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I'm curious if there are any inexpensive portable USB DACs that i could use with my laptop (Asus UL30vt).

My FLAC library on my sig rig sounds amazing, but listening on my laptop leaves much to be desired. Not really sure how to describe it, but when listening to bass heavy music every time there is a heavy low end note it seems like the volume decreases slightly in order to produce the low note.

I was thinking that using a inexpensive USB DAC would get rid of this problem, as i can hardly stand to listen to certain albums with the volume fluctuating all over the place.
    
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tbh, any usb-powered DAC will do.

M-Audio
Terratec
Tascam etc.

Should be able to pick one up for around £100
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Make sure you get the one with the USB input: Zero DAC
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Those are good suggestions, but i was thinking more like the smallest yet inexpensive DAC. I remember seeing some DAC made out of a altoids box a few years ago and i was thinking something along that size.
    
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Originally Posted by Higgins;12673878 
Those are good suggestions, but i was thinking more like the smallest yet inexpensive DAC. I remember seeing some DAC made out of a altoids box a few years ago and i was thinking something along that size.


http://www.jdslabs.com/
Edited by kiwwanna - 3/9/11 at 6:30pm
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post #6 of 11
only a cmoy headphone amp uses an altoids box to my knowledge, if you want something small you could order a GrubDAC Kit from Beezar it fairly cheap and gets some good feedback but only if you are willing to put it together yourself.

also for about $100 you could go with the Fii0 E7 which also seems to get some good feedback you can buy those of amazon.
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by Higgins;12673878 
smallest yet inexpensive DAC.

NuForce Icon uDAC
post #8 of 11
I use this, seems to be decent. I got it because it has two headphone outs, so someone else can listen too.

http://www.headphone.com/headphone-amps/headroom-total-airhead.php
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post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by groundzero9;12674960 
NuForce Icon uDAC

I'm really liking this one and the head-fi reviews were great.

Of course i could use it with my AD700s, but i usually use my pair of ATH-CKS70s with my laptop. Would i just need to keep the dedicated knob turned down so i don't over power the IEMs?
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Higgins;12676592 
I'm really liking this one and the head-fi reviews were great.

Of course i could use it with my AD700s, but i usually use my pair of ATH-CKS70s with my laptop. Would i just need to keep the dedicated knob turned down so i don't over power the IEMs?

Set the volume on the laptop to max and adjust the volume with the knob on the DAC.
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