What next after the Signstek/Muse 2704 dac?

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Lol999

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What next after the Signstek/Muse 2704 dac?
« on: 10 Dec 2017, 02:12 pm »
I've got a Signstek and it was a revelation but I've got a few quid to spend potentially and I fancy something a bit better.

Budget is below £100/$130 and it has to be usb input with a headphone output, and it will be driving 32ohm AKG cans. Portability is not an issue as it's fastened to my laptop.
I'll admit I have a soft spot for the "oddness" of some of the Chinese stuff, but I do worry about the import duties to the UK. I like a wide soundstage with a forward balance in my audio equipment and I listen to rock such as Black Stone Cherry and AC/DC.
I am not averse if absolutely necessary to buying a readymade dac board and putting it in its own box myself.

Let's have 'em!

Poultrygeist

Re: What next after the Signstek/Muse 2704 dac?
« Reply #1 on: 12 Dec 2017, 11:20 am »
I'm enjoying the $99 Topping D30 I bought from Massdrop. It's every bit the equal of my more expensive Schiit Modi MB.

https://www.head-fi.org/threads/topping-d30-dsd-dac-xmos-cs4398.821559/

Lol999

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Re: What next after the Signstek/Muse 2704 dac?
« Reply #2 on: 12 Dec 2017, 03:06 pm »

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Re: What next after the Signstek/Muse 2704 dac?
« Reply #3 on: 12 Dec 2017, 06:43 pm »
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Lol999

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Re: What next after the Signstek/Muse 2704 dac?
« Reply #4 on: 15 Dec 2017, 09:47 pm »
In the end I opted for the Sabaj Da2. Apart from my surprise at how tiny the damned thing is on first listening it sounds pretty good!

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Re: What next after the Signstek/Muse 2704 dac?
« Reply #5 on: 16 Dec 2017, 05:20 pm »
I'm enjoying the $99 Topping D30 I bought from Massdrop. It's every bit the equal of my more expensive Schiit Modi MB.

https://www.head-fi.org/threads/topping-d30-dsd-dac-xmos-cs4398.821559/

Comes with nice large clocks. You should be able to swap those out easy with your skills. Don't even have to go expensive. Fox Xpressos are only a couple bucks. I'd put that as a must do.