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The DAC or sound card would output to a amp powering a pair of bookshelf speakers. Thing is, computers are very noisy, so there's that. Thoughts?
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I would always go with a dedicated amp...it's a more versatile purchase
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post #3 of 15
I assume the bookshelf speakers are active?
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I would always go with a dedicated amp...it's a more versatile purchase
But with a DAC?
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I assume the bookshelf speakers are active?
No, a pair of Monitor30s. Might get some Energy CB-5s.
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post #6 of 15
then don't you need a speaker amp to hook up the speaker cable to?
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then don't you need a speaker amp to hook up the speaker cable to?
That's what I mentioned in my first post: an amp.
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post #8 of 15
Go with the DAC over the sound card.
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For the general area of 120 I would keep looking at other DACs. The uDac-2 is pretty good for the price, but unless you're buying it used and can save some coin, I would take other options in the vicinity.
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post #10 of 15
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For the general area of 120 I would keep looking at other DACs. The uDac-2 is pretty good for the price, but unless you're buying it used and can save some coin, I would take other options in the vicinity.
The only other DAC (Under 100 bananas) that I know of is the FiiO E7, but that only does 48hz/16bit. Can you link to me some suggestions?
Edited by Eugenester - 5/3/11 at 9:35pm
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