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In Reply to: RE: Stream me up Scotty! (Thank you Cut Throat!) posted by Story on August 12, 2020 at 04:53:42
Topping E30 -$130 (I got mine for less used)
Monthly Qobuz - $15 (less than the cost of a single CD)
Raspberry Pi if wanted instead of a cable - $100 for everything needed and then some.
My setup sounds better than anything I've ever had and the music is virtually unlimited.
Do you need a separate power supply or is usb power okay? I don't see a wall wart in with the dac.
you can use usb power, that's what I started with. It comes with 2 USB cables, one for power with a tip and one for data with a micro USB. Since I use battery power from an Anker charger ($25 if you don't already have one) it only occurred to me a few days later that the charger has 2 ports, so I plug my RPi into one and the E30 in the other rather than taking power through the RPi. It worked both ways and I can't say it sounded any different.
I have a linear 5v supply that I haven't tried yet, an iFi iPower, and a whole bunch of generic switching supplies. I'll give them all a try at some point but battery was my preferred method when I used an Allo Boss on my Pi.
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