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The purpose of the higher priced DACs, for me, is just for technical comparison. I am not trying to catalog all DACs, just lower priced DACs; some higher priced ones have been added for WOW factor.
Are the prices of the DIY options the raw boards/components only? (i.e. not including case, power supply etc)Do you include digital crossovers with digital input and analog output (as they are, after all, DACs)?
No, honestly I've never heard of a digital crossover before. I vaguely understand what crossovers do for speakers, that's about it. I made this list to learn because I don't do this for a living, it's just a hobby, and one of many.
The criteria for the list were:- it must have outs to an amp, headphone out only DACs are excluded
All DACs on the list should have RCA outs, unless I missed some. I suppose it's possible that one with only balanced outs got on the list, but I'm pretty sure everything has RCA. If it only has headphone out, I meant to exclude it completely from the list.Is that what you mean?
Did everyone see this cheerful review?http://stereomojo.com/Grant%20Audio%20Tube%20DAC11.htm/GrantAudioTubeDAC11.htm
It would be nice to see a similar list of headphone amps...
I started making this list over on AudioKarma, just thought I'd share here too. The list has expanded beyond a $450 limit, in many cases just for comparison, but that price point and under is still the focus. I got the $450 number from the Cambridge DacMagic. It was the most expensive DAC I could see myself buying when I started the list. For the record, I still do not own a proper DAC because I can't decide! There are plenty of holes in the data. If you can help or have anything to add, post here and I'll see what I can do, or send me a message and I'll add you as a collaborator.List of DACs "Under $450"
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