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Old Dec 22, 2012, 10:19 AM   #1
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Best portable DAC for Mac (up to $500)???

Simple question, simple answers - thanks for your help.

P.s.: I am leaning toward the Nuforce HDP, but would be glad to know if something of the same quality can be found for less.
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Old Dec 23, 2012, 10:07 AM   #2
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DAC section only, so no amp?
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Old Dec 23, 2012, 10:13 AM   #3
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if you're only after D to A, check out the mytek stereo96 DAC. Fantastic gear, probably meets your price-point used.
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Old Dec 23, 2012, 04:40 PM   #4
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DAC section only, so no amp?
To be honest, I am just beginning with my sort of hi-fi needs; but I presume an amp would also be needed...nothing TOO strong but should cover both headphone and normal speaker needs. That is why I thought of the Nuforce HDP...anything better?
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What headphone? I personally didn't enjoy the NuForce HDP, there are a plethora of DACs that are much better and cheaper.
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Old Dec 26, 2012, 06:24 AM   #6
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I have the Audinst HUD-MX1 which can be had for about $200. It's a fair bit cheaper than what you are looking at but IMO is a superb piece of kit.
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Old Dec 27, 2012, 12:57 AM   #7
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Simple question, simple answers - thanks for your help.

P.s.: I am leaning toward the Nuforce HDP, but would be glad to know if something of the same quality can be found for less.
You do realize that of all the parts you'd need in a sound system the DAC i the least important and has the least effect of sound quality.

The single most important part is the speakers and the room itself.

Before anyone can recommend a DAC they would have to know what is the souurce material. Is it pre-recored CDs. MP3 files or something you recorded yourself. There is no need ofr a DAC that can handle 192K at 24 bits if you are listening to an MP3 or even a CD.
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