Desktop DAC for $300?
Posted 13 April 2017 - 04:35 PM Edited by ΣΓ, 13 April 2017 - 04:38 PM.
- Windows 10 compatbile
- Preferably has 2 headphone outputs
- Multiple instrument\mic inputs
- TRS or XLR monitor outputs
- and S/PDIF input (modern gaming consoles have that as output for sound)
I am willing to spend a little more if it's worth it. Most of the stuff I looked at doesn't seem to be as feature packed as the Focusrite stuff (at my price level) so I'm interested in your suggestions.
Posted 13 April 2017 - 07:58 PM
24- bit wireless DAC from a brand known for the outstanding quality of their audio hardware and incredible value for money.
Optical/USB in, Optical/Analogue out. W10 compatible. Plus the wireless. Not sure what they have in the way of headphone outputs on the transmitter side but the receivers certainly do.
I've got it's little brother, the D1, which is outstanding as a desktop DAC and headphone amp. I drive it straight off my motherboard over TOSLINK/SPDIF and output to a pair of active A2 speakers (soon to be replaced) or my K550s, the sound quality is astounding for the price. Plan is to add an N22 amp and a pair of HDP6 passive speakers for a full on audiophile grade system.
For that matter the D1 meets many of your criteria too, at less than $200
Posted 14 April 2017 - 04:13 AM Edited by ΣΓ, 14 April 2017 - 04:18 AM.
I see that you are going for the same brand for everything. I can't fault that but why would you use passive speakers? For $500 you can get a decent pair of active ones. In fact the Yamahas I want to get (HS8) are only slightly more expensive and they are universally praised in the producer scene (plus they have 8" woofers). They also do not come with RCA inputs. There are DACs out there that come with amps and everything. There's no need for so much gear when you can get it all packed into one device. But I'm not sure what to get yet.
Edit: I'm actually willing to spend as much as $500 if it's worth it.
Posted 14 April 2017 - 08:54 AM
Posted 14 April 2017 - 03:27 PM Edited by ΣΓ, 15 April 2017 - 01:56 PM.
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