May 30, 201995 views

Best DAC for darkvoice?

I have the darkvoice with rca 6as7g and cv181T 6sn7 tubes powering the 6xx. I also have the he400 and a full schiit. I'm curious if anyone has dac recommendations to pair with the darkvoice and 6xx setup specifically. I'd be okay with a dac/Amp combo too if it made sense. I don't have a set budget but something in similar price range to darkvoice would be ideal. In general looking for a dac that performs well above its price point which I wouldn't have to upgrade for a while.
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There's Khadas toneboard (USB) that measures just slightly better than JDS El Dac and is $150 cheaper. Since it is just a bare board, you might want a case for it like this one: https://www.audiophonics.fr/en/aluminium-boxes-cases/aluminum-case-for-khadas-tone-board-p-13626.html Altogether you'll still come out >$100 ahead of El Dac. Here's a list of DACs compared to each other based on their respective SINAD (Signal-to-noise and distortion ratio) measurements: https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/master-sinad-distortion-comparison-graph-for-dacs.4814/ You'll find plenty of DACs in the $100-120 range that measure well against El Dac ($250).
JDS Labs - El Dac or Aune X1S for dac/amp combo in that price range
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Okay, thanks. I was thinking of the grace standard or balanced dac if those drop again
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Focus on the features you need, find devices with those features in your budget, those SINAD numbers indicate damn near inaudible distortion/noise in almost every DAC that site has tested. Inaudible is inaudible no brownie points for making it "more" inaudible. My DAC was released 6 years ago and still handles all formats I care about south of MQA hardware decoding (TEAC UD501). I wanted the dual mono design, own several pieces of gear with this design philosophy and enjoy them immensely.