Discussion in 'Hi-Fi Stereo Systems & Separates' started by Higibuilder, May 2, 2017.
As above please guys .
Not enough info/ do you need usb, optical , coaxial, all of them?
It's to be used for my Shanling cdt100 player so I can use it as a cdt so just coax in .
At the moment I'm using a Audionote Dac 1
depends on your luck and the day, you actually want to purchase.
M-DAC is a very tried and tested quality DAC.
But if your budget can go up a little, I have heard fantastic stuff about this one.
Wyred 4 Sound DAC-2 | eBay
I'm sure you can get a Benchmark DAC1 for £500.
Good DAC - but no USB - so future upgrade or use is limited.
Not in the class of Wyred4sound though.
I'm not so sure if the difference in DACs is that much to warrant huge spends, but then again I'm not so experienced with really expensive stuff.
My friend bought an Arcam irdac 2 the other day for 300 pounds new. Loads of inputs and I thought it sounded great. It does more thought, it's a preamp and headphone amp also. This may imply its less if a DAC but I was well impressed. Didn't get to try headphones, but as a stand alone DAC it's rather good
Thanks for the great info guys
USB etc will be no use as I've separated my hifi from my AV so really its cd playback only . Was hoping to find the most simple yet great sounding unit within my budget .
If you have £500 to spend, I'm curious why you are looking for a USED DAC. I mean fit that is what you want, fine. but there are some very nice NEW DACs around £500.
Cambridge Audio - DACMagic 100 - Richer Sounds
Cambridge Audio - DACMagic Plus - Richer Sounds
Audiolab M-DAC Digital to Analogue Convertor - Superfi
The Cambridge Audio DACMagic Plus (24b/348k) has 1 input withe Optical/Coaxial, a second input with Optical/Coaxial, and a third input with USB-PC. Priced at a very reasonably £250.
The Audiolabs M-DAC is just trace over budget NEW, but the various iteration of the M-DAC should be available for a very attractive price USED.
The ARCAM irDAC is not only a DAC, but also a Bluetooth APT-X Receiver, and easily priced under your budget.
The more modest Cambridge Audio DACMagic 100 (24b/192k) is well under your budget and has Optical/Coaxial and USB-PC Inputs
In used, certainly consider CHORD DACs which are generally very well regarded.
Far be it for me to try to change your mind, just a little info:
USB is for Hifi use only! I have not seen it used in AV systems (but haven't seen everything yet).
It is used when you have your music either downloaded, streamed or ripped into your computer, which could be of higher quality to your CD's - there are SACD rips, high definition audio streaming services avaulable - CD's are merely 16bit -44.1KHz , these days we are talking 24bit 88.2KHz and better, even on some back catalogues!
Most computers do not have any other means of outputing pure untouched digital music save for USB and network.
Should you decide to include a computer to your hifi system, you'll find the lack of USB disturbing.
Besides, if a DAC has no USB input, it is most probably an older design.
on the other hand if it has network facilities (wifi or wired) it is most probably the latest design.
P.S. the Wyred4sound DAC I had mentioned, is sold now - it was really cheap for what it was.
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