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Old January 26, 2013, 04:21 PM
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If you can stretch your budget, look at the ODAC.

I bought my ObjectiveDAC from AudioPoutine (https://www.facebook.com/AudioPoutine) for $165 USD when it was first released. Met up with him locally, but I think he charges $15 for shipping. Amazing bang for buck. I don't think I'll need another sound card (for music), ever.

Sounds super clean (have it paired with an O2 amp for my headphones), and doesn't need drivers. Just plug and go (maybe tweak the output to 24/96 in Control Panel first). Even works with an iPad if you want to do a bit of adapter hacking.

You can read more about it here:
NwAvGuy: ODAC Released
The Hopelessly Derailed ODAC/Objective DAC Anticipation/Discussion Thread

Another option which is quite a bit cheaper is the FiiO E10. Haven't heard one myself, but it gets a lot of great reviews.
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E10, new USB DAC ? updated with photos of real E10 )
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