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    Good MQA capable DAC under $300 (preferable at/under $200)?

    Hi, I've been looking for a dual-purpose DAC/amp/preamp for my systems. One of them being an IEM, a Campfire Audio IO; and a stereo system: A sony str-dh190 connected to a pair of Fyne Audio F302's Right now, I'm just using the 3.5mm port of my phone and laptop, occasionally using Bluetooth (on...
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    Help choosing rpi4 digital HAT (transport only)

    My primary DAC for this transport will be an RME ADI-2 DAC FS, which needs to link to a network server several rooms away (currently experimenting with Roon). I will connect to the transport using coax (a media PC currently occupies the USB input on the ADI-2). Please note the ADI-2 does not...
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    DAC for TIDAL Master - Meridian Explorer v1 DAC / Ztella MQA DAC / Hiby FC3 / IFI ZEN DAC / Topping D10

    I would like to purchase a better option for listening to Tidal Master both on my desktop and on my cell phone. I own a Philips Fidelio x1s headphone and a KZ ZS10 Pro I thought of some options: Ztella (versão MQA) HiBy FC3 Temptec Sonata Hd Pro Meridian Explorer v1 DAC and Desktop Options...
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    Audio from PC - budget $500, very newbie

    Hi, I've got a PC, it's got a stock sound card and USB ports. It runs linux, if that matters. Today my active creative T40 speakers began playing up, crackling. I tried switching the power supply, same problem. Headphones in the same jack work fine, so it's not the source. I'm a bit...
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    Dac suggestion

    Hi all Been lurking for a while here reading reviews and opinions etc (among other sites) i want to start with i am no Audiophile but i love good sound and i love music in general recently i bought the Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 250 ohm and while looking for dac/amp i found the Beyerdynamic A20...
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    Help! PlayStation 5 audio setup issues.

    Hi everyone, I need some help with the PS5 audio options. I have two active monitors (Adam t5v, XLR and RCA inputs) and I would like the ps5 audio to go out there to watch movies etc. I heard that I can use USB DACs but I am not an expert on the subject ... can someone explain to me what I need...
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    Finally arrived - Gustard X16 DAC and Topping A90 headphone amp

    The long wait is finally over. New Gustard X16 DAC and Topping A90 headphone amp arrived today from ShenzhenAudio in China. Glad to know that the balanced headphone cable from Audiophile Ninja works (had no easy way of testing it before now). So far so good. Not much to say that hasn't...
  8. GoldenOne

    MQA Deep Dive - I published music on tidal to test MQA

    EDIT: UPDATED with most current information. Introduction MQA is a proprietary music compression solution that uses the FLAC container. It requires a license fee for manufacturers to implement it, and due to the lack of transparency from MQA, there has been relatively little conclusive...
  9. rpala

    Schiit Modi 3+ vs Topping E30 vs SMSL Sanskrit 10th MK II

    Starting low budget in the HiFi world. I want to buy an entry level DAC, about 100 dollars, with usb, S/PDIF & Toslink Inputs. Important note: Will mainly use the USB input most of the time. I want to upgrade from feeding Tidal tracks from my MacBook Pro headphones output to my set. I...
  10. audio_noob_69

    Audio noob wants help with portable headphone DAC/AMP selection

    Dear members of Audio Science Review, Lately I have been trying to figure out how to upgrade my music listening experience. I own the Sony MDR-ZX660 headphones. I listen to music using my laptop or my phone. Usually, I listen to mp3 files (320kbps). I am not satisfied with the sound quality of...
  11. RickSanchez

    THX's first consumer product: Onyx portable DAC/amp

    Obviously THX has spent many years partnering with audio companies to design and certify devices. But I believe this is the first THX direct to consumer device: the Onyx AAA portable DAC/amp. https://www.thx.com/onyx (US $200) Source: Gizmodo Source: THX
  12. mononoaware

    DAC direct to Monoblock Power Amplifier Gain Calculations (Number crunching needed)

    Hi everyone, (Sorry mistakes edited) After reading many forum threads online and with the help of calculators etc, calculations made but think I have some errors. I apologise for the long post, I will do my best to keep it concise. Objective: With the limited specifications available, I would...
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    Spend more on Amp or DAC?

    I'm currently looking for an amplifier and DAC for the hd800s. It is my first experience going from "mid-fi" to the "hi-fi" world :) and I'm wondering if it is best to spend slightly more of my budget on the amp or the DAC. Since I need an amp with remote control support (which limits my...
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    Topping E30 and Bluesound Node 2i auto power on/off not working?

    Hi folks, I have a new Topping E30 that is connected via coax to my Node 2i and via Toslink to my TV. I have the E30 set to auto power on & off. The auto power on and off works fine with the TV but will not work when playing through the Node 2i - the Topping does not wake from standby from the...
  15. silentt29

    Difficulty Comparing New DAC / Headphone Amp Setup to Computer

    I recently upgraded my computer audio setup to a Schiit Modi 3+ DAC (connected to my desktop via USB) and Schiit Magni Heresy headphone amplifier (both based on Amir's reviews) from my onboard audio components on my Gigabyte B450 Aorus M gaming motherboard. I'm currently using AKG K240 studio...
  16. lealoureiro

    Suggestion Streamer/DAC/PreAmp as Roon endpoint

    Hello All, Any suggestions of good DAC/Streamer that works as Roon Ready Endpoint ? One of the important things for me is that volume could also be controlled via Roon so avoid playing with volume in multiple places. Also balanced analog outputs would be good. I'm planing to connect to a DIY...
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    Can a DAC cause channel imbalance?

    Can a DAC like cause channel imbalance? Can low VRMS from a DAC to an amp cause channel imbalance? Asking out of curiousity.... My friend has a Chord Qutest and he things it is causing channel imbalance and I don't have a clue about this kind of things. Thanks! :)
  18. dpippel

    FS: S.M.S.L M200 Balanced DAC - Like New

    Great sounding, well measured DAC with a lot of functionality. Original owner. Purchased from Amazon in June of 2020. Sparingly used. Includes all of the original packaging, remote, power supply, Bluetooth antenna, USB cable, and instructions - everything you'd get with a new unit. $225 - Price...
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    Pre Amp Needed?

    Hi, just wanting to get some advice as i am kind of new to this. I was wanting to know if a Pre amp is needed if intend to connect a Denafrips Aeries II Dac to ELAC NAVIS ARB51 Speakers? So i currently have a Bluesound Node 2i Connected via RCA into a pair of ELAC NAVIS ARB 51 Active Bookshelf...
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    Top 5 streamer devices by ASR community

    Is there a consensus among ASR community about what are the best Audio Streamers today on the market? From Allo Digione signature to Cambridge Audio CXN V2, what are the top 5 more recommended and mentioned streamers?
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