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Hey guys I'm in the market for a DAC, my max budget I'm willing to put down is $200. I will be using it for my desktop and laptop. I would like it to have both optical and usb as inputs. I will be using this with my starving student tube amp to power my HD595's and SR325is if that matters.
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post #3 of 18
Maverick audio tube magic D1 is good:

http://www.mav-audio.com/base/product/tube_magic_d1

OR look up some of the offerings on audiogd's site within your price range, apparently I heard the NFB-12 uses dual Wolfson DAC chips (****) and is promoing around $200:

www.audio-gd.com
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The NFB-12 doesn't have dual DAC's. But it does look pretty nice, is there a USA site/store that sells them?
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post #5 of 18
Yes it does have dual chips
http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/Headphoneamp/NFB12/NFB12EN.htm

and you can buy it from the site or from ebay I think. I don't think there is a USA reseller. Don't worry, yes it's far in China but many haven't had a problem with shipping.
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post #6 of 18
Your better off posting this at headfi.org but there are a dozen routes you can go from headroom ( if your sticking to just headphones ) or there are a dozen companies that make DAC's that cost from 50-250$.


BTW whos the women in your avatar shes beautiful.
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Ok thanks for the info. I have been looking around headfi but haven't bothered posting a thread.

Her name is Hwang Mi Hee and she is gorgeous!
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post #8 of 18
look at a hifiman EF2 tube dac/amp there under $200. the stock tube are a little brite for the senns. for about $10 you can buy a different set of tubes. i just bought one for my senn hd555

[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6BleBI_nFM&feature=related[/ame]
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LOL tubes mounted on pcb...
    
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post #10 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by yellowtoblerone;13915694 
LOL tubes mounted on pcb...

i dont get it?
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