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advice needed on new dac to replace my grace balanced dac

new dac to replace my grace balanced dac


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dreadknot

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NEED your thoughts and advice

on this recently my grace standard balanced dac has had a bad flaw
develop the left ch output
for both the rca & xlr has dropped by 40% in volume making a huge imbalance

with the alsamixer in linux has helped slightly but the rebalancing
has reduced overall

volume output greatly so a replacement is needed in your option what
the best pick to
get for the cost my two current options are

the

TOPPING E50 DAC with some 1/4 to xlr cables from

or the

TOPPING D10 Balanced Desktop DAC also with some 1/4 to xlr cables from

or the

SMSL D-6 DAC (this is the one im leaning towards for the spec price an proform)


or the

SMSL M200 DAC Bluetooth Power Amplifier with blue-tooth to the pc vs

usb if that good or would hurt the sound quality ?

also will the custom 1/4 to xlr from https://colubercable.com/products/custom-cable

work right

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Dunring

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The Topping d10b is a great DAC and the Amazon basics USB cable on a Febsmart 2 port USB card makes it sound terrific. If you don't need all the other features it's a solid choice. Also the monoprice premier xlr to 6.35mm work well and look so much better than those huge adapters that come with it.
 

kchap

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Depends on what you need in the way of features. I have the D10B. It's perfect for my amp and streamer in the lounge room; power comes from the streamer via the USB interface and no optional settings. I assume the D-6 is new. It may be better for you if you need to change inputs, level etc.
 
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