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Audioengine D1 24-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter
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- USB and optical S/PDIF inputs
- Stream bit-perfect 24/96 HD with low jitter
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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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Fiio EK10 and the Audioquest Dragonfly series apparently work only with Windows and Macs with " audio drivers "
to work properly. No such problem with the Dac1. It took about 10 seconds to set up and start listening to Spotify.
Just plugged the usb a to b cable into my computer and the other end into the Dac1. My Grado SR80 headphones
plugged into the front of the Dac1 via it's regular 1/8 " connector.( Edit correction ) D1 does have an off/on power switch.
The difference was surprising My Acer was pumping good, fairly loud sound through my Grado's to start with. Adding
the Dac1 provided a nice, clean undistorted sound with a big increase in volume.
Build quality is terrific. Nice brushed aluminum body with high quality RCA and Optical connections on the back. The rotary
volume control is smooth and linear.My only gripe is that the unit does not have an on/off switch. One must disconnect
the usb cable from the computer or the dac to turn off the power.
All in all, a great investment that will improve the mediocre sound of your internal sound card.
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 headphones (Sennhieser HD598) benefit greatly from the D1 and the dac supplies plenty of power. However, figuring the right setup to avoid those annoying clicks and pops that you will hear at first (unless I'm just unlucky) with the D1 took me about 40 hours of toying and playing with settings and software of all kinds. I found this particular setup to be the best, audio-wise:
Computer (mine is a Gateway NV79) > Flac files (loseless audio) > Media monkey (if using iTunes why even bother with dacs) > Wasabi plugin (sends bit perfect audio to outside processor) > S/PDIF (essential for eliminating those annoying clicks and pops, your computer must be S/PDIF capable and your going to need to download realtek digital output from windows website i think, don't really remember where i downloaded it) > D1 (settings on 24 bit, 96khz with no enhancements) > HD 598s
Also, remember to break in your dac (and headphones if you purchased both in the same time like i did) with white and pink noise that you can find on youtube. I think the recommended time was 40 to 50 hours. The S/PDIF cable is super cheap on amazon and you'll need one that connects a 3.5mm to a digital optical out assuming your computer is compatible (you can find out online if it is).
I will say this, having a dac definitely increases the fidelity of the music but the difference will never be night and day. The highs will be crisper and lows will be more defined and the range will improve but if money is tight, then purchasing better headphones and then buying a dac later on may be the way to go. With that said, i love my setup and can pass any amount of time listening to music which is pretty nice to be able to do.
Hope this review was helpful, good luck with your decision.
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Con: None flawless
Other than that I'm happy with it