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Cheapest transparent DAC with optical?

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Subject should give it away. Would like the cheapest DAC I can find that is transparent. Tons of choices for USB but not as many for optical it seems.
 

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I guess I don't need it to be that transparent. A kardas board would be fine if it supported optical. Anything better as in cheaper than a topping D10? or would it be worth it just to spend a bit more for DX3pro?

This will primarily be for a chromecast audio.
 

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@amirm disdains S/PDIF inputs, because nobody uses them.

(I do.)

Sorry for these useless posts, I don't have a memory for which has what, not being in shopping mode.
 

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I guess I don't need it to be that transparent. A kardas board would be fine if it supported optical. Anything better as in cheaper than a topping D10? or would it be worth it just to spend a bit more for DX3pro?

This will primarily be for a chromecast audio.
Be careful, Topping D10 has optical OUT but no optical IN. I think you want an optical IN, right?
 
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I have enough computers laying around that I could probably just run everything off of a PC of some kind. Intel Compute Stick in one room and maybe a first gen Microsoft Surface in another. I have eight chromecast audio's though and I really like being able to group them together into zones (provided Google fixes their last Home update) and be able to control them from my phone or voice.
 

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The DAC inside the Chromecast Audio is pretty decent. Did you try it?
I've been using it for years in multiple rooms and have been perfectly happy with it. I know my ears well enough that I would not notice the difference through any of my current speakers. I do have one place where I tend to use headphones and would like to see if I can hear difference with a DAC there. It will likely plug into a Geshelli Labs Archel2 pro. I've got a SMSL Sanskit 10th anniversary on my desk at work but figured there would be something either better or cheaper than that. Maybe I was wrong. I frequently am.
 

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I have eight chromecast audio's though and I really like being able to group them together into zones (provided Google fixes their last Home update) and be able to control them from my phone or voice.
I have a few of them also and run them both off the spdif and as analogue source. Good enough for me.
Even use one as headphone DAC/amp from time to time.
 

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I do have one place where I tend to use headphones and would like to see if I can hear difference with a DAC there.
AMP or using the CCA directly?
 

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@amirm disdains S/PDIF inputs, because nobody uses them.

(I do.)

Sorry for these useless posts, I don't have a memory for which has what, not being in shopping mode.
My DAC has three SPDIF inputs in use! Blu ray, firetv (using an HDMI spdif output box) and PC (BNC).
 

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For those who still use disc players an optical input somewhere is still very useful. I have a pair of Sony blu ray players without analogue outputs and quite a few blu ray audio discs which I like a lot. For all I am not into high res there is a lot to be said for putting a disc of Bruckner or Mozart's complete symphonies or Wagner's ring into a disc spinner on a single disc and having it all there without bothering with a computer.
 

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It will likely plug into a Geshelli Labs Archel2 pro. I've got a SMSL Sanskit 10th anniversary on my desk at work but figured there would be something either better or cheaper than that. Maybe I was wrong. I frequently am.
I would get the Geshelli first, then a DAC.
But what headphones do you have? Do you need a Geshelli to begin with?
 
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I would get the Geshelli first, then a DAC.
But what headphones do you have? Do you need a Geshelli to begin with?
I have the Geshelli in hand. I wanted it just to have as well as to support the creators. I currently own Focal Elears, Sennheiser HD6xx, Oppo PM3, Grado 325's, Koss porta pros, Fostex T-XO. I'm in the process of selling a few pairs. I'm really salivating over the Aeon2's and had been looking at the closed back aeon's for awhile. I need to get rid of a few before I get something new.

You never know what I will be playing with next which is why I wanted something like the Geshelli Archel2 pro on hand.
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