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Hello all,

I am hoping to get some suggestions on some different DACs.

I currently have a pair of Alesis MKII Active monitors and I don't want to replace them. Up until now I was running the audio out from my various devices to a small Yamaha mixing console but the problem now is that almost all of my new gear only has optical out. If possible I would love to replace the mixer with a DAC that has optical in and XLR out, or I could leave the mixer if I can find a decent DAC that only has RCA or 1/4" out.

Anyone have any suggestions? I was considering the Tubemagic D1 Plus, but it doesn't have XLR out and I can't really find that much about it online. I was also looking at something from TEAC, I just don't want to spend too much otherwise it might make more sense to just accept the fact that I am going to have to replace my speakers with a new system.

Thanks!
 

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Audioengine?
They have wireless DAC's for applications like you describe (RCA out).
I use the DAC/Headphone Amp and like it, but that's USB-in..
 

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Behringer UCA202

....and avoid "audiophile" forums where you will be convinced that you need to spend several hundred dollars to get anything decent.
 

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I am very late to this thread / subject.

But I found myself in a "similar" situation. Recently.

Wanted to connect a newer TV to my retro Stereo system - for MUCH better sound.
[ Crappy little speakers in flat screen TV's now, and sub-par/weak/ audio amp / audio section of TV ... TV's now in general. ]

Don't care for the expense and added complexity of a full 5.1 surround system - with new Amp and speakers "And all that extra CRAP and NONSENSE" all around the room.
Just want 2 really good speakers - L and R stereo - on either side of the TV. And don't want a "sound bar"
Wanna use my existing sound system. Dual purpose as a stereo system, and HDTV sound system. With big excellent retro 3 way speakers - in nice heavy wooden cabinets. 12" base speaker, mid and tweeter - which are placed on either side of the TV.


But my retro stereo system / Amplifier Tuner - has NO digital inputs. No SPDIF inputs / No Optical Digital input / No Coaxial digital audio input.

And the new HDTV - has *NO* useful ANALOG audio output. No RCA line level analog audio output. Not even a headphone output.

[ and you will find practically NO new TV's now - offer a simple analog audio output. Boo. I asked at Best Buy "do you sell ANY TV with that?" Ans: NO. And the look of "Where the heck are you coming from ... the stone age or what"

My thought: Maybe some manufacturer/model out there still offers that ... not sure. But BOO ! ]


So I searched the net for something simple and inexpensive / reasonable in cost - for what I wanna do.

Best Buy had, on the rack:

A small unit: Insignia NS-HZ313-C that converts Optical or Coaxial audio out of TV - to simple RCA line level analog L R stereo - to feed to a free input ["Tape 2 Monitor" RCA input] on my excellent sounding retro stereo system.

It was about $40 plus tax - coming to around $45 total with taxes.
And it was on the rack - in stock - off the shelf - in the Best Buy store.

So far works GREAT. Simple.

Sounds great too.
Just from listening carefully - on a pretty good stereo:
Noise is VERY low - almost un-noticeable. (very low white noise / hiss).
Sound Quality is very good.
And the electrical LEVEL of the Line Level output is - I would say - "Correct" ( you don't have to crank the volume of the stereo way up - to get the right volume out of the speakers. Is about "right" "correct" - comparing to other sound sources to the stereo. )

Powered by a small adaptor / wall wart - 5V DC 600mA. Uses little power.

Small enough to fasten to the back of the TV - somehow.

Needs / does *NOT* include the digital cable - Optical or Coaxial cable.

Does include a short RCA analog cable audio cable. L R Red White.

Requires that the TV have / in the Menus / Setup Option / and be switched to PCM digital Audio out [ ? PCM - Digital Stereo, L R ? As opposed to "RAW" ]

i.e. you've got to be able to switch the Digital Audio output of the TV to "PCM" - in order for this
little Digital to Analog Convertor - to work. So check your TV's menus / options / instruction manual.


Probably NOT Audiophile Sound Quality - but pretty darn good - for its cost and for what it is.
Good ' N ' NUFF for ME !

Research / searching on the net - reading the reviews of quite a few people - this sort of simple
device seems to do the trick for quite a few ... who do *NOT* want to go to all the added expense, complexity, speakers and wires all over the room, of a "surround sound" system.

And who already have - an excellent sounding stereo system.


So far so good for me. Has not been too long yet - time will tell if it is reliable and good - long term. But for $45 bucks Canadian total - I will certainly "give it a try".

P.S. also seen online / similar product: DYNEX DX-SF110 (a very similar product - but I think only sold in Best Buy U.S.A. stores / not offered in CANADA ... I do not think / not sure. )
 

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On eBay the these audio converters are about $10. HDMI to analog converters are also available. They mostly handle 24 bit audio so the sound should be good. These days, DACs and small audio chips, even the cheap ones, have very good sound. It's not like 20 years ago when cheap audio devices had atrocious S/N ratios and ridiculous amounts of distortion.
 

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YES. Check out BEHRINGER.

jokeDR said:
Behringer UCA202

....and avoid "audiophile" forums where you will be convinced that you need to spend several hundred dollars to get anything decent.

YES. Try BEHRINGER - for better quality audio stuff.


I do not own any BEHRINGER equipment myself.

... but I have seen (& used) some Behringer audio equipment - and I think that Behringer stuff is probably "pretty darn good audio equipment".


They sometimes use some different brand or model names - on the equipment - like ex. "XENYX" (? by Behringer ?) (? a small mixer w/USB output).

But made or designed by "BEHRINGER" - I think.


Ya - having XLR type [Analog] connectors are more for PRO audio. For "Balanced" signals / lines / cables. For lower noise etc.
[ GOOD quality, and more expensive microphones generally ALL have XLR connectors - as does good quality Audio equipment - ex. for LIVE bands -amps - cables etc. ]

[ & check out & read, for interest - the THEORY of "BALANCED" Audio signals. BALANCED cables and connectors. Differential Amplifiers ... how that works / why that is used, sounds better, and how that gives you lower noise - by cancelling out the common noise on cables. More for PRO stuff - but very interesting ! ]


But I have also seen some BEHRINGER equipment that is having, in addition to ANALOG i/p and o/p's now,
ALSO having as well: Digital inputs and/or Digital Outputs - of various types - incorporated / added to earlier designs of equipment.
To connect as well - to computers and other digital audio sources or equipment, i/p or o/p

Not totally sure. Check it out. Check out Behringer.


I'm sure if you search the BEHRINGER line of equipment - you'll find all sorts of better quality stuff - that also probably costs more - naturally - but probably worth it / good value - for those wanting better equipment ( & sound ).

Probably very good quality audio equipment - for the price.

















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