DAC suggestions

ZLTFULZLTFUL Posts: 4,668
So first, I currently have a Peachtree DACiT (not even the X model...just the original).
I like it. It doesn't excel and it doesn't disappoint. It just is.
I use it for my laptop and for my Sonos Connect.

So here is what I am looking for...
New or used
Integrated headphone amp (I will be selling my Little Dot I if I can find this)
USB and at least 1 SPIDF
Prefer black but not a deal breaker
Cheap (I can get around $100 after fees and shipping for the DACiT and then around $50 for the Little Dot and when I throw some mad money into the fray, I have some wiggle room in the $200-$400 range but could go slightly higher for the right piece)

The Music Hall 25.2 and 25.3 are both going in that range on the used market but I have now been sniped on no fewer than 4 of them. But it is exactly the type of thing I am looking for.
I really want to consolidate the DAC and headphone amp to clear up some space in my office and to maybe take a couple of little steps up the food chain.

So who has some thoughts?
"Some people find it easier to be conceited rather than correct."

"Unwad those panties and have a good time man. We're all here to help each other, no matter how it might appear." DSkip

Comments

  • heiney9heiney9 Posts: 23,899
    Something like this would be excellent.

    https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Audio-GD-Compass-Headphone-Amplifier-DAC-Preamp-1000mW-Discrete-OPA-as-new/253796362508?hash=item3b1771290c:g:2ocAAOSwUn9Z5q3c&LH_PrefLoc=2&_sop=10&_sacat=0&_nkw=keces&_from=R40&rt=nc

    Audio GD was all the rage a few years ago. They made/make some solid gear at a reasonable price.

    Keep them in mind as they will fill your needs and not drain your pocket while still delivering great sound.

    H9
    "Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass

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  • marvda1marvda1 Posts: 3,212
    edited August 12
    Amplifiers: MasterSound Compact 845, Ayre v6xe, Consonance Cyber 800, Usher R1.5
    Preamp: deHavilland Ultraverve 3
    Transport/Dac: Cayin Venus cd-100i, Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkI
    Speakers: Rosso Fiorentino Volterra
    Speaker Cables: Analysis Plus Black Mesh Oval 9, Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Interconnects: Analysis Plus Copper Oval-In Micro, MG Audio Design Planus Cu2,
    Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
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  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 16,129
    I also had an audio gf for quite some time and liked it a ton. Forget which model but I sold it here to Skip who then sold it after a bit as well.
    "....not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." William Bruce Cameron, Informal Sociology: A Casual Introduction to Sociological Thinking (1963)
  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 16,129
    "....not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." William Bruce Cameron, Informal Sociology: A Casual Introduction to Sociological Thinking (1963)
  • mdaudioguymdaudioguy Posts: 4,789
    I also had an audio gf for quite some time and liked it a ton. Forget which model but I sold it here to Skip who then sold it after a bit as well.

    Audio girlfriend?? I think selling them is illegal. :o
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