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January 24th, 2014, 15:29
Any audio experts on this forum? My 8-year EMU USB-based soundcard has said farewell to me. It powers on but like a zombie its existence is pretty pointless when the circuitry doesn't work.

For my new DAC I'd like:
- USB-based so that my computer detects it as an audio device.
- Be a pre-amplifier.
- Line volume dial.
- Balanced outputs.
- High quality conversion.

I'm currently looking at Hegel and Emotiva but I'm sure there are other brands to consider. Suggestions on particular models would be greatly appreciated.
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January 24th, 2014, 19:26
hishadow can you be more specific please? Not much ppl use/need stuff like that.
All I can think of is to use this and then check if there is customer feedback what do they say about each one:
http://www.aliexpress.com/wholesale?…+24bit+USB+DAC

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January 24th, 2014, 19:49
A DAC is a digital to analog converter.
In this case it would convert the sound card's digital signal signals to analogue ones which I assume would be played through some high fidelity speakers.

The reason for a preamplifier is usually to amplify a signal in such a way so that the gain loss that happens from the conversion is minimised with the least amount of distortion a.
Or at least that what I remember from my telecoms lessons.

Don't know if the above helps anyone…
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January 24th, 2014, 20:15
Hegel ? After the German Philosopher ? Lol, I didn't know that technical devices are named after Philosophers …

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January 24th, 2014, 23:50
@joxer: I avoid noname brands when it comes to hifi. Its too difficult to assess the quality of them. I much rather prefer a well reviewed one.

@Pladio: I want mine to be both a DAC and a pre-amplifier. Then I just need an amplifier.

@Alrik: The name Hegel came from a rock-metal band its founder played in - The Hegel Band. No idea where they got the idea from…

Here's how its gonna be connected:
PC (2$ range) -> DAC (integrated soundcard) -> Amplifier (1000$ range,100-125 watt) -> Speakers (1500$ range, 200 watt)
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January 26th, 2014, 01:59
Pladio I have DAC because my TV has only optical output and I can't plug wireless headphones directly into TV so I had to buy DAC.
This is the one I got (and from that online shop since it's in my country):
http://www.conrad.hr/?websale8=conrad-hr&pi=424379


But it's not DAC he wants, that's why I asked for details. And he provided them. And I can't suggest anything in this case as I've never bought speakers that cost 1500$.

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January 26th, 2014, 05:21
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..And I can't suggest anything in this case as I've never bought speakers that cost 1500$.
Me neither. I got mine secondhand, half the price.
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January 27th, 2014, 08:12
@joxer,

I misunderstood your question then.
Well, no worries then.

Can't be of anymore help.
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