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  • Volume control internal switch for Series or Shunt (adjust to suit your taste)
  • Headphone Amp OpAmp is changeable! You can tune the tone to suit your taste
  • 100 - 240Vac 50/60 Hz external power supply included
  • External gain switch make it easy to match low or high impedance headphones
  • Short circuit and thermal protection

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Technical Details

  • The Fubar III USB DAC / Headphone Amp lets you connect your computer to your Amplifier and stream your entire music library with remarkable fidelity! Enjoying "High End" sound from your computer has never been easier! With the Fubar III you simply plug and play without having to install additional software or drivers. The Fubar III takes the digital signal from your computer and coverts it to a high quality analog output that connects to any amp or preamp or use the built in headphone amp and l

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • ASIN: B0017JHYJI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 13, 2004

Product Description

The Fubar III USB DAC / Headphone Amp lets you connect your computer to your Amplifier and stream your entire music library with remarkable fidelity! Enjoying "High End" sound from your computer has never been easier! With the Fubar III you simply plug and play without having to install additional software or drivers. The Fubar III takes the digital signal from your computer and coverts it to a high quality analog output that connects to any amp or preamp or use the built in headphone amp and listen with your favorite headphones. The full size USB connection is fully compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux.

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I plugged it in, and was completely blown away by the sound.
ilovegoodstuff
For one, the only input is via USB, so you can only use it on a computer that will provide a digital feed via USB.
MacLink
This unit is very transparent which is exactly what I was looking for.
Luke

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. Johnston on October 28, 2008
USB DACs are the hottest thing in audio right now. The primary advantage of the Fubar III is that it it's so small--barely larger than three packs of playing cards stacked on top of each other. And because it has a USB connection (the only input it has, BTW!) and contains a volume control, you can route it directly from your computer to powered computer speakers without the need for any other components. Best of all, it's highly portable, so you can pack it with your laptop and take it with you, for enjoying high-quality sound through headphones (mini-jack only) while traveling.

For running between a computer and your home stereo, even a secondary stereo in your office, I highly recommend adding the "Supplier" power supply. For only an extra C-note or so, the improvement is easily audible and well worthwhile.

As a DAC (digital-to-analog converter) the Fubar III is surprisingly good, although I feel deficient in experience with more expensive units, which compromises my ability to rank it comparatively. It's a non-upsampling DAC, so CD quality is the best it does. And while I find the sound as good on my home stereo as a decent- or good-quality mid-range CD player, it could be improved--chiefly I notice a bit of hard glassiness on piano music, and a slightly synthetic smoothness to the sound overall. Detail, clarity and dynamics are very pleasing, however, and I can't imagine anyone would be dissatisfied for the money.

The imperative for most people is to get away from the soundcard bundled into their computers, and in that respect the Fubar III is a real winner--it blows away the sound of the soundcard in my 20" iMac.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Luke on July 18, 2008
I've had the Fubar III USB DAC for a couple of months now and I must say, it is awesome. My primary computer is a laptop and the onboard sound was producing less than desirable results. I went looking for a USB solution that would allow me to play my lossless audio files through my stereo with good quality. I don't require surround sound or any fancy processing, just pure stereo sound. After weeks of research and deciding, I purchased the Fubar III. I decided to go with the Fubar III over the Fubar II because I do a fair amount of headphone listening.

This device is completely plug and play on XP, Vista, and Mac OS X (I personally tested it on those OS's). I'm sure it will work on Linux and older versions of Windows too.

The sound quality is excellent. This unit is very transparent which is exactly what I was looking for. I should note that I also purchased the upgraded "Supplier" power supply (Audiophile Products Supplier Power Supply Unit) which actually does make a noticeable difference in sound quality. With the supplier, the sound is more solid and full. It's hard to describe but the sound is definitely better with the power supply upgrade.

I recommend this product for anyone looking to get high quality sound out of their computer.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By MacLink on December 21, 2008
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I've been, for a long time, listening to my mp3 collection through average headphones and speakers, also using the bundled soundcard with my computer. I decided to upgrade the experience and I have had no regrets so far.

I currently use a pair of Sennheiser HD 595's and got this Fubar III DAC/Headphone amplifier. I also got the dedicated power supply unit since the combined price of the two is great for an audiophile, entry level solution.

I've been using the Fubar III for several weeks now and I'm pleased to say that the sound is far better than what I was getting from my 20" iMac's bundled sound card. The Fubar III's sound is much cleaner, clearer and with a better dynamic range. I say 'much' because it's so easily appreciated. I haven't used the Fubar III without the power supply, but I'm sure that without the power supply it will still easily outperform a computers soundcard DAC and headphone output. The power supply is supposed to provide better support for sound at the extreme ends of the sound dynamics making for an even fuller and punchier sound quality.

As to setting it up, it was dead easy. I simply plugged in the power supply unit which comes with a short connector for the Fubar III. I stacked them together to make a neat and tight combo, taking up pleasingly little desktop real estate. I then connected the Fubar III via USB to the iMac and that's it. No drivers to install and it's supposed to be similarly easy for Windows XP/Vista driven machines.

The Fubar III is sturdily and cutely built. It sports a aluminium casing and a large, smooth volume control knob. It's weakness, though depending on one's perspective, this could be considered a strength, is it's focused design with not too many options for use.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. W. Whitlock on January 2, 2010
The other reviewers have done an excellent job covering the facts and details of the wonderful little Fubar III, so I will simply relate my experience with this cool little headphone amp/DAC and the things I have done to greatly improve its sound quality. These are easy, do it yourself modifications using inexpensive, high quality parts.

Firstly, the quality of the USB cable connecting the little beast to the USB port of your PC is important. Anyone who says different simply has not made listening comparisons with an open mind. The improvement in sound quality
when using an audiophile grade USB cable to feed data to the Fubar III is obvious and truly enhances the music. The
cable I use is the Wireworld Ultraviolet USB. At 50 bucks its the cheapest USB cable in Wireworld's line. I removed
the cheesy USB cable that came with the Fubar III and plugged in the Ultraviolet. I immediately heard a significant improvement in sound quality. The most striking thing was a major reduction of the background hash and noise that I had assumed was a part of USB music listening. Every aspect of sound quality was improved making the 50 dollar expense of the Ultraviolet cable a no brainer and a good investment.

Secondly, as the reviewers mentioned, the Op Amps that are installed at the factory are very easily replaced with much better sounding ones that are available from the North American distributor of the Fubar III, Audiophile Products, Inc. They have a page on their website explaining all about changing Op Amps in their products, the particular Op Amps they have available for their customers to purchase and how to make the swap.
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