Adventures with a Soldering Iron Part 2 (DAC Build)
Having enjoyed building (well, assembling) my nCore amps I've decided to have a crack at building a DAC. This build will be a bit more complicated because the DAC will arrive as a pile of bits that need soldering onto the respective boards.
So which DAC is it I hear you say? Here is a link to the designer's website that explains all about it:
It's a NOS DAC based on the PCM1794 chip. My initial build will consist of one DAC board but it is possible to stack the boards. In standard form the only input is USB, but it is possible buy an S/PDIF board for it as well. Output transformers or fancy caps can also be added but for now I'll stick with the basic build, consisting of:
USB input board
5v power supply for USB
12v power supply for DAC board
Total cost for these parts was £350.
I've heard a version of this DAC with four boards/upgraded caps which was very impressive. Just need to find a suitable case for it now and I can start building. Pics and more information to follow soon.