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The E10K mentioned below is a good option. There's also this fantastic combo for a bit more.
Amazon - Audioengine D1
If you're okay with spending around $300, JDS Labs makes some FANTASTIC DACs/amps/combos.
Edit: Some people will recommend Schiit products. Don't do it. Their products are literally shit and their customer service makes Comcast look good.
I would have definitely wagered that my denon had a better DAC than my 1980s sony discman D2 lol. I don't think it's a particularly good discman or anything
I guess my next upgrade will be a better DAC then I'll test again
Check this out at Amazon.com
Audioengine D1 24-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter [link]
that looks pretty affordable
So i found this DAC today and was wondering if you had any opinion on this? I'm assuming I can connect it to my pc via the usb and the ps4 to it by the optical. I then connect the two monitor to the dac directly. I'm I far off base here or would this work?
So just to clarify, I do want a setup that would allow me to power my Audio-technica ATH-M50x. So a pair Audioengine A5s with the D1 24-bit DAC all I need?
well it only happens when im playing games, so maybe its coil whine or whatever. and ya the headphones and speakers work fine on other* devices. and i tried plugging in my earbuds directly into my sound card and the same thing, whining while playing games. do DACs even help with this? i had some guy over on pcmasterrace a while back tell me it does and recommended this is it any good?
Thanks ggfools! I do have an audioengine d1 dac.
Would this work in place of the FiiO D3?
I want to preserve the surround sound for shooters and such but I read that USB DACs will not allow surround to go through. If I were to go with [link] and connect it to the mobo optical out, would I remove the static and preserve surround sound?
Cool. Just an example here. If you're going with an external box, I recommend a "DAC with volume control". That's decent search text to get you started. Happy hunting.
I'm not the one to ask about any type of simulated surround sound. I rarely even use an equalizer with my equipment.
I purchased audioengine D1 and I really enjoy but I have an older Macbook Pro. There is a BIG improvement for me.
You might want to look into this AMP/DAC combo.
I've been using it for about 2 weeks and so far I'm quite happy with it. It's a protable amp so it won't drive very high impedance headphones though
I'm using a Traktor S4 MK3 controller which has a built-in soundcard, so it's just connected to the mac mini via USB, and the speakers are connected to the controller.
Depending on your use-case, you will need an audio interface or DAC.
(They are similar but 'audio interfaces' are geared towards music production because they'll often have low latency and extra inputs whereas 'DACs' are usually more tailored towards music listening with a simpler set of inputs)
Example audio interface: [link]
Example DAC: [link]
I know that if you get teh M-50 this might be out of your price range. but The Audioengine D1 DAC I've heard is pretty good.
Plus on amazon, someone already had the Fiio E-10 and is comparing it between the two. It should be the top comment. [link]
theres a Massdrop for the Audioegine D1 DAC for 100 dollars. basically a group buy that passes the savings onto you. normally it cost around $150. [link]
Again, I think you're good with the headphones alone, but if you want the DAC, thats a pretty good deal for a pretty solid DAC.
I got the Audioengine D1 and loving it so far.
I have some slightly dated studio monitors and a DAC, I pulled them off the setup...because they are too loud to be used regularly. Looking at getting the G506 not too sure. Also, my chair blows....i sit so low, so increasing the monitor is not the issue right now. I need chair help.
Thanks for your feedback <3
Thanks -- is this what you have?
Use a DAC or amp or both Audioengine D1 24-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter [link]
budget/used mid-fi here looking for a desktop headphone amp under $175. Or should it be a headphone amp/dac? Or should I get a headphone amp that has preamp outs, to put inline with my speaker amp and DAC? Maybe a tube amp, as all I listen to is Grateful Dead recordings from the 60's-early 80's and think a tube might fit the character.
My bedroom setup is pc --usb-->
Cambridge Audio DAC Magic --rca-->
Micca Origain speaker amp/DAC --> Elac B6
This leaves no room for headphones, which I currently power off a cheap usb card that came with a gaming headset. I have a bunch of chifi IEMs, and a couple low (~32 ohm) impedence headphones for now, but am planning on buying something more demanding soon.
The DAC magic is an older usb 1.0 model that only does 16/48, but apparently has high-end technology that upscales everything to 24/96 (or higher I iirc). It also has balanced xlr input/output which I have no use for. Anyways I can tell a slight edge and prefer it over the built-in DAC on the Origain, even though that does 24/96 over usb (and I have close to 100gb of 24/96 flac music...).
The Origain is cool but I think it starts to get channel imbalance when knob gets below 25%, which is usually where I keep it. So I wonder if a pre-amp with volume control could help optimize that better? To use the Dac magic, I'd need a headphone amp with line outs anyway.
So for under $175, would you go for:
+newer DAC would allow me to natively enjoy my 24/96 flac, or even DSD
-still might not be as good as the dacmagic
headphone amp with lineout, put it in between my dac and speaker amp
+Might allow me to turn Origain's knob higher to prevent imbalance at lower levels
-Should I avoid having another device in the signal path if I can?
Also, instead of going for a headphone amp/preamp, could I just use a blanced xlr to unbalanced rca adapter on my Dac Magic to use a cheaper standalone amp like the Bravo 2?
Ideas: cheap tube amp like LittleDot Mk2, littlebear P7, xduoo TA-01, Bravo Audio Ocean Mini
or digital: Bravo S1, FX Audio DAC-X6, DEAFidelity Elfidelity, SMSL VMV V2, SMSL M6, Audioengine D1, or FiiO E10K
I'm scraping together pennies to put down on some cans soon. Either AKG 7somethings, Beyerdynamic DTsomethings 250 ohm, or Sennheiser 6somethings...whatever pops up on Craigslist or letgo.
I need to buy a DAC for my JBL LSR305's as my pc makes them hiss.
My friend recommends a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 over a Audioengine D1, he says the D1 is shit.
Upon questioning further he said that the audio quality will be the same (I don't produce music or anything) and the 2i2 has more features. I would guess that the D1 would be better if I'm purely listening to music, as that's it's only function.
Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
How does that compare to a typical USB DAC like this: [link]
Depending how it compares to a good usb DAC (I have this) that could either be really cheap or really expensive for what you get.
Is [link] it? It just says DAC. No amp? I dont mind spending a little more on something if it will be markedly better. Thanks!
I've got this right now Audioengine D1 24-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter [link]
I was thinking 880s since those are on sale as well
I saw those they look great (would love more info on those knobs/switches). That's kind of what I had in mind just with a radio backend. When I did my table install in my Jetta a few years back I pulled this mod to relocate the faceplate. With a bit more engineering I could have done just the buttons for a cleaner look but that was an cheaper car so I didn't really care much. I'm looking at doing the same thing in my new car (because manufacturers still think WVGA is an acceptable resolution in 2016) but doing away with the HU and just using a high bitrate DAC to feed the amps. Im thinking the audioengine d1 for now but nothing set. This is why I'm interested to see what you come up with.
Would you recommend the
Audio Engine D1? Or would you recommened Cambridge Audio DacMagic 100?
Audioengine D1 $169
AudioQuest Dragonfly $130
I recommend the Dragonfly, it is the cheaper of the two because it doesn't have as much power output, but you don't need much since the m40x are easily driven.
You have the £120 for the Essence STX and can't afford a DAC and headphone amp? They cost the same, stop listening to people that tell you only to buy the stupidly expensive shit.
[link] - Combined DAC and headphone amp for 140. Near the top of the consumer range.
Or go the route of separated components.
I have the Senn HD650. Total noob when it comes to audio. I'm considering DAC and amp. What's a good midrange option? Is the Audioengine D1 good enough?
I guess I'll go with the Magni/Modi 2 based on this review.
Looking for Amp purchase advice and I'm confused between these two:
1) Audioengine D1 24-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter
2) The Schiit Magni 2 with the Schiit Modi 2
I'm a beginner in this world so don't come for me if these two are completely different products :D I plan on using them with the AKG K553s that I ordered on Massdrop recently.
Like a few have said already, you are going to need a DAC with a Toslink input. depending on your budget you could go for something like this: this or a cheaper simple alternative like this: this
Ah ok. So shipping to canada is 60$, I was looking at this one on amazon.
Would it be a good compromise to the Uber?
what's your next purchase ya think? do you think somethjnh like this would bridge the gap?
I was originally going to test my Sony Playstation but the laser was dead and I found my old Sony discman d2 and took it for a spin to see how it'd hold up. I was amazed that it actually sounded better
> What is the advantage of having the Schiit stack compared to this?
Nothing. If you need TOSlink because you have a gaming system, then get this.
> Also, beside powering headphones with higher impedance, what is the point of owning more expensive Dacs and Amps?
Nothing. Especially for Grados.
> Thank you.
You're welcome! :D
ooh sorry about that Here is an amazon llink, im getting this for $127 w/shipping and at this point i dont have any cans that need an amp but im looking at possibly getting a pair of HD 600's or another can in that price range.
i recommend schiit stack, really worth it but its 200$. other cheap amps like fiio e10k would be able to drive 6xx, but you will not get the full potential of 6xx. i've used audioengine D1 and worked like charm.