1K dac


actually I don't need an usb input as I will feed this dac with the coaxial out of a squeezebox touch.

I wouldn't mind going on a used one, even if it's really old.
the only thing that matters is the sound quality.

my budget covers everything under 1K$

I saw the ack dac 2.0, It doesn't seem to be very popular nowadays, but I found a lot of thread around 2005/2006, what do YOU think?

thanks for reading
Having owned some pretty good digital equipment and DACs (Esoteric, Wadia, DCS stack, Levinson, EMM Labs), I have a few DACs in this price range and below that I can recommend:

Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista = about $850 I think
Kora Hermes = about $750 I think currently

These units may not have the "latest" chip-set, but they blow out the current "hot chipset dacs" in sound quality in my experience. They have much better power supplies and analog output stages.

I have listened to several of the "highly promoted" $1K - $2K DACs with the "latest and greatest" chipsets and have been unimpressed from an overall perspective (Obviously I have not heard them all). In fact, I would hazard to guess that with a lot of these "newest chipset" DACs you won't be able to tell a difference in a double blind test vs. just running your Logitech Duet or Touch direct!

But if you buy smart, you can easily bring in a few DACs and test for yourself. You should be able to turn them at no or vitually no cost to you.
I have a Burson 160D for sale. Like Rex44 said, if you can find one used it would be nice......
does anyone know how the dacs mentionned above would compare against the satch dac?

anyway thanks for those who helped me, it's great to be in a so much "open-minded" community.
now I think that I've seen most of the options.
so I just have to decide, and I will post my decision here to help those who are in the same situation.
(I will buy it in a month or two, probably)
anyway thanks for those who helped me, it's great to be in a so much "open-minded" community.

heh, heh, heh, heh! yeah, you have no idea how open-minded we really are .... ;-)