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DAC needed...bang for buck

Discussion in 'audio' started by cj66, Apr 18, 2022.

  1. the caretaker

    the caretaker pfm Member

    Cirrus make nice local chippy makes nice chips too..
  2. vinylmonkey

    vinylmonkey pfm Member

    If you can find one a Schiit Modi Multibit may be worth considering - for me it beat a Mojo (which I also liked) and matched a 2Qute.
  3. cj66

    cj66 pfm Member

    That does look like another contender! Shame there's no stock anywhere.... anyone parting with one?
  4. cj66

    cj66 pfm Member

    Anyone upgrading from this old Schiit and getting some new kit?
  5. dadgad

    dadgad pfm Member

    Benchmark DAC2 has two optical inputs, plus two S/PDIF, and a USB. Good value second hand.
    Wilson likes this.
  6. Wilson

    Wilson SCTV half wit

    Benchmark DAC2
  7. Monitor Gold 10

    Monitor Gold 10 pfm Member

    Audiolab M-DAC+ works very well in my system! :cool:
  8. Andrew L Weekes

    Andrew L Weekes Reverse Engineer

    I have a Mojo and a recently acquired Mojo 2, I don't think the Mojo 2 is really any less analogue, it's slightly less warm at the bottom end, but it's better defined, so I think it's this that leads people to that conclusion.

    I also have a Topping DX3+ Pro on my desk and it's competent and very versatile as a digital preamp for multiple sources, but musically it's nowhere near as engaging as the Mojo(s).

    If anyone wants a Mojo2, Peter Tyson have open box units with 2 yr warranty for £399, which is where I bought mine. They also have the Qutest @ £999, but I couldn't justify the spend, the Mojo is a killer product and I consider it excellent value.

    I'm quite liking the crossfeed on the new unit, for headphone listening, the lowest setting is subtle, but effective.
    Fretbuzz, martin clark and Curtis like this.
  9. tenpercenter

    tenpercenter Don't ya rile 'em.....

    Interesting to note re the Mojo 2
  10. Curtis

    Curtis pfm Member

    The mojo is so open & engaging.
    You can pick up an original for around £200 now.
    Absolute bargain & great in a system.
  11. cj66

    cj66 pfm Member

    I've still got nowhere with this but did have an extra thought.
    If I were to remove the USB input from the equation, as I have a USB only DAC available, leaving just coax and optical what are my chances of finding something more engaging at a modest outlay?
    This obviously opens the way to older DACs like DPA etc.
    the caretaker likes this.
  12. wulbert

    wulbert pfm Member

    O/T but reminds me of a word I saw on a digital photography forum: "Measurebater" or "Measurebating"

    EDIT: I'm not suggesting anyone on PFM is a measurebater by the way. Just thought it was a neat word to warn us all from getting too obsessed by specifications.
    Darren and the caretaker like this.
  13. the caretaker

    the caretaker pfm Member

    I gave up " measurabating " and my hearing got a lot better! Lol..
  14. the caretaker

    the caretaker pfm Member

    If you were to use the dac for streaming? Get hold of a usb/spdif converter and then older dacs can be used..
  15. cj66

    cj66 pfm Member

    A CCA handles streaming so only optical needed there.
    CDP is either optical or coaxial. I get better results via coax.
    MDP is optical.
    Lappy is the USB source.

    Yes, exactly what I throwing out there. I've now heard a Mojo2 and found it very precise but cold to my tastes. On balance I preferred the 506.24's own presentation.
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  16. PhilofCas

    PhilofCas pfm Member

    I wonder if the Mojo 2 might have benefited from a tweak of the inbuilt tone controls, apparently they’re quite effective I’ve read.
  17. cj66

    cj66 pfm Member

    Possibly yes. I was asked not to tinker with that when I borrowed it.
  18. PhilofCas

    PhilofCas pfm Member

    By a friend or a shop? It’s easy to reset, so seems an odd restriction to impose on you? A shame really as it could have altered your (negative) findings about it.
  19. cj66

    cj66 pfm Member

    More acquaintance than friend, as he was generous with the loan I didn't question his condition.
    I can only assume he took some time to reach the setting he liked most.

    (HiFi shops here? :D )
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  20. the caretaker

    the caretaker pfm Member

    My audio alchemy dac sounded very good fed qobuz..the dac in my musical fidelity pre amp sounded nice too! ( think it was an older dac ) I have a dac in my kingrex T20u 48kHz max..sounds fab! I like a dac to sound analogue..not sure modern dacs do anymore? Desperate get the last ounce of detail, but lose the musicality? In my opinion..

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