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What DAC - help please dudes!
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Hello, I plan to use my new TV with Hard drive attached to play my music so need a DAC to connect Digital Audio Out (Optical) to my Roksan Kandy amp, I only have £150 to spend, what should I get?!

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RE: What DAC - help please dudes!

The TV will probably have analogue outputs, so use those. 

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Hello, I plan to use my new TV with Hard drive attached to play my music so need a DAC to connect Digital Audio Out (Optical) to my Roksan Kandy amp, I only have £150 to spend, what should I get?!

I would recommend a Beresford DAC ...

http://www.homehifi.co.uk/products/TC-7530DC.html

It costs a little more than your budget (£149 + VAT) but it also offers a good quality headphone amp (for digital sources plugged into it).

It has two co-ax and two optical inputs so leaves a bit of scope for connecting other devices.

I used an older version of the latest Beresford (with TV sound from an optical digital output) for a couple of years and it sounded far better than using just the analogue connections from the television (or Panasonic DVD/Freeview/recorder in my case back then).

[EDIT] I have just noticed that Beresford offer their DAC in both silver and black finishes. So, presumably, you can get one to match the rest of your kit...

http://www.homehifi.co.uk/PP/Digital_Audio_1.html

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RE: What DAC - help please dudes!

Thanks chebby for the extremely helpful response, I'd not seen that one, better than an Arcam RLink - anyone know?

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http://www.avforums.com/reviews/Epiphany-Acoustics-E-DAC-24-bit-USB-DAC-Review_339/Review.html

http://epiphany-acoustics.co.uk/products-page/dacs/e-dac-24bit-miniature-usb-dac/

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This will do you just fine for £17. I'm not kidding the sound was better than the Arcam rPac and the FiiO E10. Worth a punt just to check for yourself.

 

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