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Hey guys, I'm gonna possibly be selling my sound card soon, so I was wondering what kind of DAC I should buy

I'm not very knowledgeable about DACs, but in case this is handy at all, I like listening to Jazz, Classical, and Rock mostly, and occasionally some Asian pop

For my headphones, I have AKG K701s and Audio Technica ESW9s

Hopefully this is enough information so you can help me out

I don't have quite enough for an amplifier right now, so that's for another time. I do plan on eventually getting one though.

Thanks!
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post #2 of 26
I heard the Musiland 02 DAC is pretty good. Im thinking of getting one myself soon.
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post #3 of 26
To be honest they're all pretty much crap at that price point. You're better off buying a DX if you want to sell your STX or don't have it anymore.
    
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post #4 of 26
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Originally Posted by yellowtoblerone View Post
To be honest they're all pretty much crap at that price point. You're better off buying a DX if you want to sell your STX or don't have it anymore.
I resent that statement. You could look into Audio-GD's "Sparrow", Yulong D100, Musiland, or the DAC Zero.
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post #5 of 26
I've looked fairly extensively at this price point and have settled on the uDAC2: http://estore.nuforce.com/products/N...con-uDAC2.html

I do plan on hooking this up to an amp in the future, so I primarily considered it on the merits of its DAC section.
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post #6 of 26
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Originally Posted by slytown View Post
I resent that statement. You could look into Audio-GD's "Sparrow", Yulong D100, Musiland, or the DAC Zero.
Agreed. Ive never owned a DAC but have heard many audiophiles mentioning good sub $200 DACs.
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post #7 of 26
All relative, esp when you look at what he already has. And in my say so all those ones slytown listed aren't great for the price in terms of an upgrade.
    
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post #8 of 26
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well, I would consider moving to something more expensive, but I can't as of now, since my money is a bit tight at the moment

Just looking for something that would be good for now at least

Thanks for the suggestions though guys
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post #9 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by mechtech;12004712 
I've looked fairly extensively at this price point and have settled on the uDAC2: http://estore.nuforce.com/products/NuForce-Icon-uDAC2.html

I do plan on hooking this up to an amp in the future, so I primarily considered it on the merits of its DAC section.

have the same one and its great.
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post #10 of 26
Something with a DAC/AMP combo will better drive the 701s.
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