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Hey everyone I am thinking about picking up the parts to build a couple HPDAC integrated DAC (digital to analogue converter) and headphone amp in a small portable package. The unit would be totally powered by USB so there would be no need for any extra wires.

Basically it would give you surperb sound quality for listening to music. It is USB so it would totally bypass onboard sound or any sound card you might have. The audio out would be digital and the DAC would be much better then even the DACs in the X-Fi series of sound cards.

The amp section would be based on Tangent's (of tangentsoft.net) PINT headphone amp which is widely regarded as one of the best amps in it's price range (can be bought fully made and enclosed for under $100) and it can compete against headphone amps that cost 3x as much.

Combined this would be a great way to get better sound quality from your computer. I estimate that the total cost for parts case and shipping to be around $180-200 This is much cheaper than audiophile commercial solutions that would do the same thing.

here is some information about the project
http://www.ecp.cc/HPDAC.html
The desigern sells fully populated and enclosed HPDAC's for $195 + shipping and I think I can do it for around $180 + shipping or maybe even $180 shipped ConUS

So this is more of an intereste check.... Would people here be interested in something like this?
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