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Audioengine D1 24-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter
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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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Even if you are not an audiophile, anyone that enjoys listening to music should have this DAC.
My set up includes: 2012 Mac Pro with Audioengine long USB cable to this DAC. Then I have my Swan M10 speakers hooked up the back of the D1 then I also have my Beyerdynamic DT770's when I want to listen on my headphones.
When you insert the headphone into the front, the rear audio outputs are muted.
This unit is small enough for someone to carry around for laptop listening but I have not done that since I just keep it on my desk.
All in all, a good DAC for the money. While there are much more expensive DAC's on the market, I personally do not think I can tell the difference in audio quality. Now if you are someone who "needs" high end equipment, these may not be for you since this are very entry level.
However, for 98% of us, it s a great device.
My only complaint is that the USB cable on the back comes out easily. Otherwise its a fantastic device.
Would recommend to anyone looking to get into Hi-Fi and upgrade their setup.
First step is to get a quality dac and some good IEMs or over-ear's. This is definitely a great candidate for a first time DAC
I did buy a new usb 2.0 to 3.0 10+ foot cable from amazon basics since the included one was a bit short ($10 bucks or so). I also run it to my tv with an optical cable and this lets cable and PS4 run audio and that sounds awesome.
One thing I do notice is that it will occasionally shut-off although that could be my usb hub (amazon 10 port).. other than that it's been a great DAC although my friend just bought it from me so I will update when I have another to compare it to.
For under $200 this is a great buy and you won't be disappointed!
After 2 weeks, I wondered if it was really doing anything. I disconnected it and listened to a track straight from the computer. The only way I can describe the sensation was that I was listening to a flat wall of sound. No depth, no definition, no excitement. After re-introducing the D1 to the setup, the music came alive again!
A nice bonus is that there is no external power supply to make the D1 sing. USB power is what makes it go. I have yet to try the Toslink connection, but I am very happy with the USB connection and plan to keep the hookup simple.
Can you buy more expensive and better DACs? Sure. No question. Also, it does help that I am using all Audioengine equipment. I'm sure that other setups will work better with other DACs. However, can you get a better DAC for the money? I'd be hard pressed to say yes.
One suggestion is that to tell the difference of a DAC, you'd better to have a headphone at lest as expensive as this DAC first. otherwise invest on headphone first, which will give you a more obvious difference.
Overall I recommend this DAC to Laptop users who care about sound quality and want to upgrade from integrated sound card.