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Hey guys i need help on deciding which dac i need now,i am running on a low budget of 100 and below. The features are good sound quality for the price, i would want it for home use no need for portability. I will need a pure dedicated dac for use with a beyer dt 880 premium with a usb source and also from the general 3.5 headphone jack. This dac would be pair with a govibe peak amp then through the beyers.


I have found a few cheaply price DACs
fiio d3
fiio e7
nuforce udac 2
any other recommendations?

From googlin i found out that the d3 dac is better tv use right?? Can it be used through a headphone amp which data put through a twin rca red white cable?? i am not to sure on the wiring!
Edited by Toschloss - 4/25/12 at 6:07am
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FiiO D3 only takes S/PDIF (coaxial digital or optical digital) input, with no USB data input option. Considering the price and how FiiO puts it in the D series rather than E series, it's probably not that great. I'm assuming it's not going to be a lot better than the D5, which takes USB input and is not better than similarly-priced alternatives (unlike a lot of FiiO options). If you need, 3.5mm to RCA cables and adapters are common and no problem.

Nuforce uDAC-2, given the price, should be avoided. There are a few glaring issues that can be easily mitigated, but it's not worth bothering.

FiiO E10 is pretty much better than the E7 in every single way except that you can't use it as a portable amp, which doesn't matter to you. Take a look at this.

If you're doing volume adjustment on the amp and not in software, and don't have lots of 24 / 96 music and want something cheaper, also take a look at the Creative X-Fi Go! It's USB and can be run properly from native OS drivers, in case you don't want any Creative bloatware. For feeding a headphone amp, it's the best USB option in that price range.
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I am looking for a dac with both usb and 3.5mm source options,but i will check the creative version out.
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i'm using the E7/E9 Combo and it works great
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I already own a headphone amp now all i need is a dac. I am interested in the fiio e7e9 combo but it might be out of my.budget!
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The ODAC just released actually, and if I were you, that would be what I would be looking into getting.

Link to the announcement

It measures far superior to anything in its price range, and while certainly not as good as the $1600 DAC1 Pre, subjectively, there is almost zero audible difference if his measurements are accurate (which I am inclined to believe they are.)

While you can't DIY it like his O2 amp, the retail price from a distributor should be ~$100.
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The ODAC looks really interesting. Will it be just sold as a PCB or will it come in a housing?

From my extensive research in the past few days (I'm looking to buy a DAC as well) the E10 seems to be a better performer than the E7 except it isn't portable. I also think it looks much nicer. And apparently the uDAC doesn't sound that good in comparison to some other offerings.

I was going to buy the E10 but then I saw the Audioengine D1 which I may end up getting (it's $100 more).
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The ODAC looks really interesting. Will it be just sold as a PCB or will it come in a housing?
From my extensive research in the past few days (I'm looking to buy a DAC as well) the E10 seems to be a better performer than the E7 except it isn't portable. I also think it looks much nicer. And apparently the uDAC doesn't sound that good in comparison to some other offerings.
I was going to buy the E10 but then I saw the Audioengine D1 which I may end up getting (it's $100 more).

Odds are the third party manufacturer will put it in some sort of housing.
You could DIY his O2 amp without one, but when it went on sale (assembled) HERE, JDSLabs put it in an enclosure. It seems that it is up to the discretion of the retailer.

If you're looking into buying JUST a DAC then it is a solid choice (probably the best), but of course, that is all it is. If you need headphone outputs, the E17 may be more to your liking. (I have no knowledge of the D1)
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Will this work
source->odac->govibe peak->then headphone out
what are the source option on this odac
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Will this work
source->odac->govibe peak->then headphone out
what are the source option on this odac

Yep!

You'll want to get a 3.5mm to dual RCA cable. Plug the 3.5mm jack into the line-out on the ODAC, and then the dual RCA into the back of the GoVibe Peak.

The only output on the ODAC is the 3.5 mm line-out, and it connects via USB.
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