface, one of it's features is that it's is a "cheap DAC".
  13. TeaLyPeeLy
    How much worse is it than like a $100 DAC.
  14. TeaLyPeeLy
    Looks like I might be getting this. Thanks!
  15. PurpleAngel Contributor
    Because it's an Audio Interface, it might have a more neutral (boring) type sound.
    As an Audio Interface is more about analyzing the sound, then audio enjoyment.
    Where as a higher priced DAC might offer a more lively and more full spectrum sound.

    Just get the HD600 and Atom for now.
    I would assume cables with a 1/4" TS to RCA connects would connect the UMC22 to the Atom.
    Like the Hosa CPR-201 cables

    I do not see you having to decide right away on what your willing to budget for a DAC.

Share This Page