Might be a longshot, but looking for a mid-range USB DAC

Hey gang,
Been looking for a few weeks and haven't had any luck scoring a USB DAC to use in my 2-ch system. I'm making some changes and need one to replace the aging Laptop/PCMCIA soundcard setup that I've been using for a few years.

Looking for something $150-$300. Must have asynchronous USB, prefer it it can accept 24/192 over usb, but might consider something that only does 24/96. DSD would be a bonus, but its not a must have. Also, something with balanced out would be nice, but not absolutely needed. Looking for something with a good reputation. Schiit Bifrost, M1DAC, IRDAC, RDAC, or even one of the Chinese upstarts.

Let me know what you have.
Main 2-ch:
Sony SS-M9; LSA Statement Amplifier; VPI HW-19 Mk3/Sumiko Premier FT-4/Audio Technica AT15SA; Pass Labs DIY Pearl Phono; Sony SCD-C333ES SACD Changer; TEAC UD-301 DAC; Dell/WYSE 5010 (running Daphile); Sony ST-SA5ES Tuner; Nanotec Golden Strada speaker cables (SR+#79 Shotgun); Audioquest Coral interconnects

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  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 1,570
    I use an SMSL M8 in my work headphone rig. They've recently upgraded the DAC chip & USB receiver so the M8A is the latest model. Massdrop frequently has them for $180 ish. Meets all your criteria except for having balanced outs. I've been very pleased with mine.
  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 14,941
    Cambridge Audio DACMagic (not plus or 100), might be in that range... forget if its Async or not and bitrate, but its got balanced out.

    One of the newer models like the Plus might do all that, but it would be hard to find under 300 bones I would think....
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  • billbillwbillbillw Posts: 5,673
    Cambridge Audio DACMagic (not plus or 100), might be in that range... forget if its Async or not and bitrate, but its got balanced out.

    One of the newer models like the Plus might do all that, but it would be hard to find under 300 bones I would think....

    Original Dacmagic is not Async. Its USB is terrible and the price for it is closer to $100 in most cases these days. Partsconnexion actually had the Dacmagic Plus refurbished for $250 in May. I missed it by a few days.
    Main 2-ch:
    Sony SS-M9; LSA Statement Amplifier; VPI HW-19 Mk3/Sumiko Premier FT-4/Audio Technica AT15SA; Pass Labs DIY Pearl Phono; Sony SCD-C333ES SACD Changer; TEAC UD-301 DAC; Dell/WYSE 5010 (running Daphile); Sony ST-SA5ES Tuner; Nanotec Golden Strada speaker cables (SR+#79 Shotgun); Audioquest Coral interconnects
  • billbillwbillbillw Posts: 5,673
    The Cambridge Audio DacMagic 100 is on sale at Amazon for $199.99 and the Cambridge - DACMagic Plus for $349.85 - both have choice of black or silver.

    Those are pretty much standard pricing on those...Not interested in paying full price for anything.
    Main 2-ch:
    Sony SS-M9; LSA Statement Amplifier; VPI HW-19 Mk3/Sumiko Premier FT-4/Audio Technica AT15SA; Pass Labs DIY Pearl Phono; Sony SCD-C333ES SACD Changer; TEAC UD-301 DAC; Dell/WYSE 5010 (running Daphile); Sony ST-SA5ES Tuner; Nanotec Golden Strada speaker cables (SR+#79 Shotgun); Audioquest Coral interconnects
  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 1,201
    Its an auction so who knows how high it will get but has a day left and sitting at $250 for a DACMagic Plus


    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Cambridge-Audio-Dacmagic-Plus-/252990870627?hash=item3ae76e5463:g:xXoAAOSwPK1ZQLpA
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  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 1,201
    Living room

    Mains: SDA 2B Studio
    Lows: Velodyne CHT12
    Power: Marantz SR7000 Preouts to Yamaha AV34
    Tv: Samsung UHD 55' Curved

    2 Channel/Bedroom

    *under construction*
    Polk TSI 200
    Power: Marantz PM235
    CDP: Technics SL-PD688
    TT: Pioneer PL510

    Noggin Rockin'

    Grado SR80e
    Harman Kardon CL
    Little dot 1+/GE JAN 5654w

    Closet of Dreams:

    Harman Kardon AVR130
    Yamaha HTR5590
    Paradigm Monitor 90
    Polk RTA11TL
    New Large Advents 25th Anniversary Edition
    Bravo V2/RCA Clear top Conn branded 12AU7

    "Temptation is the manifestation of desire which equals necessity." - Mikey081057
    " I have always had a champange taste with a beer budget" - Rick88
  • billbillwbillbillw Posts: 5,673
    OK. Thanks guys. I'm throughly watching eBay, a-gon, headfi ,etc. Was really checking here to see if anyone had something they were thinking to sell.
    Main 2-ch:
    Sony SS-M9; LSA Statement Amplifier; VPI HW-19 Mk3/Sumiko Premier FT-4/Audio Technica AT15SA; Pass Labs DIY Pearl Phono; Sony SCD-C333ES SACD Changer; TEAC UD-301 DAC; Dell/WYSE 5010 (running Daphile); Sony ST-SA5ES Tuner; Nanotec Golden Strada speaker cables (SR+#79 Shotgun); Audioquest Coral interconnects
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 13,651

    Forget the Parasound dacs. Not their forte.
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  • Rick88Rick88 Posts: 12,652
    edited June 15
    How about a Teac UD-301? It has every feature you desire.

    Most merchants are selling it for $349-399, but this seller has them for $301.

    https://www.amazon.com/Teac-UD-301-SV-Monaural-Digital-Converter/dp/B00L9HUB1G

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  • billbillwbillbillw Posts: 5,673
    Schiit Audio (internet direct plus sells some stuff at Amazon) has 3 under $250 DACs in their MODI 2 line. Their Modi Multibit sells for $249.

    http://schiit.com/products/modi-2

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    There are a truck load of reviews of the Multibit at the AudioKarma forum. This DAC has USB, Coax, and Optical inputs:

    http://audiokarma.org/forums/index.php?threads/schiit-modi-multibit.726353/

    Thanks, but well aware of the entire Schiit lineup. Guys, I'm looking for someone here selling a used DAC.
    Main 2-ch:
    Sony SS-M9; LSA Statement Amplifier; VPI HW-19 Mk3/Sumiko Premier FT-4/Audio Technica AT15SA; Pass Labs DIY Pearl Phono; Sony SCD-C333ES SACD Changer; TEAC UD-301 DAC; Dell/WYSE 5010 (running Daphile); Sony ST-SA5ES Tuner; Nanotec Golden Strada speaker cables (SR+#79 Shotgun); Audioquest Coral interconnects
  • billbillwbillbillw Posts: 5,673
    edited June 18
    I ended up grabbing a Teac 301 for $222 with 1 yr warranty (factory refurbished). Hard to beat that deal. I've read lots of good reviews at headfi. Yes, I realize it is DSD capable...
    Post edited by billbillw on
    Main 2-ch:
    Sony SS-M9; LSA Statement Amplifier; VPI HW-19 Mk3/Sumiko Premier FT-4/Audio Technica AT15SA; Pass Labs DIY Pearl Phono; Sony SCD-C333ES SACD Changer; TEAC UD-301 DAC; Dell/WYSE 5010 (running Daphile); Sony ST-SA5ES Tuner; Nanotec Golden Strada speaker cables (SR+#79 Shotgun); Audioquest Coral interconnects
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 27,819
    billbillw wrote: »
    I ended up grabbing a Teac 301 for $222 with 1 yr warranty (factory refurbished). Hard to beat that deal. I've read lots of good reviews at headfi. Yes, I realize it is DSD capable...

    Congrats man, I think you may dig it. The Teac dacs sound musical and a tad on the warmer side of neutral to my ears anyway. Let us know your thoughts once you have a few songs under your belt with it. :)

    LOL....A few songs....I'm not pushy for reviews am I.
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  • billbillwbillbillw Posts: 5,673
    Yeah, I've read it's pretty neutral which is what I want. My integrated has a bit of tube warmth to it. Some at headfi claim it punches with the DACs in the $6-800 price range.
    Main 2-ch:
    Sony SS-M9; LSA Statement Amplifier; VPI HW-19 Mk3/Sumiko Premier FT-4/Audio Technica AT15SA; Pass Labs DIY Pearl Phono; Sony SCD-C333ES SACD Changer; TEAC UD-301 DAC; Dell/WYSE 5010 (running Daphile); Sony ST-SA5ES Tuner; Nanotec Golden Strada speaker cables (SR+#79 Shotgun); Audioquest Coral interconnects
  • msgmsg Posts: 3,503
    Wait a sec, Bill, let me get this right - are you looking for someone here selling a used DAC, or for all of us to just throw out names of our favorites?
  • billbillwbillbillw Posts: 5,673
    msg wrote: »
    Wait a sec, Bill, let me get this right - are you looking for someone here selling a used DAC, or for all of us to just throw out names of our favorites?

    Not really looking for anything now that I've purchased something.
    Main 2-ch:
    Sony SS-M9; LSA Statement Amplifier; VPI HW-19 Mk3/Sumiko Premier FT-4/Audio Technica AT15SA; Pass Labs DIY Pearl Phono; Sony SCD-C333ES SACD Changer; TEAC UD-301 DAC; Dell/WYSE 5010 (running Daphile); Sony ST-SA5ES Tuner; Nanotec Golden Strada speaker cables (SR+#79 Shotgun); Audioquest Coral interconnects
  • msgmsg Posts: 3,503
    Dehr. Extra traffic I missed earlier.
    Cool. I was curious about those TEAC units, too.
  • billbillwbillbillw Posts: 5,673
    I'll continue my" Making a Change" thread with impressions, setup, etc once I get the Teac and setup everything.

    http://forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/177769/making-a-change#latest
    Main 2-ch:
    Sony SS-M9; LSA Statement Amplifier; VPI HW-19 Mk3/Sumiko Premier FT-4/Audio Technica AT15SA; Pass Labs DIY Pearl Phono; Sony SCD-C333ES SACD Changer; TEAC UD-301 DAC; Dell/WYSE 5010 (running Daphile); Sony ST-SA5ES Tuner; Nanotec Golden Strada speaker cables (SR+#79 Shotgun); Audioquest Coral interconnects
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