There's a couple of other options, it depends on where your priorities lie in terms of capacity vs audio fidelity. How much space are you looking for?
It can make a difference, it depends on the system as a whole really. But if you're using good quality mp3s and a decent amp and headphone/speaker combo, I'd say investing in an external DAC would be a nice choice. On the budget end, the FiiO E10 USB DAC/amp is quite well regarded, you can bypass it's internal amp and feed the analog straight into your main amp using either the coax-out or line-out ports. It's a dinky little thing and is USB powered so it won't add much desk clutter either. You can pick it up for £50 from either
www.amp3.com and www.hifiheadphones.com (Both of which I've used, excellent sites), although they're both out of stock at the moment. There's a couple of Amazon retailers with them in stock, but they're charging an extra tenner.
(Original post by SMed)
You seem to be into your audio...
What's a good cheap recommendation for a DAC? I want to run the sound from my PC to an old vintage stereo amplifier that I'm going to restore (as best I can I guess). I've heard onboard mobo DACs are crap. But would I even be able to hear the difference in quality between an onboard and dedicated DAC if I'm just listening to standard itunes mp3s?
That's what I'd go for at least, but I'm relatively new to this if you sign up and ask at head fi you'll find infinitely more experienced people who might know something I don't. Even on that site though, FiiO are universally praised for their low-end DAC and amp offerings, so I'd like to think they'd agree with me XD
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