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    So I want to build a DAC

    Hi all, So I want to build DAC. What would be a good chip to base it on? i2s interface (it will be USB via one of these: http://jlsounds.com/i2soverusb.html) Primarily for 16/44.1 formatted media. i don't see much point in going higher (unless anyone can convince me i should) No...
  2. pma

    Review and Measurements of the Roland UA-22 Duo-Capture Ex USB Audio Interface

    This is a review and detailed measurements of the Roland UA-22 Duo-Capture Ex USB Audio Interface (DAC/ADC). I bought it in the year 2015 as a small interface to make 2-channel microphone recordings in the field. The Duo-Capture costed about US $140. Duo-Capture has 2 balanced inputs, XLR/TRS...
  3. Piotr

    Budget combo

    Hi Audio Folks! I am new to this forum and hi-fi audio. My goal is to taste a bit of audiophile flavour and enjoy hi-fi music records from Tidal or Spotify premium. I've bought Philips X2HR/00 HP at 90€ and would like to go for a desktop DAC + HP amp combo, if it makes any difference...
  4. Matias

    Mola Mola Tambaqui Measurements

    Mola Mola Tambaqui DAC (€10,000 or $13,400). XLR output level 6.15 Vrms according to the manual. AudioPrecision APx555 measurements courtesy of the Audiophile Magazine review linked below. Full scale 1kHz Full scale 19+20kHz...
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    Total noob - How much SINAD do you actually need?

    I need help choosing DAC/Amp, but I am confused with these SINAD charts. Let's say I would like to enjoy this file here: FLAC (1059 kb/s, 44.1 kHz, 16 bits, 2 channels). -> the file is in 16 bit resolution, so SINAD 96-108 dB would be appropriate? This is the chart: SINAD █ >120dB (>20 bits)...
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    Need advice for buying amp/dac for HD6XX!

    Bought the HD6XX awhile back. I need to buy amp/dac combo or separately since I'm using these at my desk on my PC and my mobo isn't able to put out anywhere near enough to power these cans. So any suggested amp/dac's for this headphone to really make it shine but not break the bank. I'm in...
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    Which DAC for preamp use ?

    Hi everyone ! I currently have an Emotiva XPA 3 power amp that I use in Home Cinema on Kef R3. I would like to invest in a prampli / dac, taking usb or coax, having a 12v trigger if possible, and having a great sound! (a small screen displaying the sample rate etc would be top). Format : must...
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    Current Go to Value Dac

    Is the Khadas still the king in price to performance?
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    Balanced VS Sing-ended DACs,

    Hello! I'm a fellow newbie ""audiphile"". My question here is: I'm about to buy a new DACAMP I have 2 opitons (both used): Audio GD R2R 11 Audio GD HFB10.33 The R2R is a bit cheaper, but my problem here is that i can't decide which model would be better for me. The R2R Model uses a better...
  10. pma

    DAC vs. CD player shootout (measurements)

    CD player vs. DAC shootout I was curious to compare parameters of the nicely built CD player Vincent CD-S3 (2004) vs. a good but not the newest DAC, Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus (2012). Cambridge DacMagic Plus was already tested here. Vincent CD-S3 is a player with HDCD decoding option and has...
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    Nvidia shield usb dac compatibility

    Hi, could you post please well working nvidia shield usb dac combinations? I would like to buy a dac + xlr output + remote combo (eg m500, d5, adi2, su8, etc). i use actually the shield 2019 + musical fidelity v90. basically works well, but after a couple of days the youtube app stops within...
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    Thoughts on super cheap chi-fi brand DACs?

    Googling around I've found a lot of DACs like this one: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000096636809.html Only 48 bucks and free shipping for what I quote, is a "ES9038Q2M + XMOS XU208" DAC from some chinese brand called HIFIvv, which I cant seem to find any information on for the life of me...
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    DAC: to upsample or not to upsample?

    My music library is ripped from CDs at AIFF 44.1 kHz sample rate, playing on a 2013 MacBook Pro running Audirvana through its internal DAC connected to my integrated amp via 3.5mm-to-RCA. I'm also testing a Topping D10 USB DAC with the system. Is it best practice to disable upsampling in...
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    ifi Zen Dac, thoughts, reviews?

    Hi All, I didn't see too many reviews on this yet so I thought to ask, has anyone here purchased/listened to the ifi Zen Dac yet? I recently purchased the ifi Zen Dac for home use with my desktop machine, and am not really sure what to make of it. For anyone wondering, this thing here...
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    D10 + Atom amp Vs Dx3 pro

    Hello everyone! Iam thinking about a nice DAC/amp combination to pair with my incoming 58xx and I am struggling between these two options (considering money): Topping dx3 pro (First version!) - used for 6 months - 150€ Topping D10 + JDS Labs Atom - new - 230€ (80 + 150) I really like the...
  16. RickSanchez

    Sabaj D5 vs. SMSL M500 vs. Topping DX7 Pro: measurement comparison

    Due to overwhelming ASR member demand (kidding) I thought it would be interesting to compare three high-performing DAC/amp combos: the Sabaj D5 vs. the SMSL M500 vs. the Topping DX7 Pro. Thanks to @amirm for all of the measurements; all of this info is from him (unless otherwise noted), I'm...
  17. ishouldbeking

    Which USB out: laptop or dock USB jack?

    After a recommendation on this site to consider using an Apple USB-C dongle as an external DAC (with a USB-C female to USB-A male adapter), I'm now curious if there's any reason to choose one USB output jack over another between the USB jacks on my thinkpad yoga vs the thinkpad onelink dock. I...
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    Yulong Canary II (DAC+AMP)

    I'm seeing on Ali, it seems well buit and it claims to have a class A headphone amp, what would make it a bargain for the price around 250 dollars. They claim the DAC section has been upgraded with some fancy FPGA, femtosecond, etc...
  19. ishouldbeking

    Considering diving in: amp vs amp/DAC question

    Hi all. Long time reader, first time caller. I've been dabbling with headphones for years without taking the plunge into dedicated headphone amps or DACs, but as I start to consider more power hungry cans, I'm thinking it might be time to upgrade my source. I'm familiar with the various brands...
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    DAC and AMP recommendation for hd58xx

    Hello, a few months back I purchased the hd58xx per recommendation on reddit from a lot of people and I have become more and more of a audio enthusiast and wanted to help my headphones sound better and drive them louder as they don't get very high. After a few days of reading reviews I've come...
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