Help! What's best Dedicated DAC with a seperate AMP/Pre fully balanced <$1,500?
Jun 3, 2012 at 10:42 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 6

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Help! What's best Dedicated DAC with a seperate AMP/Pre fully balanced <$1,500?

I need 2 seperate items:

1) Balanced DAC

2) Balanced Amp/Pre with balanced headphone out, XLR out, and 2x XLR inputs.

Thanks!
 
Jun 21, 2012 at 2:00 AM Post #2 of 6

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I heard good things about the Musical Fidelity M1 DAC, because it has XLR out and costs $799 on Amazon brand new. 
 
Jun 21, 2012 at 9:20 AM Post #3 of 6

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Jun 21, 2012 at 11:52 AM Post #4 of 6

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Thanks all for the suggestions. I have come to the conclusion that in order to get all these options at <$1,500, too many sacrifices have to be made in audio quality. Thus I had to prioritize my preferences and decided on the Yulong D18 as the DAC (AES/EBU input) and the Schiit Mjolnir as the amp (also a preamp). My grand total was $1,250 :)


 
Jun 21, 2012 at 8:06 PM Post #6 of 6

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you can get all that with that price requirement and also have fantastic gear with Audio-GD
 


I was incredibly close to pulling the trigger on audio-gd gear, but their DACs (house sound) have mixed reviews, and the amplifier had too many compromises (many components inside, but not top notch quality). The warranty can also be a pain. You certainly can't beat a Yulong D18 for $500, which is what I paid, and the 5 yr warranty of the Schiit Mjolnir will help me sleep at night lol. I couldn't bring myself to spent $1k on a complete "question mark" whether I would enjoy it or not and not be able to return it without insane shipping charges. I'm happy what I have purchased for $250 more- a total of $1,250. I'm sure Audio-GD is great, just not for me IMO.
 

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