I want to drive APA102 based LED strip from Raspberry Pi, and this strip needs 5V logic level. While I have heard that some people got it working without level shifter or with quick&dirty diode and resistor solutions, I would like to have something solid and stable, which can be plugged into a breadboard for prototyping.
I have read that not all shifters would be good for driving LED strips. For example, TXB0104 might not be suited for this task. Adafruit recommends 74AHCT125. Unfortunately, this chip is hard to find, there are only 74AHCT125D and other variations which will need additional soldering.
Is there any good and reliable and easy-to-find (e-bay or chinese stores) alternative to 74AHCT125, which can be plugged straight into a breadboard and used with LED strip without any additional passive components?