Can anyone recommend a small USB or optical DAC with volume/tone controls that won't fall apart? The one I have is having weird buzzing issues and the volume potentiometer has always been flaky. I tried a Behringer UMC204HD and it's a great audio recording device but an awful output device. I'd go for the Mackie Big Knob but that's too big!
I'd just go back to using onboard PC audio but I really like having the volume control to hand, tone controls for when I use headphones and a simple on/off switch. I can mimic most on the DAP mixer but it has no tone controls for the headphones, maybe I just need to tag the headphones on to the cassette output and use those controls.
I'm interested in suggestions anyway. Cheers.
ALRIGHT THAT ONLY TOOK HALF A YEAR I GUESS... ahemm, sorry about that...Because of whatever spring sale shenzhenaudio was having, I ordered one of these for the office (SMSL AD18). I still have a kit for DIY bookshelf speakers somewhere in the basement that I have to build (example pic below, my cabinets will look quite a bit different though), so those will go on the desk to be driven by this little box. Anything else would be overkill, really, and the bluetooth source means I can easily switch between my desktop PC and the work laptop without too much faff. I trust the DAC in there is also a bunch better than the onboard crap in my PC, so I'm quite happy about the digital inputs. No idea how the unit handles headphones (having to pull the plug to get the speakers to work would be annoying), but I have another source for the headphones that I could switch to anyway.
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