Reccomend a soundcard/DAC for $150
Nov 29, 2009 at 10:22 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 9

Neet

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My friend is buying some 2.1 speakers (maybe Audioengine A2) and building a new PC. Which is the best bang for the buck soundcard/DAC with $150 to play with?

I was thinking the Prelude for a soundcard.
 
Nov 29, 2009 at 10:27 PM Post #2 of 9

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If the speakers are self powered he may get more milage from a DAC that can be fed via USB. There are many examples, due a search. I am partial to iBasso portable amp/dac's like the D4 "Mamba" but there are others like the Zero. Good luck.
 
Nov 30, 2009 at 1:24 AM Post #3 of 9

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Ever consider Musiland Monitor 02 US USB DAC? it's at your price range.
 
Nov 30, 2009 at 3:19 AM Post #4 of 9

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Gamma1 from AMB Labs maybe?
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The γ1 Modular Miniature DAC
 
Nov 30, 2009 at 7:35 AM Post #6 of 9

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How about the Zero DAC? A little bit over your budget if you decide to get the version with USB in, but I've heard nothing but praise about it, especially at its price point.

Edit: Forgot to mention - the speakers are going to have to be self-powered since the Zero cannot amplify speakers. It's got a headphone amp though.
 
Nov 30, 2009 at 12:39 PM Post #7 of 9

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Xonar D2/PM, very nice sounding card. Very spacious sound even without any processing
 

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