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    Reccomendations for a Diy Dac

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    Post by ImFritz on Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:17 am

    Good morning all!
    Man its cold Here!
    Can anyone chime in with any recommendation's concerning a quality Diy Dac that I can build and add to my system?
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    Post by WLT on Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:32 pm

    I am interested my self. Particularly if it uses the ESS Saber 9038 chip. Or the 9038PRO chip version.

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    Post by vtshopdog on Fri Feb 01, 2019 1:01 am

    I looked at the offerings from Twisted Pear a couple years ago but never pulled the trigger on a kit.  They seem reasonably priced and very customizable to point I got overwhelmed by possible choices and bailed on project but have been thinking of it again lately.  They sell preassembled boards, no soldering, so if you are looking to melt tin during your build, look elsewhere.  The Buffalo series uses one of the Saber chips.

    http://www.twistedpearaudio.com/landing.aspx?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI14_Tx92Z4AIVBgxpCh3zUgrpEAMYASAAEgKu4fD_BwE

    (Of course if anyone here wants to buy me an ANK kit I would happily build that)
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    Post by MarcVBelgium on Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:13 am

    A great (rather high-end'ish) DIY DAC can be found here. They ship worldwide.

    https://audio-creativeshop.nl/dddac/
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    Post by mmmbeer on Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:05 pm

    This one looks really nice

    https://www.amb.org/audio/gamma3/
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    Post by deepee99 on Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:42 am

    I know Skizo is or was happy with his Maverick. Might PM him for some thoughts.
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    Post by audiobill on Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:56 pm

    Most dacs are a power supply, digital circuitry and an output stage.

    Why not build an excellent preamp, like Roy's SP14 and add this R2R AD1865 multibit board? And, please avoid screechy Sabre dacs!

    https://www.ebay.com/i/273502493226?chn=ps
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    Post by deepee99 on Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:43 pm

    audiobill wrote:Most dacs are a power supply, digital circuitry and an output stage.

    Why not build an excellent preamp, like Roy's SP14 and add this R2R AD1865 multibit board?  And, please avoid screechy Sabre dacs!

    https://www.ebay.com/i/273502493226?chn=ps

    That's very sage advice from a guy who knows almost as much about the VTA/Tubes4HiFi gear than Bob or Roy. (Sorry, Bob and Roy, but Bill's a keeper.)
    DAC technology is still in its infancy and prices likewise are all over the board. Wanna drop $15,000 on a stand-alone DAC that some new $2 chip might render obsolete tomorrow or next year? Easy to do.
    I'd put my emphasis on the SP-14. You'll still be using it 5, 10, 20 years down the road while DAC technology and (hopefully) pricing mature. On somewhat of a related note, put as much of your money as you can squeeze into the SP-14's multitude of options up front.
    XLR inputs, the volume /or source selector remote, the pots and some of the caps are easier (read "cheaper") to install while the critter's being built. But these are either difficult or nigh impossible to retro-fit.
    Even if you just are thinking about a remote volume control "down the road," do it now before the chassis holes are cut or the pots are wired in. Better that way and leave future finessing for your tubes and other consumables. This advice obviously applies to Roy's SP-14 and equivalents produced by Don Sachs, & etc.
    My two-bits' worth this rainy Sunday, at any rate.


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    Post by bbqjoe on Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:47 am

    audiobill wrote:Most dacs are a power supply, digital circuitry and an output stage.

    Why not build an excellent preamp, like Roy's SP14 and add this R2R AD1865 multibit board?  And, please avoid screechy Sabre dacs!

    https://www.ebay.com/i/273502493226?chn=ps

    I need a decoder just to understand the full description and reviews! Wink
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    Post by cci1492 on Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:17 am

    I agree with Bill's thoughts. Aside from the digital board, all the parts which make up the ANK 4.1 dac are all there with the SP-14. You can build 3 SP-14s for the cost of one ANK 4.1, something to consider.

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