I have a SONOS audio system. I currently have the SONOS Connect box driving my UPA2 power amps. It functions great but, I want to use an external DAC and avoid the SONOS analog outputs to get the best audio. Any suggestions for a non-USB DAC that doesn't cost a mint? I'm thinking <$200 is my budget. Thx, Rob
Main System (2channel): SONOS Connect Emotiva ERC-1 Emotiva UPA-2 Paradigm Studio-20s
I used an XDA-1. It's ridiculous the prices they are selling at. Now it does have a different sound. Think of it like a "brilliant" treble. It's pretty intoxicating but it's good. Not 100% neutral in the midrange but hard to tell unless you've had better. If you have a USB output, audioquest dragonfly another stellar performer
Last Edit: Aug 19, 2015 19:16:50 GMT -5 by garbulky
Transport: Sony BDP 5100 Blu ray player spdif PC using Musiland Digital Times WASAPI via BNC connection - DAC: DC-1->XLR XPA-1 , RCA->Basx A-100 CD: Denon DCD 600 PCM 61 DAC. RCA Amp: XPA-1 gen 2 using XLR connections. Speakers: Axiom Audio m80 V3, Sennheisser HD700 headphones. two pairs 12 guage each bi-wire speaker cables per monoblock Headphone amp: Basx A-100 (INCREDIBLE VALUE!!)
Other equipment: Asus Xonar essence ST Behringer UCA 202 Sennheiser HD600
Rumor has it they will release a third egi dac that is an even bigger Ego. Don't know if it will take other than USB inputs. But it appears to be coming soon.
XMC-1 DIRAC Full; Oppo 105/Roku Ultra to Panny AE4000 w/106" screen; UltraRendu to LH Labs Geek Pulse X-Infinity; nCore nc400's or Prima Luna Premium Prologue to Maggie 1.7's; Rythmik F25; XPA-5 to CC-470v3 Center/ERD-1's; Thorens TD166 MkII/Denon DL207/XPS-1; 5-zone Sonos w/Def Tech AW5500's @ deck/pool/master bath & Sony SS-MB105/Polk R10 @ great room & kitchen. Two headphone setups: Hifiberry/BasX A100 and Allo BOSS/Schiit Asgard 2 (each to Senn 600's). PC w/Airmotiv 3b's. Roon user.
Arcam Sonlink is a good space fit, but is single dimensional. it is designed to fit directly under the ZP 90 Connect. Only one digital input for the Sonos device is provided, but any line in you attach is run through the DAC.
it connects with a single digital coaxial cable which is incorporated into the Arcam Sonlink. Use one for my bedroom system. Sounds pretty good. They can be had for around $200-250.
Equipment: Speakers, Monitor Audio GR-20 (2 sets) , GR-10, GS-FX, GRLCR, RS1, Martin Logan Dynamo sub. DACs: Schiit Gungnir Multibit, Wyred4Sound (W4S) DAC-2, Meridian Explorer 2, Cambridge Audio DAC Magic Plus (Headphone amp). Oppo-BDP-95 universal Blu-Ray player, AMPS: W4S STI-500 integrated, W4S MC7x250 multlchannel, Yamaha Aventage RXA3010 AVR (pre-pro), Audio Horizon Tube Buffer 5.1, Music players: Bryston BDP-1, Sonore microRendu. Software Roon, and HQ Player.
I don't know what the XDA-2's are going for used, but this would be a good option. I think it is better sounding than the XDA-1. You could also look for a Cambridge Audio DAC Magic. Used it should be in your price range and is a great value. I have yet to hear a Schiit DAC, but I continually read good things.
Speakers: Monitor Audio RS8's, RSLCR, RSFX
Subs: Dual Epik Empires
Powered by: Dual XPA-5's & XMC-1
TV: Samsung 52" A750
Sources: Pio Elite BDP-05fd, Toshiba HD-A30, DirecTV HD, HTPC
Extras: Music Hall 25.2 DAC, JoLida JD9, Panamax 5100 (x2), Roku