Is low cost DAC worth it?


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I am driving Boston Acoustic Lynnfield 975 speakers with a Willsenton R8 amp (recent purchase to try it out) and streaming over wifi through Apple Airport Express. It sounds pretty good but I find myself wondering if adding a low cost DAC would improve the sound any?

Maybe something like the Cambridge DacMagic 100 or 200M?

My hearing is not that great anymore, so I don’t think it makes sense to jump on a DAC costing thousands, but I understand the Airport Express is a decent DAC, so not sure if a low cost one would make any difference?

 

tbick

Low cost generally gives a much bigger bang per buck. You can squeeze the lime (spend up) for a little more juice but it will probably be supplanted soon.

Here is another way to consider my question.  Are low cost DACs (such as the Schiit) going to be any better than the DAC in the Apple Airport Express?

The iFi Zen DAC v2 ($199) gets good reviews as punching well above its weight, and even if you add their iPowerX power supply (that you should) you’re still at only $308.  Hard to believe that combo wouldn’t significantly outperform whatever cheap DAC (I didn’t see any info on a DAC) and power supply are in the Airport Express, which was a $100 “lifestyle” product and not an audio component to be taken at all seriously.  Best of luck. 

My Hidizs AP 80 pro under 200 bucks is my best purchase among dac...It is so tiny i use only the touch screen... 😁 It is a dap but i dont recommend it as a dap... It is fixed on my desk...

Very good purchase then on par with my warmer last french dac TDA1543 NOS...

---It is a battery dac.... Then you are out of the electrical grid...

---It contains a huge internal bank for your musical files... No computer noisy link...

---It give a very good basic equalizer and i need one to make my K340 more balanced...

--- It gives a radio  i used sometimes with pleasure...

Name me a dac as good under 200 bucks ?

The sound is clean and my K340 need a very clean source ... If you need a warmer dac buy a NOS or R2R one ...

I just upgraded yesterday my Sansui alpha with a new preamp to use for my other Sansui AU 7700 as a pre for the K340 or i will use the microzotl 2 as headphone amplifier with this dac...

I am already in sonic paradise without the zotl anyway... It is my birthday gift... 😎

The only upgrade for this dac will be one with the BACCH filters nothing else...but it will cost many times all the cost of my actual system with the zotl...

 

Any costly dac without the BACCH filters of Dr. Choueri is a lost of money... It is revolutionary , inform yourself...

Dac technology is mature, all is synergy for sure , but at low cost a very good dac is available...

I cannot fault this dac with the K340... And the K340 is one of the best designed headphone in history...