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    Current Go to Value Dac

    Is the Khadas still the king in price to performance?
  2. K

    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...
  3. 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...
  5. L

    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...
  8. M

    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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  12. 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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    Sabaj D5 vs Topping DX7 Pro!

    G'day friends! Now I am certain there are plenty of others with the same dilemma! I am well aware that the DX7 Pro is yet to be measured by master Amirm but I have no doubt it will happen soon! I'm sure either of these high-grade DAC/Amps would make all of us happy. Do you see any reasons to...
  15. Hunts887

    FX Audio dac-x6 or Topping MX3?

    I was wondering if anyone had any recommendation between the 2, or another suggestion in that price range. I have seen the reviews on here for both but was wondering what everyone's thoughts were on the 2, or if there is a better suggestion. I have seen the DX3 Pro but I think that's a bit out...
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    Sound card up to $ 300

    I am looking for a sound card / DAC for my PC, primarily for listening to music on speakers and headphones. As a layman, I have an eye on Sound Blaster AE-7 or AE-9 sound cards. My speakers are set 2.1 and I do not plan to expand it. What sound cards do you recommend? Is it worth buying one of...
  17. Matias

    MSB DACs measurements

    I wonder if @amirm 's test would confirm these impressive numbers that MSB has once shared about its R2R DACs. Comments?
  18. B

    Mac mini (2014) > Matrix Audio Sabre Pro MQA

    I'm looking for a reasonable source/streamer for my Matrix DAC (Roon, Airplay, Spotify Connect) , that will be arriving shortly. One consideration is an Allo USB Bridge (with regular power supply). However I also have a Mac mini laying around. Would one be much better than the other...
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    SMSL SU-8 vs Matrix Audio X-Sabre Pro MQA

    I know that there is a massive price difference between the two, so the comparison should be quite unfair. However both meet my needs for a combined DAC/Preamp with balanced outputs and a remote. Has anyone heard both of these, and can comment if there is such a huge audible difference between...
  20. L

    This might be a silly question however will the DAC improve the overall audio of my PC?

    For example a song from youtube or an MP3 file etc OR is it only FLAC files? Does the D50S have specs that are good enough to pair with a high end system with an amplifier? Currently my speakers are the Audioengine A5+ which has an inbuilt amp. Thanks for the help! ☺️
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