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.

Comments

  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 1,397
    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: 14,199
    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....
  • billbillwbillbillw Posts: 5,588
    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.
  • 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.
  • billbillwbillbillw Posts: 5,588
    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.
  • billbillw wrote: »
    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.

    I don't know if $199 is the new price or the on sale price. The price was $299. The nice thing about new is that it is new! Plus it has a warranty. I've never heard those DACs but recently some at the forum made favorable comments about them. I'm not crazy about paying msrp (manufacturers suggested retail price) and am always looking for deals. Good luck.
  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 1,012
    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
  • billbillwbillbillw Posts: 5,588
    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.
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 12,902

    Forget the Parasound dacs. Not their forte.
  • Rick88Rick88 Posts: 12,546
    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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  • 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/
  • billbillwbillbillw Posts: 5,588
    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.
  • billbillwbillbillw Posts: 5,588
    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...
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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 27,204
    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.
  • billbillwbillbillw Posts: 5,588
    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.
  • msgmsg Posts: 2,860
    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: 5,588
    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.
  • msgmsg Posts: 2,860
    Dehr. Extra traffic I missed earlier.
    Cool. I was curious about those TEAC units, too.
  • billbillwbillbillw Posts: 5,588
    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
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