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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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Streams high-quality audio from your computer to headphones or any music system. Mac/PC plug-n-play, no drivers to install High-performance headphone amp USB and optical S/PDIF inputs USB Pwered Based on Burr-Brown AK4396 DAC Stream bit-perfect 24/96 HD with low jitter
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Some note, it's not for the quality of the DAC but in general - for my taste (and also it depends on your headphones plus quality of audio record) it makes some styles sound blurry - for instance electronic music, you can hear that it's blend, generated. For contrast with classical records you can even hear sounds of fingers touching instruments - it's really got my exited. Be prepared that not of details of your favorite record will be pleasant, and this DAC has enough spec to show it.
== Original Review ==
I've had this DAC for 3 years now, and a set of the A5+ speakers to match. I've loved every moment of listening to them. This DAC is paired up with an Apple TV's optical out - make sure you invest in a quality optical cable - it actually matters. One issue that the DAC had earlier was that it would "click" multiple times after "rebooting" the ATV & DAC. Lesson learned: cables (even optical... much to my surprise) matter!
I've also auditioned this DAC as a dedicated out on my MacBook pro to a pair of Shure E5+ headphones with sound isolating foam inserts. SNR is this first major "wow" compared to the stock audio out. Imaging is next, followed by spatial dimension and clarity. You'll also benefit from a 24 bit source, that's the next major "wow".
If you're looking for something to improve the sound quality of your laptop to drive a nice pair of headphones / speakers / amp then spend the extra money and get this so you won't have to upgrade again later. If you have audio equipment that really won't benefit from a nice DAC in the first place then don't waste your money - you will most likely only hear marginal improvement.
I can't say I've compared DACs before. I own an m-audio audiophile 2496 soundcard that drives my media tower using SPDIF output in the living room through a marantz receiver + 5.1 setup (big towers + center - Athena and Energy speakers), so I'll use that and my default Realtek onboard laptop audiochip as my quality reference. This Audioengine DAC I bought for my laptop drives two paradigm atom speakers and an old sennheiser hd580 headset powered through an old audiosource amp.
Comparing to the the default realtek audio chip/driver the Audioengine is a vast improvement in terms of quality sound output. The sound that comes out is just louder and clearer than what was coming out of my default laptop line out. In terms of quality when compared to my maudio soundcard I would say they are comparable. I would say my maudio soundcard sounds better because I am using digital out which gives my marantz receiver an output using DTS codec. The Audioengine D1 does allow for the same digital output, but I haven't found a use for that yet as this was meant for my laptop.
Overall good one-time purchase. I've owned it for about a week and no problems yet.
The front and rear faces are designed to act as feet, and the DAC stays in place very well on various surfaces because the faces are rubberized. If you look up my headphones you will see that it has a spring cord, which tends to pull strongly against lighter DACs. This hasn't been a noticeable problem for me with the D1.
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.
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Con: None flawless
Other than that I'm happy with it