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Audioengine D1 Premium DAC/Headphone amp
Started in 2005, Audioengine is an independent speaker company based in Austin, Texas that designs and builds high quality products. The highly acclaimed Audioengine D1 DAC sets a new standard for DAC performance.
HEAR THE DIFFERENCE
The D1 DAC (digital-to-analog converter) allows you to bypass your computer’s low quality soundcard or headphone output and send audio through USB or optical. D1 then converts the audio from digital to analog without losing any audio quality so you can feed HD audio into your favorite speaker system or headphones. D1 will improve the sound of ALL your music!
The D1 accepts inputs from both USB and optical and has outputs for any audio system or headphones. The D1 DAC is the perfect way to get great-sounding music not only from your computer but also from your TV, Apple TV, DVD/BluRay player or CD player. And since it’s powered by USB, D1 is also a high-quality portable computer headphone amplifier.
DESIGNED FOR THE COMPUTER AUDIOPHILE D1 will process digital audio at any bit depth up to 24 bits and any sample rate to 192KHz. With it’s high signal-to-noise ratio and low distortion the D1 delivers sound quality generally heard only in more expensive DACs. The high-performance headphone output was designed for a wide range of headphones and will satisfy even the most demanding headphone enthusiasts.
Setup is easy and no special software is needed, making D1 a true plug-and-play solution. The D1 RCA output connects to any audio system or powered speakers, such as the Audioengine A5+. Power for the D1 is provided via the USB bus so there is no external power supply to connect!
D1 INTERNAL CONVERTER & HEADPHONE AMP
The D1 uses the AK4396 DAC, which is well-regarded for its low noise and high fidelity. Due to the high signal-to-noise specs of the AK4396 and the added benefit of double redundancy power source conversion and filtering, the D1 presents impressive low noise and low distortion characteristics. The D1 can process digital audio at any bit depth up to 24-bits and any sample rate up to 192kHz. The D1 includes a headphone amp based on the TI OPA2134 low noise opamp. The high-performance headphone output was designed for a wide range of headphones and will satisfy even the most demanding headphone enthusiasts!
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Checking my options I started looking at USB DAC, the price has dropped and thats why I hadn't been paying much attention. On the other hand the price of PCI good sound cards are ridiculous.
I can compare this to my ASUS Xonar ESSENCE ST - PCI card which I have used for years on another desktop. That is a great card and I've really enjoyed it for analog from the desktop to a stand alone amp with 2 full stereo speakers. That card is also going for 250 -280 bills today, wow for a PCI bus slot! The downside to the ASUS Xonar Essence was constant snafus with the drivers, ASUS sucked at drivers for any of the soundcards I used the unified drivers. Its still a awesome soundcard as is the $$$ Clarooo Halo.
At 170.00 this audio engine once dialed in with my music player (foobar2000) is every bit as great sounding as either of those 2 decent sound cards there is absolutely no way I would ditch this for a MB slotted sound card. Plug and play no drivers no issues with hum, static from the MB or other internal components. Can move it to other devices, which I haven't tried yet.
I don't have any headphones that are that great but a decent set and its up there with the quality of the ASUS ST ESSENCE. Again I am running this to a 400 amp from my desktop as the preamp with the audioengine, then out to a 2 way analog full stereo speaker set. I haven't tried the optic just the RCA.
I wish there was a power switch on it. I just leave it on even when I power down the pc because pulling the USB chord in and out all the time will cause that to wear out, they are delicate and always break on me anyway. I also which the volume knob had a notch in it so you could tell where you are on volume.
I can see where for some using a lap top it would be a issue that there is no power cord and it strictly uses the USB port for power, but this is a desktop.
There simply is no comparison to the real tech sound card integrated in the Intel MB, I mean not even close to what this DAC will do for your system. I am on windows 10 and this is plug and play. It is recognized but check your sound settings, I have made it the default sound. There are some settings and DSP features if you right click on the icons properties in sound or volume mixer on windows. I have them off other then setting for full size speakers .
I've used this heavy for about a month before I wrote this so time will tell but I think its a winner seems built well. Great 2 way stereo DAC.
As far as gaming, if you are playing things like Witcher or Skyrim, basically RPG's that don't require sounds to have specific directions, it is great. When I tried it on PUBG, I think my headset gets the win because it was able to SLIGHTLY better tell me exactly where sound was coming from. The speakers are 98% there. But for hardcore competitive gaming on an FPS I'd still use a headset with 7.1 sound.
The primary improvement I've been able to perceive is higher output volume. The volume/loudness is at least 25% higher in this over my living room PC's DAC. I can't be certain of this number as I do not have the equipment to properly measure the difference - I will say it's impossible not to notice the difference side-by-side, however. While I can always turn up the volume on my amplifier to compensate for the difference, I can appreciate the added efficiency.
Regarding the highs and mids - I'm really hard pressed tell a difference in clarity vs my PC's integrated DAC. Instrumentals may be slightly more distinguished, but there certainly wasn't a real "wow" factor here. However, I was once DJ'ing with an "OK" laptop, good bookshelf speakers, "OK" subwoofer, and "OK" amp and this really made it all come alive compared to the laptop's integrated DAC. It was comparable to a new system with this DAC. Much tighter bass, distinguished highs and mids, louder output... just what you would hope for from a quality DAC in place of a cheap one.
As explained, your mileage will be dependent on your equipment.
Also worth mentioning, the volume knob is gloriously smooth and the build quality otherwise is fine other than the very loose fitting power/data connection. Your cable isn't going to fall out just sitting there of course, but if the DAC and/or power/data cable are a place where they can be bumped even lightly by your leg or a cat there is a solid chance the data/power cable will disconnect. Maybe a different cable would fix my problem but for the price I was not pleased to see this.
Who do I think this is for?
If you have what you consider a "potentially hi-fi" setup and want to bring it to its fullest potential without replacing your speakers, amp, or receiver and *don't* already have a dedicated DAC this is a solid option if it has the features you need. You may be able to find something nearly as good or better at better price, but if you like what you see already you're probably going to be happy barring the loose data/power cable connection.
Maybe after considering the R&D and cost to manufacture this device its price is a fair, but for what you get over a decent integrated DAC in a gaming PC like mine it's difficult to justify spending an additional $150+ for what you get in a more tangible sense.
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