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Grace Design m920
Grace Design m920
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$1,400 for an unbalanced Sabre / XMOS DAC? Lol will skip.
Could you elaborate on your comment a little?
Well, you can get Sabre DACs with XMOS USB boards on eBay for a few hundred dollars, including many with premium components. I'm sure the m920 has good custom filters and other implementation features, but in the end of the day isn't it still just a Sabre DAC?
It is always a better deal if you DIY. The cost of time is always a factor too.
I have made 2 DAC so far.
If you plan to just a ghetto looking box and stuck components randomly into the box, then yes. a DIY DAC will be a better deal.
If you plan to have an Aesthetically pleasing front plate milled & colored, along with decent/good component in there, prepare to cough up some bit bux. It may not necessary be as expensive as an off the shelve DAC, but considering the extra work hours, it's probably cheaper if i just take a few more projects from the company and work some over time to buy one pre made.
It is balanced. It has balanced TRS outputs on the back. The built-in headphone amp isn't balanced, but it's still very good.
Also, the implementation of the chips in a DAC matter much more than the chips themselves. Simply looking at two chips used in a DAC tells you almost nothing about how it sounds.
LOL. a dac is not just about the chip. The SMSL m8 has the same Sabre chip but does not perform anywhere close to m920 as a fixed dac. I have both dac from massdrop, so I know what I am talking about.
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