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Recommended DACs

Hi
I'm looking for recommendations re outboard DACs under $1000 (or maybe a bit over). I'm aware of the Benchmark and PS Audio components and currently use a Headroom mini-DAC. I intend to use it with my MacBook Pro.
Thanks for your help.
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Re: Recommended DACs

Musical Fidelity A324 DAC. It's my personal favorite that can be had for around 600 on Audiogon.

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Thanks, AlexO. I'll put it on my list.
Are you or anyone else out there familiar with the Stello DAC?
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I never heard of the Stello. My all time favorite DAC is the Mark Levinson 360S. It's expensive, running around $3k on the used market. Benchmark DAC 1, BelCanto, and Grace make pretty good DACs as well. I think that the Musical Fidelity is by far the best bang for the buck. At $600, nothing touches it.

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You might as well look at the Quad CDp-2 which is at the same price point, a very good cd player, and loaded up with 4 digital ins to be used alternately as a DAC processor. Check www.underwoodhifi.com for current pricing. You will not be disappointed.

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The Lite Audio DAC 38 T is a heck of a unit for $600 new.
The Lite Audio DAC 68 for $700 adds the warmth of tubes.

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re Lite Audio, I appreciate the recommendation and checked out the website -- I'd like to know if it's been reviewed anywhere (technical measurements, critical listening and the like).

On the MF A324, I realize it got very favorably reviewed but that was 5 years ago and I'm wondering if there hadn't been advances in chip design sinc then that would make a difference to a medium-sensitive listener with a reasonably good playback system.

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I haven't hard anything even remotely approaching the A324 at that price. Even the newer MF offerings like the XDAC v3 and v8 failed to impress me.

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well, you couldn't ask for a stronger recommendation. and i have seen them on Audiogon in the 550 range.

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If you're interested in some do it your self check out Evan's DAC. http://www.ezdiyaudio.com/
Cost me about $250.

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I checked out the site. Very cool. If only I had the experience and time... but, alas, I have to get off-the-shelf stuff.

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Altmann Attraction DAC (powered from a battery) with the JISCO jitter filter and Toslink input option. Works very well with my Macbook. You can try the pro TCElectronic Konnekt 8 as well, it can be connected to the Firewire connector of the Mac. It even can be used to connect the Konnekt 8's SPDIf output to the SPDIF in of the Altmann

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