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    OK People , recommend me a DAC please

    Needs to be idiot proof ( ME ) if such a thing exists to run from my mac usb

    I will be downloading from Amazon prime ( whatever file type they use ? )

    Dont want to spend lots as I am only dipping my toe in the DAC world , I love analog
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    If you're looking for biggest value for low money, look at Schiit DACs. They do a wide range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon_LDT View Post
    If you're looking for biggest value for low money, look at Schiit DACs. They do a wide range.
    Thank you Simon I will have a look see
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    Xiang Sheng DAC 01A http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/XiangSheng...-/310403538260

    Or better still http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/XiangSheng...-/310403538260

    Excellent performer.
    Take the valve out and use the standard output sockets, it runs cooler and avoids the compromised coupling caps for the valve stage.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebottle View Post
    Xiang Sheng DAC 01A http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/XiangSheng...-/310403538260

    Or better still http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/XiangSheng...-/310403538260

    Excellent performer.
    Take the valve out and use the standard output sockets, it runs cooler and avoids the compromised coupling caps for the valve stage.


    Err Are they not the same one
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    iFi Audio DACs are nice.
    Regards Neil

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    Yes Al but the second link is cheaper

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebottle View Post
    Yes Al but the second link is cheaper

    Double
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    Default Beresford ?

    What about a UK designed Beresford DAC ? I had one of the earlier ones and I found it to be very musical and among the most enjoyable I've had so far (I'm a bit of a DAC swapper). The new ones are even better from what I read from other users. My advice would be to spend a little more on a first DAC. Like with a first guitar, better spend a little more on a quality instrument than be disappointed and have it stand around in a corner collecting dust I'm sure you could even find a second hand one very cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebottle View Post
    Xiang Sheng DAC 01A http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/XiangSheng...-/310403538260

    Or better still http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/XiangSheng...-/310403538260

    Excellent performer.
    Take the valve out and use the standard output sockets, it runs cooler and avoids the compromised coupling caps for the valve stage.

    there is this one too which seems to have the same sort of layout (with tube, etc.). I had one, but wasn't overly impressed by it. Found it very "warm" and cosy if that makes sense.

    http://www.mav-audio.com/base/product/tube_magic_d1

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