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Another great sounding USB DAC that pulls way above its price: https://www.musicservertips.com/product-reviews/usb-dac-diy/
everything that this ebay seller is selling looks interesting. im thinking on picking up a dac board, an XU 208, a power supply and a box and make myself a cutting edge DAC
Hey Now,Picked up a Signstek DAC from the Amazon link (there was a discount coupon, $23.74 total) . Put it into my chain and it does sound very good. I replaced an iFi Nano doing DSD256 via HQPlayer and an RPi2 to a Pioneer VSX-D912 with Meadowlark Kestrels in my cheap & cheerful set up. I really can't believe how good it sounds. I am using an iFi iPurifier with it as well. I think I am going to get another one for the garage with another RPi2. Thanks wushuliu. Let us know when you tweak it. --Finest kind,Chris
How does it sound without the iFi Purifier?
Last update: I've of course made some mods to the dac. Nothing too crazy. I replaced the output caps with Silmic IIs and the power supply cap with a Nichicon. The output caps are definitely worth doing as they refine the sound quality. I also covered up the 5v USB pin and added a LT3045 power supply with a 4uV noise. Cheap too. And tiny. This stuff is getting so affordable now.
Hi Vlad, I powered the dac with an IFI iDefender and a lt3045 module I got off ebay. The LT is wired up to cheap a wallwart. If I have time this weekend I'll post pics.
Thank you so very much. I still do not understand how you powered this unit separately but that is what I need to do..
Here is a pic of the chain below. It is powered by the LT plugged into the iDefender. The LT3045 is hidden by the photo angle but it's thereThere are several vendors for the LT3045 and other ultra low noise boards. Here's are two popular ones:http://www.ebay.com/itm/LT3045-A-Ultralow-noise-0-8-Vrms-LDO-linear-regulator-0V-15V-1A-Fixed-out-/253115156739?hash=item3aeed6c903:g:N9cAAOSwFWVZpA7Khttp://www.ebay.com/itm/LT3045-1-5-15V-500mA-0-8uVrms-Ultra-Low-Noise-DC-Power-Supply-/391791437134?var=&hash=item5b3896e54e:m:mSH167r97uf2QusQgOWuW0g
I've been pursuing other hobbies for a while, but decide to resurrect my PC music setup.I set it aside when I blew something up lol.Just planning to try windows 10, wondering what playback sw you're using with win10?I may buy the sighstek dac after I get my setup going again, see how I like it.Randy
Wow, thats quite a chain there. THanks for the help!!!!Couple questions then I will leave you alone... Should specify 5volts correct? The wall wart for the power supply. Could use a 9v or 12v right?Sorry, I'm pretty green when it comes to this stuff.
Hey Randy. I'm using W10 Creator's update. I think its new windows USB drivers are an upgrade. Using Jplay minimserver and fidelizer for critical listening controlled by phone. The signstek tickles my fancy but don't know why. Ymmv.
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