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Audioengine D1 24-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter
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- Mac/PC plug-n-play
- USB and optical S/PDIF inputs
- Stream bit-perfect 24/96 HD with low jitter
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The D1 comes securely packaged and double boxed. The box includes the DAC, 2ft gold plated USB cable, microfiber carrying bag, instructions/product guide. The DAC itself is well made with a gunmetal colored metal case with black rubber molded endcaps. Two hex screws on each end connect the DAC board securely. Removing the screws allows the board to slide out on one end. Everything inside looks well soldered and finished. All the connections are gold plated.
You simply plug it into any free USB port on your laptop/PC and it powers on. Both Mac/Windows will automatically install the driver and recognize it with no problem. Open your sound settings in control panel/system preferences and switch the output to AUDIOENGINE D1 and you're ready to go.
I am testing it with Audioengine A5 speakers. The updated Audioengine A5+ and Audioengine A2 both have a set of RCA inputs for easy connection. I use a pair of RCA cables to a RCA-Y adapter which was included with my original A5 speakers. I then set the volume on my music player to max, keep the speaker volume at the 10o'clock position and use the D1 volume knob as my volume control.
Audioengine recommends a burn-in of 50-60 hours on the D1 to get the best sound.Read more ›
I didn't want to spend too much money on something that possibly would make no difference, but I didn't want to spend too little where there might be no noticeable difference at all. I decided on a $100-$200 price point.
Initially I considered the following DACs:
HRT Music Streamer II High Resolution USB D/A Converter
I know there are more at this price range, but for simplicity, I will only compare the two.
I had the hardest time choosing between the HRT Music Streamer II (lots of good reviews, asynchronous USB) vs. Audioengine D1 (only 1 review on Amazon prior to this one with a few scant reviews scattered on the web, adaptive USB).
It seems public consensus would say asynchronous is better than adaptive USB in theory. In reality, I would not be able tell the difference, especially not on my current equipment.
I ultimately chose the Audioengine D1 because of the DAC chip (AK4396 "Miracle" DAC) and the convenience of the volume knob, optical input (in case I wanted to use it with my Xbox 360), and integrated headphone amp. The headphone amp at 2V RMS is enough to drive less sensitive headphones compared to .5-1V RMS you might get out of a portable MP3 player or most computer headphone jacks.Read more ›
For the money this is a fantastic little product. I use mine along with Audioengine's A5+'s and the S8 subwoofer. I had it set up and running in minutes. Basically, it made all of my music sound clearer, bigger and more dynamic. Yes, it improves the imaging, the soundstaging and it provide expansion to both the bass and treble frequencies, blah blah. To spare you all the jargon, this device made all my music sound much better in just about every way, period. Sure, there are better and much more expensive DACs out there that offer superior audio characteristics. The D1, however, sounds very good when paired with Audioengine's speakers and it's not so hi-fi that MP3 files sound bad...they don't. In fact even lesser quality MP3s sounded great through the D1 to my ears. One nice plus, the D1 really tamed the boomy mid-bass I was experiencing from the sub in my little den. This was a nice surprise.
I use an Apple TV (newer model) as my wireless Airplay solution and the D1 fits right into this setup, which works as follows...Apple TV>>>(via optical)>>>D1>>>(via RCA)>>>A5+'s>>>S8 Sub. Very simple and the sound quality of my airplay stream via iTunes on my Macbook was vastly improved. Another big plus, the D1 made HUGE improvements in the sound quality of Pandora, Spotify and music Podcasts....something I was not expecting.
I haven't spent much time using the headphone amp, but the few times I tried it out with my Klipsch in-ear headphones yielded excellent sound quality...much better than using the headphone jack on my macbook.
For the money this little DAC can't be beat.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I researched quite a bit before buying another DAC in the budget range of 150-500. This product is close to the low end of the price range. Read morePublished 7 days ago by David 6602
although it gets little hot than usual, the audio performance is excellent.Published 12 days ago by watchman
I ordered a Korg DS-DAC-10R from B&H on the same day I ordered an Audioengine D1 from Amazon. Overkill? It struck me that the Korg has an unfortunate omission in its design. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Christo
Great product, First week was perfect now its making a loud ass hiss and clackingPublished 1 month ago by Wolf
Few product purchases have impressed me on the first use as this one has.
Out of the box plug n play and superb audio with Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear Phones (Android version,... Read more
I have always loved listening to music but ever since I started using the D1 I have loved listening to music even more. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Maverick Scott