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That price range is too low for anything decent. Yes, you can go for the Modi + Magni stack but that is very entry level in terms of sound quality. The Teac AI-301DA has a decent DAC and uses an ICEPower Class D module so sound quality is pretty good, and it only costs $350 from Amazon. The Joutenhiem would be a step up from that, but that's $500 with the DAC module. The sound quality from a DAC is mostly determined by the quality of power supply, input components and the design of the output circuit -- those little USB units everyone promotes on here are awful because they have very low end power supplies, everything is integrated ICs and chip amps meaning the lowest quality possible, even though the D/A chip itself may be no different from much more expensive / larger DACs.
Here, let me drop some knowledge that other respondents are short on:
1. The DAC is more important than the amp, once the amp is at a certain level of quality. Sub-$100 USB all-in-ones are well short of that minimum level.
2. USB is an awful audio interface but you're probably stuck with it; a USB isolator like the Schiit Wyrd or Audioquest Jitterbug is mandatory.
3. Unless you are willing to invest into a quartz-glass Toslink cable, optical is terrible and should be avoided.
4. DSD sounds better than PCM, *** IF *** you get a DAC with an I2S port and feed it with a USB-I2S bridge. If you go with a Schiit DACs, for example, you cut yourself off from DSD forever. The Teac I mentioned above can take DSD, although no I2S port. Oversampling your music to DSD 256 or 128 in your media player and streaming that into a DAC's I2S port will result in a major audio improvement.