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Wanted DAC with good USB implementation (Budget 50k)

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sivakuru

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Guys,

I am planning to upgrade from my schiit modi. I would prefer something from
the schiit stable such as the Gungir. However if anything else close to this
budget is available, please let me know. My primary use is with laptop and
hence it is must to have a good USB implementation.

Thanks,
Sivakuru
 
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mpw

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There is a meridian explorer on sale on the forum.

The schiit bifrost with the analogous uber treatment can be considered too. The gungnir is supposed to be good as well
 

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Thanks mpw and Manniraj. The options given are good ones. I am trying to
see if I can buy used ones first. Let us see, how this spans out.
 

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Have an eye for the TEAC Ref UD 501. Grab if you can be it on a good bargain. You will love the flexibility on broard. There are very few DACs which offer to turn off the upsampling.
 

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@otpidus- do you mean the pure direct mode in the DAC?
No. I meant toggling between upsampling to 384kHz and NOS mode. This is a seperate option apart from filter settings. With upsampling off and filters off, this can become a pure NOS DAC. In NOS mode the high frequency roll off is a little steep. Isn't "Pure Direct" an option in HT recivers only?
 
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Is this option available in TEAC UD 501 ?
If you are asking about pure direct mode then I must admit I havent come accross any DACs with such an option. Its a tone control and EQ bypass function provided in HT recivers and amplifiers. The TEAC UD 501 will let you choose the followings:

1) Upconvert [ On / Off ]
2) PCM Digital Filter [ Off / Slow / Sharp ]
3) DSD Analog Filter [ Filter 1 through 4 ]

When you set both 1 & 2 to off, it becomes a pure NOS DAC. Hope this helps.
 

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Thank you Otpidus for such a valuable inputs. Also i went through the specs of UD 501, It is really a good gear one should grab. Will definitely want to audition it against my existing parasound z dac.
 
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Thank you Otpidus for such a valuable inputs. Also i went through the specs of UD 501, It is really a good gear one should grab. Will definitely want to audition it against my existing parasound z dac.
You have a nice DAC. The Z DAC has got good reviews across the world. It would be interesting to compare.
 
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