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My budget is about $140, i was considering the uDac 2, but if anyone else has another good one, please tell me
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http://www.pacificvalve.us/AgdSparrow.html

I was looking at this or the upgraded version, either way you get a dac and headphone amp in one.
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www.nuforce.com/hp/products/iconudac2/

how does this compare to that one? i am not a very good expert at home audio, i am wanting to connect my laptop to a Receiver that has only RCA inputs. Unfortunately i need a DAC because of that, audio quality is important to me, but i am not an expert audiophile yet
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I haven't looked at what prices are (I forget how USD works), but I have a Cambridge Audio DacMagic. It'll probably be a little more, but it's very flexible and sounds amazing!
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^ That is WAY too expensive


$400 ?!!?!?!? thats not even a little above my budget, thats way over i guess i will buy a uDac 2 unless there is something better in the same price range
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The Sparrow does not have any outputs other than headphone so you will not be able to use it as a dedicated DAC.

The FUN or the NFB-12 can be used as a dedicated DAC and they are around $200 plus shipping. However, you may have to wait many weeks to receive them. I have been waiting about 6 weeks for my NFB-12 and it should be shipping out this week. My roommate has a FUN version A and it sounds awesome. My NFB-12 will have two DAC chips, the same DAC chip that is in the FUN. We have hooked the FUN up to our Cronus Magnum tube amp and Harbeth Monitor 30 anniversary edition speakers and the sound is phenomenal. I would really encourage you to spring for an Audio-GD product.

The Version B FUN comes with the AD1852 DAC chip. I am not familiar with this chip, but I believe you can upgrade to the WM8741 for $15. I really like the sound of this chip. It gives a very appealing sound to my ears without being harsh.

The FUN is currently in stock at Audio-gd's website. If you order now it should ship within a few days. They may have to custom build you one if you get a B version with the WM8741 chip and that will take about a week. They build them by hand and then thoroughly test and burn them in.
Edited by Greg121986 - 2/15/11 at 8:15am
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Originally Posted by Thedark1337 View Post
^ That is WAY too expensive Amazon.com: Cambridge Audio DacMagic Digital-to-Analog Converter with USB, Black: Electronics

$400 ?!!?!?!? thats not even a little above my budget, thats way over i guess i will buy a uDac 2 unless there is something better in the same price range
Ah, it might be cheaper in the UK as it is a British brand. Sorry
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Stretch another $60 and get the Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1.
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Stretch another $60 and get the Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1.
I had one of those and it was just OK. I had to return it because I bought it used and it turned out to be faulty. The input jacks were slightly loose, causing loss of signal sometimes. I did use it enough to be able to hear how it sounded and I have to say I was not impressed. Based on my roommate's Audio-GD FUN, I am certain Audio-GD products are far superior to the TubeMagic D1.

However, I have heard great things with the D1 and A1 combo. When the D1 is used alone it does not utilize the tube. The tube is utilized only when you are using the output of the D1. When the D1 is used in conjunction with the A1 or any other dedicated headphone amp it seems to be regarded as a great piece. But, it will end up costing $400++.
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