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    Question about any low cost DACs on Amazon?

    Does any one have any recommendations on low cost i.e Below $30 DACs from Amazon that are worth the money? I see a pretty large range if them available.


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    St. Louis, MO, USA
    No DAC is worth buying at $30. I think the DAC in your $35k receiver would be all you need.
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    St. Paul, Minnesota
    I bought a Fiio D3 for $27 last year and it sounds decent for what it is. I bought it fr TV and used it in my daughters budget stereo system and it sounded at least as good if not better than the DAC in her Yamaha HTR AVR. FiiO D3 Digital to Analog Audio Converter - 192kHz/24bit Optical and Coaxial DAC: Musical Instruments

    These DAC's from are supposed to have pretty good sound and are sabre based-

    Ready made
    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
    Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Luxman DA-06 DAC
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Dual Martin Logan Original Dynamo Subs
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
    Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
    Velodyne CHT 8 sub

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    St. Louis, MO, USA
    That doesn't put a good light on the Yamaha receiver.

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    Phila combat zone JoeE SP9's Avatar
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    Jun 2003
    Philadelphia, PA
    I've been using a Behringer UCA222 with a laptop and a Bravo V2 for a portable laptop based system. Does it sound as good as my MSB or Emotiva XDA-2? Well, no. However, it sounds better than the onboard chips in any of my laptops (3).

    In addition it functions as an ADC so I use it for ripping LP's. It has a maximum bit/sample rate of 16/48. That may be problem for some.
    ARC SP9 MKIII, VPI HW19, Rega RB300
    Marcof PPA1, Shure, Sumiko, Ortofon carts, Yamaha DVD-S1800
    Behringer UCA222, Emotiva XDA-2, HiFimeDIY
    Accuphase T101, Teac V-7010, Nak ZX-7. LX-5, Behringer DSP1124P
    Front: Magnepan 1.7, DBX 223SX, 2 modified Dynaco MK3's, 2, 12" DIY TL subs (Pass El-Pipe-O) 2 bridged Crown XLS-402
    Rear/HT: Emotiva UMC200, Acoustat Model 1/SPW-1, Behringer CX2310, 2 Adcom GFA-545

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