Thinking of replacing my DAC - suggestions?
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I have a Sound Blaster X-Fi HD that is requiring a little more care than I'd like (have to unplug/replug the USB cable to get the mic to work sometimes) and I'm considering replacing it.

I'm trying to stay in a sub - $150 budget. I'm looking for a DAC that also accepts mic input. This unit will be moving between my desktop and laptop a couple times a week. I'm considering the Astro Mixamp (wired version). Are there any others I should look at, or is the X-Fi HD worth the trouble and just save up for something better down the road?
 
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Do you mean DAC or sound card? I don't know of any good DACs with a mic input..
 
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My X-Fi HD USB has a mic input, the Astro Mixamp has a mic input, and even the Fiio E9 (I know, it's an amp not a DAC) has a mic input. There's not many, but they are out there.
 
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Maybe just get a USB microphone?
 
My TonePort UX1 has a microphone input, but it's only intended for guitar and microphone input, it's not a DAC/Amp, but it does function like that in a sense I guess.
 
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I'd get a USB microphone and Yulong U100 as my DAC/Amp and use them seperately, but that is just me.
 
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