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  1. #1
    Founding Wammer jonjin's Avatar
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    WTD: Cheap DAC for computer set-up

    Been busy these few weeks. Now faced with a move to London and smaller accommodation. So the big speakers and all the lovely LPs will be going into storage... *sniff

    Currently scouting around for a cheap DAC as the new system will probly be computer-based. Might make me listen to more different types of music as well. Amp will be my trusty Decware SET and speakers DIY Fostex 167.

    So any suggestions for a DAC welcome.

    Ta,

    JJ

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    Wammer dim_span's Avatar
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    £140 gets you a new musical fidelity V-Dac .... works ok (for the price) and will be cheaper 2nd hand on ebay ...

    there are cheaper ones around, but not sure if they are better or equal to the MF ....

  3. #3
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    VALAB USB DAC from eBay, or the SuperPro 707: both cheaper and just as good/better with upgradeable power supplies.

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    Wammer nsherin's Avatar
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     Wharfedale 10.3
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    If you've got an old Mini Disc deck lying around, then these make great DACs - for any digital source. Simply connect your PC (via coax or optical to it) and the MD deck to your amp. Select the correct input on the MD deck and then press 'Record' with no disc in the unit. Job done.
    Apple TV 3, NAD C315BEE/C541i, Project Phono Box E, Rega P1, Sony MDS-JB980/PS3/ST-S261 Slim, Samsung UE40D5520, Wharfedale Diamond 10.3, Yamaha KX-580

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    Wammer
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    I've just discovered this, linking my laptop via my Sony MD deck and Behringer UCA202 - what a difference, clarity and detail now in abundance. Best upgrade for ages !

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    Got a beresford 7510 here you could have for £70 delivered.

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    Super Wammer Lord Nitrogen's Avatar
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    Mint Beresford 7520 with opamp upgrade for £90 delivered.

    USB input as well as coax/toslink.
    ‘I have a hunch that [ . . . ] the unknown sequences of DNA [will decode into] copyright notices and patent protections’. -- Donald E. Knuth.

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    Founding Wammer jonjin's Avatar
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    Thanks for the offers, will scout around and read up abit more...

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    PM sent to Lord Nitrogen
    So much music, so little time...

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    Wammer Timbo's Avatar
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    Pioneer old school full width digital pre-amp/DAC SPD/07, £45 delivered.

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