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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:52 am 
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Hi, I'm looking for some advice on upgrading my desktop system DAC. I'm running MacBook Pro with JRiver into Jitterbug, into Dragonfly 1.2 into power amp. I'd like to upgrade from Dragonfly. Thought about Chord Mojo but read they run really hot when plugged in all the time and even some battery issues. I am space constrained and the unit must be small with built in preamp.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:58 am 
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Have a look at the NuPrime DACs. They're really quite good indeed - especially the DAC9 (and if that's over your budget the little USBmini is kinda' wicked for the money!

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:04 am 
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I had NuPrime STA-9 amp and also NuForce Ref 9, so yes, I love them.

Does the DAC have pre-amp built in?


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:29 am 
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VegliaAudio wrote:
Hi, I'm looking for some advice on upgrading my desktop system DAC. I'm running MacBook Pro with JRiver into Jitterbug, into Dragonfly 1.2 into power amp. I'd like to upgrade from Dragonfly. Thought about Chord Mojo but read they run really hot when plugged in all the time and even some battery issues. I am space constrained and the unit must be small with built in preamp.
Your thoughts would be much appreciated!
Thanks
V


Have a look at the Pro-Ject Pre Box S2. Could be the product for you. Haven't tried it but there's quite a buzz about it on https://www.computeraudiophile.com/forums/topic/34777-pro-ject-pre-box-s2-digital-mqa-hw-decoding-at-reasonable-cost/ as well as http://pinkfishmedia.net/forum/threads/pro-ject-pre-box-s2-digital-dac.201691/, the latter being the forum where the designer, John Westlake of M-DAC fame, posts. Look for poster JohnW.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:54 pm 
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Have you considered th ehigher end of the 2 latest generation Dragonflys? I really like the form factor and thot that would be a good start when i have to go on the road.

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Look into the ifi Micro idsd Black label.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:10 am 
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Yes the Nuprime dac9 has preamp abilities


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planet10 wrote:
Have you considered th ehigher end of the 2 latest generation Dragonflys? I really like the form factor and thot that would be a good start when i have to go on the road.

dave


From what I've read, seems like the newer versions are not that much of an upgrade over 1.2 In fact some reviewers prefer 1.2 to Black.
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-- 09 Dec 2017 15:16 --

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Yes the Nuprime dac9 has preamp abilities


Yep, figured. This is currently probably on top of my list. Really like the price to performance ratio of NuPrime.
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