Cheap Dacs? Anyone used /tested these?

hemantwaghe

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Hi Guys seeing these cheap ( relatively) DAC's on Ebay ( US)

USB DAC (PCM2707+DIR9001+PCM1793) + Headphone Amplifier - eBay (item 170360939981 end time Jul-29-09 08:52:42 PDT)


eBay.com.sg: Mini 1793 DAC with S/PDIF Coaxial/Optical Toslink Input (item 260401162543 end time Jul 15, 2009 09:42:26 SGT)

PCM2702E PCM2702 Mini USB DAC Headphone Amp Amplifier - eBay (item 290328690771 end time Aug-02-09 03:12:33 PDT)

NEW Mini1793 SPDIF DAC Board PCM1793+ DIR9001 - eBay (item 130321225501 end time Jul-29-09 20:53:40 PDT)

Now these are really cheap DAC's ---but questions are?

1) Anyone used these? Any expereinces?( I'm intererested in 1 st)
2) Are they worth their price?
3) Will it be replacement of good sound card ? I do not have pc but have 1 new and 2 old laps..
4) Will it give good sound improvement to WDTV?( For FLAC...)
5) Are these plug and play?

6) ANY OTHER DAC'S IN SIMILAR PRICE?
 
the first one is worth a try if you like it
its a usb dac and thats what you need witht the notebooks you have

other dacs require a spdif to dac converter which i can tell you is not a very good proposition

i presume you have a 100$ budget

if you would double that budget you could get a used PICO usb dac that is one of the most VFM usb dacs i know of
a scott nixon used dac would alsocost about that much however i would recommend the PICO 1st in that price range

you could be recommended an asus Xonar but i see no point in building a PC ( since you dont have one) and since you have some extra notebooks to spare for music duty
 
I was doing this a few years ago. FWIW, I haven't heard a commercial (not DIY) DAC southwards of USD 400 that I found to be of acceptable quality. Happy to be corrected on this though; DAC technology improves every few months.

I would suggest looking for something like a used Citypulse; it's very nice especially with some cap upgrades. Not sure what Citypulse models/ lines are currently extant but am sure there'll be plenty used floating around on the web.
 
there is also a VALAB dac and a keces dac 131 mk2 you can consider seriously
the keces has a decent reputation
 
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