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    Looking for a recommendation for a DAC/headphone amp for my computer setup. Would like to keep the cost a ~$200 or less, new or used. Must have,
    24/96kHz minimum
    USB 2.0 input with a decent USB implementation
    headphone jack
    L/R RCA line outs

    Will be using on a Windows 7 machine via the PC's USB using JRiver as the playback software.
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    HT - Pio. Elite VSX21TXH, LG 60PK550 plasma, Panny DMP-BDT210 BDP, DTV HD receiver, SB Touch, 5 x Polk RC85i in-wall speakers
    Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, M2Tech HiFace 2 w/external battery power, Grant Fidelity TubeDac 11, Fostex PMO.4n monitors

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    Look at Audio GD units, and the 2 100 dollar Schiit combo (but you couldn't use both at once).

    Browse the for sale forum at head-fi.org for options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post
    Look at Audio GD units, and the 2 100 dollar Schiit combo (but you couldn't use both at once).

    Browse the for sale forum at head-fi.org for options.
    Yeah have been checking all the forums and Ebay....in fact just got a Zero 09 from head-fi only to learn the USB is v1.0 :^ /
    The Schiit combo looks interesting but not sure I want to swap cables back and forth. The Musiland Monitor 02 looks like it has what I require.
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    HT - Pio. Elite VSX21TXH, LG 60PK550 plasma, Panny DMP-BDT210 BDP, DTV HD receiver, SB Touch, 5 x Polk RC85i in-wall speakers
    Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, M2Tech HiFace 2 w/external battery power, Grant Fidelity TubeDac 11, Fostex PMO.4n monitors

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    The musiland is also a good option but IIRC most audio gd units have a more powerful amp in them. My audio gd NFB-5 is huge lol

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    Audiophile Steve Guttenberg say the JD Labs O2 is the best headphone amp he has ever tested. Reasonably priced. See

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-13645_3-57...ne-amplifiers/

    This article led me to the purchase of the ODAC Dac (RCA version) which I've found to be the best performance to price ratio of any DAC on the market.
    Living Room: HK AVR 354 as pre/pro, 2 x Polk Audio Micropro 4000, Adcom GFA-7500, 2 x Mirage OMD-15
    2 x Mirage OMD-5, 1 x Mirage OMD-C1, APC H15, Sony S790, Philips 52" LCD, Beogram 3000, FAT (Firestone Audio Tobby DAC), Harmony One

    Den: Sherwood R-972,as pre/pro, 2 x Velodyne SPL-1000R, 3 x Crown Drivecore XLS1500, 2 x Polk Audio Lsi9
    1 x Polk Audio Lsic, 2 x Polk Audio Lsifx, Sony S790, APC H15, Dspeaker Dual Core 2.0, W4S DAC 2, Keces DA-151

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devlon View Post
    Audiophile Steve Guttenberg say the JD Labs O2 is the best headphone amp he has ever tested. Reasonably priced. See

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-13645_3-57...ne-amplifiers/

    This article led me to the purchase of the ODAC Dac (RCA version) which I've found to be the best performance to price ratio of any DAC on the market.
    Looks like no RCA line outs though. That's actually more important to me than the headphone section which I want but will likely seldom use.
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    HT - Pio. Elite VSX21TXH, LG 60PK550 plasma, Panny DMP-BDT210 BDP, DTV HD receiver, SB Touch, 5 x Polk RC85i in-wall speakers
    Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, M2Tech HiFace 2 w/external battery power, Grant Fidelity TubeDac 11, Fostex PMO.4n monitors

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    They have the RCA out option now
    Living Room: HK AVR 354 as pre/pro, 2 x Polk Audio Micropro 4000, Adcom GFA-7500, 2 x Mirage OMD-15
    2 x Mirage OMD-5, 1 x Mirage OMD-C1, APC H15, Sony S790, Philips 52" LCD, Beogram 3000, FAT (Firestone Audio Tobby DAC), Harmony One

    Den: Sherwood R-972,as pre/pro, 2 x Velodyne SPL-1000R, 3 x Crown Drivecore XLS1500, 2 x Polk Audio Lsi9
    1 x Polk Audio Lsic, 2 x Polk Audio Lsifx, Sony S790, APC H15, Dspeaker Dual Core 2.0, W4S DAC 2, Keces DA-151

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devlon View Post
    They have the RCA out option now
    Cool....can you point me to a link?
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    HT - Pio. Elite VSX21TXH, LG 60PK550 plasma, Panny DMP-BDT210 BDP, DTV HD receiver, SB Touch, 5 x Polk RC85i in-wall speakers
    Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, M2Tech HiFace 2 w/external battery power, Grant Fidelity TubeDac 11, Fostex PMO.4n monitors

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    I might be able to go as high as $300
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    HT - Pio. Elite VSX21TXH, LG 60PK550 plasma, Panny DMP-BDT210 BDP, DTV HD receiver, SB Touch, 5 x Polk RC85i in-wall speakers
    Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, M2Tech HiFace 2 w/external battery power, Grant Fidelity TubeDac 11, Fostex PMO.4n monitors

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    Just sprung for a used Grant Fidelity TubeDAC-11. Looks like it's got everything I wanted.
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    HT - Pio. Elite VSX21TXH, LG 60PK550 plasma, Panny DMP-BDT210 BDP, DTV HD receiver, SB Touch, 5 x Polk RC85i in-wall speakers
    Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, M2Tech HiFace 2 w/external battery power, Grant Fidelity TubeDac 11, Fostex PMO.4n monitors

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    Thanks for all of the input ;^ )
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    HT - Pio. Elite VSX21TXH, LG 60PK550 plasma, Panny DMP-BDT210 BDP, DTV HD receiver, SB Touch, 5 x Polk RC85i in-wall speakers
    Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, M2Tech HiFace 2 w/external battery power, Grant Fidelity TubeDac 11, Fostex PMO.4n monitors

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragon1952 View Post
    Just sprung for a used Grant Fidelity TubeDAC-11. Looks like it's got everything I wanted.
    I'm really enjoying this so far. Funny, but I was so set on getting a USB DAC for the computer rig and then I spring for a M2Tech HiFace Two usb/spdif converter now I'm not even using the USB input. But I highly recommend the HiFace Two for people with similar set-ups. Wow, what a difference in SQ over the computer's USB port straight into the DAC.
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    HT - Pio. Elite VSX21TXH, LG 60PK550 plasma, Panny DMP-BDT210 BDP, DTV HD receiver, SB Touch, 5 x Polk RC85i in-wall speakers
    Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, M2Tech HiFace 2 w/external battery power, Grant Fidelity TubeDac 11, Fostex PMO.4n monitors

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