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paulv   

Hi,

I am looking for a DAC without amplifier.

 

My future daughter-in-law is just starting her journey into hi-fi. I have provided her with Sennheiser HD600 headphones, and a Musical Fidelity X-can v2 headphone amp.

 

She will be going the digital route, hopefully with the highest quality digital files.

 

So, what DAC should she look at?  The budget will stretch to a max of $1000.

 

Thanks in advance for any advice

Paul

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Snoopy8   

Cannot go past a Gieseler Klein I or II (list of review here).  Fantastic sound for the money.

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soundfan   

Denafrips Ares at US $600.

Great dac, and superb value for it's cost.

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gz76   
16 hours ago, paulv said:

My future daughter-in-law is just starting her journey into hi-fi. I have provided her with Sennheiser HD600 headphones, and a Musical Fidelity X-can v2 headphone amp.

 

What a great father-in-law. You don't have any single daughters do you? I'm sure the SNA boys would be lining up!

 

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crisis   

This is a good starting point. I have their phono amp and it is superb for the money. From what I've read their products seem to share this characteristic.

http://www.schiit.com/home

 

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++++.... Klein I or II second hand ........... I love mine ....... (except Clay Gieseler has just announced a new (more expensive) DAC ....... so the Klein will have to go when the new one arrives) ........ :):)

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10 hours ago, soundfan said:

Denafrips Ares at US $600.

Great dac, and superb value for it's cost.

second that... best value under $1k

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paulv   
8 hours ago, gz76 said:

 

What a great father-in-law. You don't have any single daughters do you? I'm sure the SNA boys would be lining up!

 

Ha Ha, Thanks gz76. Unfortunately for you guys, I have only the one son.

 

Actually, I bought the headphones and amp in about 2003, and I have just upgraded them.

 

They have repaid the purchase price by giving me many, many hours of pleasure.

Paul

 

 

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ophool   

Hi Paul,

what will she be using to drive the DAC ? - laptop ? phone ? desktop PC/Mac ?

Point being what input/s are needed on the DAC - Optical, Coax, USB

You could test drive a couple of options here if you wanted.

ATB

T

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paulv   
1 hour ago, ophool said:

Hi Paul,

what will she be using to drive the DAC ? - laptop ? phone ? desktop PC/Mac ?

Point being what input/s are needed on the DAC - Optical, Coax, USB

 

Hi Ophool, great to hear from you.

I think she'll probably be using a phone and a laptop.

Paul

1 hour ago, ophool said:

 

 

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