Modest cost DAC for Sonos feed?

Discussion in 'CD players, transports and DAC's' started by bpwright62, Jan 25, 2014.

  1. bpwright62

    bpwright62 New Member

    OK, I'm planning my listening room for a new home under construction. I'm considering an Aesthetix Saturn Calypso Signature for my linestage, A pair of Bel Canto REF 1000m for amps. For inputs I plan on initially using an Oppo BDP-105 for CDs (I'm open to other suggestions, but not multi-thousand dollar), and a Sonos connect to bring my Apple library to the room. I would like a decent DAC for the Sonos and have read about the Arcam Sonlink. Anyone have experience with the Sonlink or other moderately priced (say under $1500) DACs?
  2. Ernie Adams

    Ernie Adams Well-Known Member

    Emotiva makes a serious DAC for a lot less than 1500 dollars.
  3. Basil H

    Basil H Well-Known Member

    Audio lab M-DAC - don't have it but have heard it (great value for money) and you have a choice of filters to change the sonic character

    Naim DAC-V1 - only seen it and read about it sorry
  4. Francis

    Francis Active Member

    check out Musical Fidelity M1 DAC
    - it upsampling everything to 192kHz

    I am using thier VDAC MKII which is amazing already
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2014
  5. Ernie Adams

    Ernie Adams Well-Known Member

    How does under 400 sound for a top notch DAC? Check my earlier posts. I am not trying to sell or push you into anything, just giving you the information to do your own research.
  6. Bonz

    Bonz Well-Known Member

    I second the Musical Fidelity M1 dac:)
  7. craigaudio

    craigaudio Member

    I have the Sim audio 100d ...$325.00 it goes nice with my Sim audio moon amp.
  8. Lewis Smith

    Lewis Smith Well-Known Member

    I am looking at the Jolida glass fx tube dac. anybody have any thoughts on this????
  9. hawkeyedwizard

    hawkeyedwizard Active Member

    The latest version? III?
  10. hawkeyedwizard

    hawkeyedwizard Active Member

    There are other variables, but do yourself a favor and research the various dac chips... there are many manufacturers and models.. each having certain sonic signatures.. the jolida has a pcm1798..
  11. Lewis Smith

    Lewis Smith Well-Known Member

    So if you had $500. and wanted a DAC give me your top 3 choices and why?
    I value your opinion very much and would like to hear them.
  12. Lewis Smith

    Lewis Smith Well-Known Member

    I will be running all my music thru my laptop. i am getting tired of all this CD stuff.
  13. hawkeyedwizard

    hawkeyedwizard Active Member

    My opinion is definitely swayed by my choice.. for 420 I got the schiit bifrost with the analog section upgrade.. I think an upgraded power cable is essential as well. so a map 1 and the upgraded analog stage would be a bit over 5..I looked at the Jolida and the Maverick as I was initially interested in a tube dac.. later realized that with tube preamp and output on the integrated I wanted the signal to remain as pure as possible and let my amp do the rest.. AKM4399 32 bit D/A chip no upsampling so it's bit perfect.. keeping your files at the original container sample rate and bit depth. Read around and you'll see many shining reviews and comparison with others 3 and 4 times the price.. Not sure if your still using the Yaqin or if you've gone over to the bright side. that an important factor.. all I can say is the detail soundstage and air I'm getting leaves me very pleased.. Again the engineering has been done by some very respected people. You can find lists on line where people do comparisons of dac chips.. but I'm voting for the schiit I got.. I think it's some pretty good schiit unless your gonna drop a grand plus upgraded power cable.
    Even then I'd go with th schiit gungnir which has balanced output and dual dac's for each channel.. but really I have no use for balanced outs.. as I have no ins.
    Just my opinion.
    Lots of info online from owners.
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2014
  14. hawkeyedwizard

    hawkeyedwizard Active Member

    if laptop play is your cake you should use usb.. that's a bit more money for that add on module.. of course a good usb cable will have an impact and then there's the spdif coax/optical thing as well..may I suggest a stand alone streamer for your files?this will push you over budget..but ease of use and quality will triumph in the end.
  15. hawkeyedwizard

    hawkeyedwizard Active Member

    Usb upgrade will put you at 520. that's the Gen 2 usb card.
  16. Ernie Adams

    Ernie Adams Well-Known Member

    Not sure how you feel about the Emotiva, but their XDA-2 is on sale for 219.00. I'm guessing they have a new model in the pipeline for that much of a reduction. It got some very good reviews. This area is not my forte, but thought I would throw it out because of the cost.
  17. hawkeyedwizard

    hawkeyedwizard Active Member

    Good suggestion.. that'll leave you some room for cables too.
  18. Lewis Smith

    Lewis Smith Well-Known Member

    Thanks Ernie, i will look at it and also calling Mike tomorrow to see about what a Dig4 cable can do for me! I am new to all this digital stuff and after spending a few weeks away from my system and only listening to my headphones on my phone and now in my garage i like the fact i can push a button and hear any song or artist i want.
  19. Lewis Smith

    Lewis Smith Well-Known Member

    It's funny how for years it was Vinyl and then tape and then CD's and now Digital so i am doing my best to go that way. i will not give up my collection of LP's and CD's But i am getting into the fact that i can get all the music i want and not worry about spending a bloody fortune! So if i do it right i can have the best of both worlds!
  20. hawkeyedwizard

    hawkeyedwizard Active Member

    Grant fidelity tube dac 11..lo0ks nice 389...looks nice, dedicated volume control, 6n11 tube, good reviews..usb to 96khz a downside, but if your getting a coaxial i guess you have something else in mind other than usb..Ive read so many mixed reviews on emotiva gear..id be reluctant to purchase something sensative like a dac from them. Id have to say my first suggestion is the one im sticking to though. Google is your friend lewis, lots of people who have time to share their experiences. Hence this post.

    The grans has tube bypass analog in 2 rca outs...looks pretty flexible..

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