HWZ Forums

Login Register FAQ Mark Forums Read

Cheapest USB DAC (for a Laptop)?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 22-04-2016, 03:22 PM   #1
Arch-Supremacy Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 10,089
Cheapest USB DAC (for a Laptop)?

Hi guys, what's the cheapest USB DAC I can get in the market (second-hand also ok) right now? I need it ASAP for a friend's laptop as its headphone jack does not work in Windows (Linux can though) and all sorts of drivers do not solve the issue.

I understand there used to be the UD series from Stoner Acoustics, but that's discontinued for some time liao, so will need other alternatives... Will HiFimeDIY's DACs be a good alternative?

Friend's requirements is something simple, as long he can use headphones can liao.

Thanks!
darkarn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-04-2016, 05:16 PM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 247
HiFiMeDIY DACs are pretty decent, using the ES 9018 chip. Only downside is that it bypasses the windows volume control and needs to be controlled via the application itself i.e. youtube, vlc, winamp
sharkkae is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-04-2016, 09:20 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
xuan87's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 2,356
You can look at the FiiO K1 too, available for $79
xuan87 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23-04-2016, 02:30 AM   #4
Arch-Supremacy Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 10,089
HiFiMeDIY DACs are pretty decent, using the ES 9018 chip. Only downside is that it bypasses the windows volume control and needs to be controlled via the application itself i.e. youtube, vlc, winamp
Ah I see, so they are more for pairing with amps that can help in the volume control?

You can look at the FiiO K1 too, available for $79
Thanks, can consider too seeing how it allows on-the-fly volume control and got local warranty support unlike the HiFiMeDIY DACs.

As for my friend, for now I managed to get those really cheap $10 USB sound cards (those small plastic USB sticks that have headphones out and mic in ports) since he just wants something cheap and to tide over for now. I will be more than happy to point him to these options (and more?) should he want something better
darkarn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23-04-2016, 08:18 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 694
I have the Asus Xonar U7 with sound out and mic in. It also comes with a big volume knob and Dolby Home Theatre software. Quite abit of features. Price is about 150 bucks when I got it about almost 1 year back.
halnala is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23-04-2016, 09:39 PM   #6
Arch-Supremacy Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 10,089
It is bigger than the other options though (friend prefer something smaller like the size of a USB stick)
darkarn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25-04-2016, 01:26 PM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 247
Ah I see, so they are more for pairing with amps that can help in the volume control?
Really depends on your purpose really, you can directly hook up your headphones, just gotta ensure the volume is properly managed.
sharkkae is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25-04-2016, 07:26 PM   #8
Member
 
desyeosc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 322
You could try the Fiio K1. Very small in size and lightweight as well. I'm using it myself for my PC and surprisingly it works for my phone(iPhone) which "suppose to be unable to work with iPhone".

As for sound, alittle colored thou, but still acceptable

Hi guys, what's the cheapest USB DAC I can get in the market (second-hand also ok) right now? I need it ASAP for a friend's laptop as its headphone jack does not work in Windows (Linux can though) and all sorts of drivers do not solve the issue.

I understand there used to be the UD series from Stoner Acoustics, but that's discontinued for some time liao, so will need other alternatives... Will HiFimeDIY's DACs be a good alternative?

Friend's requirements is something simple, as long he can use headphones can liao.

Thanks!
__________________
[Music]
Westone 4R(Reshelled)/AKG K3003
desyeosc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25-04-2016, 07:46 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 694
I have a Creative Sound Blaster Play! which has sound out and mic in. Got it for about 30 bucks 1 year back.

Let me search for it tonight. If I can find it, I will give it away since I no longer have any use for it.
halnala is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30-04-2016, 11:38 PM   #10
Arch-Supremacy Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 10,089
Really depends on your purpose really, you can directly hook up your headphones, just gotta ensure the volume is properly managed.
True true, especially if the headphones are easy to drive (which means no need amp also can)

You could try the Fiio K1. Very small in size and lightweight as well. I'm using it myself for my PC and surprisingly it works for my phone(iPhone) which "suppose to be unable to work with iPhone".

As for sound, alittle colored thou, but still acceptable
Thanks, I guess that text is just a disclaimer!

I have a Creative Sound Blaster Play! which has sound out and mic in. Got it for about 30 bucks 1 year back.

Let me search for it tonight. If I can find it, I will give it away since I no longer have any use for it.
Thanks man, I had gotten it from you on Thursday night and got it to work with the laptop!
darkarn is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply
Important Forum Advisory Note
This forum is moderated by volunteer moderators who will react only to members' feedback on posts. Moderators are not employees or representatives of HWZ. Forum members and moderators are responsible for their own posts.

Please refer to our Terms of Service for more information.


Thread Tools

Posting Rules

Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On