So I’m looking at this Monoprice DAC, because it’s on sale for $64. https://www.monoprice.com/product?c_id=304&cp_id=30405&cs_id=3040505&p_id=29512&seq=1&format=2
It seems really weird to me that this thing hasn’t gotten more coverage, and this reviewer claims it sounds pretty much identical to AudioQuest Cobalt. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76hq8Wz0rFw I don’t know much about him but he does appear to have a lot of audio content.
I’m in the market for a $75ish DAC/amp, and I’m trying to figure why I shouldn’t get the Monoprice. It would be mostly for PC (already have a LG G8), so it doesn’t have to be portable. Are there any better options? The FX DAC-X6 looks very popular, but amirm on audiosciencereview.com doesn’t recommend it.
There are some other options like Topping D10, SMSL M100, etc. but they are pushing my budget (D10 unavailable on Amazon anyway). Regardless, wouldn’t a DF Cobalt clone/whatever be better?
Any help you guys can provide would be amazing. Most of the threads I’ve looked through for budget stuff is $150+, and that’s out of my current range.
Thanks for the help.