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DAC replacement

I currently have my computer hooked up to a MicroMega MyDac then to a Jolida hybrid tube amp. I'd like to replace the MyDac with a new DAC. Any suggestions on something that would be an "upgrade" to the MyDac? I tend to like a warmer sound....
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Budget?
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Budget?
Well, that's a moving target. :-) I'd say $300 right now. I'm also deciding whether I should just replace the amp or replace both......
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Try the Schiit Modius ($199)

I think I'd probably give the new Schiit Modius a try. Their stuff typically pleases owners, it's not said to be hard and brittle (as reviews say about the MyDAC), and the Modius measures well, too. If you don't like it, Schiit offers a 15-day money-back trial (I don't know the terms & conditions).

The only caution is that the USB input doesn't work with versions of Windows lower than 10, because they didn't have Class 2 USB drivers, and Schiit doesn't supply one. Linux, Mac, or W10, you're all set.

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another option would be the SMSL SU8 about $250 RCA and XLR out with volume control and remote very convenient and sound great
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here are 2 more options:

Geshelli ENOG2 Pro $180

JDS Labs EL DAC II $300 (new)

or $250 (b-stock)

I own the Schiit Modius have Windows 10 & have been unable to use 1 USB cable (audio+power) so I use optical instead. The Geshelli was unavailable when I purchased the Schiit otherwise I may have purchased that instead.

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Ended up getting a Topping D70. Thanks for all the suggestions.
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I'm always confused by the love of Topping. They are so meh... maybe measuring well but sound like a cellphone dac. (well.. not that bad, but close.)

at the price point the modius is pretty amazing. But if you are happy with the D70, then that is all that matters. Don't listen to the internet.

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I ended up returning the D70. I got caught up in all of the measurements thinking that was most important and then later learned that measurements don't matter if I don't like the sound.
I just bought a used Ayre Codex on eBay. Should be here tomorrow.
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hrmm.. don't know that one. Hopefully you like it.

just note, if you end of looking for something else, don't be blinded by the chip in it. It is the total package that matters. Power and isolation are very important.
I personally like multi-bit dacs (ladder dacs) but those are more costly. That said, because of all the extra engineering for ladder dacs it is likely that something wasn't cheaped out.

The suggestions for the Modius is still a good (cheap) choice even it is isn't a ladder dac.

A resource i'd suggest for helping you pick between dacs is www.superbestaudiofriends.org. They have a nice mix of measurements and how it sounds. (I dislike the cultish ASR)

EDIT:
if you are looking for an all in one (with headphone amp) (which you might not want as a the thing you'd change the most is the dac, but tech for amps isn't going to be changing much)
check out the schiit Lyr:
https://www.schiit.com/products/lyr-1
It can come with a dac multi or not. (the multibit is better)
You can play with tubes too. Even if you don't want to tube roll, it looks cool.. haha which is something.
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I'm always confused by the love of Topping. They are so meh... maybe measuring well but sound like a cellphone dac.
Since some cellphone DACs sound perfect to the ear, meaning the sound passing through them is completely indistinguishable from the direct signal, when tested under scientifically controlled conditions to preclude expectation bias, this sounds like a good brand to buy if you ask me. Perfect transparency is indeed exactly what I want in a DAC.
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Just got the Codex. So far, pretty happy with it. Still very detailed but not as bright as the D70. Even sounds good in Roon without any adjustments. Aurdirvana sounds good as usual.
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Just got the Codex. So far, pretty happy with it. Still very detailed but not as bright as the D70. Even sounds good in Roon without any adjustments. Aurdirvana sounds good as usual.
So that costs $1800 new. Would have been interesting if you would have kept the D70 and actually done some direct A/B comparisons to see if it was worth the extra $1300 less your used ebay price (and yes, not an equal cost comparison b/c the Codex is a DAC/amp - but I assume you must already have some other amp since you ordered the D70). Wondering if you really would have noticed the D70 sounding "bright" if you did some quick switches back and forth.

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Good points. I should have done that. However, I can tell that the Codex is less bright (to me) because I can listen longer. To someone else it probably isn't bright, just detailed.
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