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01-27-2008, 03:21 PM
Hi everyone,

Please bare with me I'm fairly new to buying hardware to improve my music so some of my questions maybe a little dull

I'm looking to buy a new USB Dac because I have a beautiful television and stereo system but my laptop's speakers are absolutely terrible at best. I'm sick and tired of trying to listen to anything on it and I just recently found out what a USB Dac was and well.... I want one. lol

I only have a budget of about $300, but a friend of mine just bought a firestone audio fubar III and absolutely loves it (for reference, this is the website and specs: http://www.miniatureaudio.com/fubar3.html)

Sticking with the firestone theme I since did some research and apparently they are very good value for the cost based on the 2 or 3 reviews I read (if someone can confirm this for me please I would appreciate it). I was wondering what the difference is though between a "24 bit DAC" such as the spitfire (again for reference, here is the specs: http://www.miniatureaudio.com/spitfire.html). I don't really understand what this one does that the fubar does not or vice versa?

I am also open to ANY USB Dac you would recommend to me at my price range. This just stemmed from a friend of mine enjoying his but please by all means suggest anything that I can check out. I don't want to spend my budget on something that I could have ended up with a superior product.

Thanks everyone for your replies!

01-29-2008, 04:41 AM
Scott Nixon's USBChibi DAC (http://www.scott-nixon.com/dac.htm)is a good alternative as are the Headroom Micro DACs (http://www.headphone.com/products/headphone-amps/the-micro-line/2007-headroom-micro-dac.php)

also consider browsing this thread (http://forums.audioreview.com/showthread.php?t=22028). The Fubar was discussed there.

good luck!

EDIT: Is there a reason why you want a Miniature DAC? Small size is only going to drive cost up. Pacific Valve and Electric (http://www.pacificvalve.us/DACS.html) offers several USB DACs under $300 and at least one under $200. I've been tempted by the DIYEDEN Great March USB DAC $220 as well as the Fubar.

audio amateur
01-29-2008, 04:46 AM
I think the fubar is around 300$. i'm trying to get a hold one