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Thread: WTD: A Decent DAC for a budget of 300?

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    Join Date: Feb 2016

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    I'm Don.

    Default WTD: A Decent DAC for a budget of 300?

    Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen, can I have your attention please?

    What DAC can you sell me for 300? using the USB port as main input....?

    PM me with your offerings... Squires....

    Thanks in advance

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    Get a used Jolida FX Glass. Preferably with cap upgrade by OpenDoor of this parish. As good as any DAC you can buy for under 2000. There’s usually one for sale on the forums. As they were very popular. 300 should bag a Mk2.

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    I'm selling a very nice DAC Don it's a fraction of your budget but sounds very good and would cost a lot more if it wasn't Chinese. Two big transformers, Sabre chips in a true balanced configuration (with XLRs out), USB and SPDIF inputs, digital filters and volume.

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    Technics 1200 tweaked,Ianmac Bearing,DACT DIY Phono Pre, Belcanto CD-2, Engineered Switzerland DIY streamer, Benchmark DAC2, Hypex NCore, ATC SCM40
    2nd system --Engineered Switzerland DIY streamer, Sony CDP11,Topping D50 DAC, Hypex NCore. Kef 1point2 speakers. Ianmac Filters

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    I've got Gustard X10 Dac. IMHO very decent dac. Mint. 180 +PP

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    Don, go for the D70, you won't be disappointed.

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    I've a Teac UD-501 (in black) NM - yours for 300 inc PP
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaleMarsh View Post
    I've a Teac UD-501 (in black) NM - yours for 300 inc PP
    good dac colin..
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaleMarsh View Post
    I've a Teac UD-501 (in black) NM - yours for 300 inc PP
    mmm thats a bargain, got a Ud-ho1 here and its quite good
    1]bel canto pre 3 vbs, ice power amps /onkyo sacd, modwright jolida dac
    sonos, . tannoy eaton legacy 2]bel canto pre 3 vbs bc ref s500 marantz sa8005, black ice dsd dac and RFC impulse ta`us , track audio stands

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    Hi guys...A big thank you for all of your advice...I've narrowed it down to Firebottle/Ianmac & Kneesup, who are all the joint winners of suggestions...cheques in the post...
    Topping D70 is on the cards...Tony Roma was selling one but it's sold...I don't think he's had the chance to ammend his post...as for the Jolida FX Glass MK.2 also promising...as long as it gives me more than ye olde golde Beresford Caiman MK2 I had (which I still like...), then I'm happy!



    Now, is there either a D70 or Glass MK.2 out there up for sale?

    As a matter of interest, which of the above DAC is preferred/wins the shoot out?
    Last edited by donmarrese; 06-05-2020 at 19:02. Reason: prefafel

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