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Question Best DAC under £150 for hifi


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Subject to debate. If I had 150 I'd confidentiality buy a Cambridge audio DAC magic 100

Don Dadda

Distinguished Member
The primare i22 has a onboard dac and maybe as good as any £150 dac suggested, so why by another?


Distinguished Member
Agree with Don Dadda, I think we need a few more details.

Here is the Primare i22 -

The I22 is a two x 80 watt integrated amplifier utilising our acclaimed proprietary UFPD power technology. It is designed to provide high power output with very low distortion and system control.

An optional DAC board is available for the I22, comprising three digital inputs for the upgrading of existing CD players via their digital outputs, and the streaming of music files from PCs and Macs. There is an isochronous USB-B input (16-24bit data at 44.1 to 96kHz), a TOSLINK connector (16-24 bit data at 44.1-192kHz) and SPDIF (16-24bit/44.1-192kHz). Specialised processing at the Isochronous USB-B input re-clocks the incoming data for reduced jitter and greater bit resolution through the DAC, optimising sound quality from music files.

Primare : I22 integrated amplifier

Now it only has ONE of each, 1xOptical, 1xCoaxial, and 1xUSB. So, I think we would need to know what additional device you have that require more Digital Inputs.

In that price range, I'm not sure you can do better than the-

Cambridge Audio DACMagic 100 - £169 -



This has a combined Optical/Coaxial Channel, a Coaxial Only Channel, and a single USB-PC Channel.

Here is a USB/Optical DAC for around £100 -


Here is another DAC for about £100, not the best performance though -

USB = 16b/44.1k or 48k

Optical = 24b/192k

CYP AUD150 USB and Optical Digital Audio Converter - Superfi

Still the USB is at least CD Quality of a bit better.

So, I think we would need to know what the goal is. It is to get more inputs, and of what kind? What Digital Devices will you be connecting?


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