Audioengine D3 Portable DAC & Headphone Amp
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- The D3 24-bit DAC allows you to bypass your computer’s headphone output and send music directly through USB for improved fidelity and higher volume output.
- HOW DOES IT DO THAT? The D3 processes digital audio at any bit depth up to 24 bits and any native sample rate to 96KHz. With it's high signal-to-noise ratio and low distortion, the D3 delivers sound quality generally heard only in more expensive DACs.
- WORKS WITH Mac, Windows, and Linux Computers—plug-and-play with USB. Any TOSLINK Optical connection from CD/DVD Players, TVs, and more. Powered speakers, stereo/AV receivers, and your favorite headphones.
- WHAT’S INCLUDED D3 24-bit DAC, 1/8″ to 1/4” adapter cable, setup guide, product case
- WARRANTY: Audioengine builds quality audio equipment that they stand behind. All Audioengine products come with a 3-year transferable warranty.
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"We went to great lengths to add proper filtering circuits into all Audioengine products, but noise issues do come up from time to time depending on other products in the system and/or the room or house wiring. Here are some tips we've put together that may help with hum or buzz:
- First try moving your audio and video equipment to the same electrical circuit or AC outlet.
- If the noise persists, power-off the components in your system and remove the mini-jack and/or RCA audio cables to your speakers. Then power-on the speakers and check for hum. If the hum or buzz is still
audible then try plugging the speaker into a different outlet on another power circuit. Noise coming from the AC wiring is often solved with an AC line filter. A product by Ebtech called the "Ebtech Hum X Voltage Hum Filter" is available online and is a relatively inexpensive solution that customers have recommended.
- If the noise goes away when the audio cables are disconnected, the noise is likely coming from another component in your system. Connect each component back to the speakers (or sub) one at a time and check for hum. The component that causes the system to hum is likely the source of your noise. For this type of noise in the audio path we recommend trying a ground loop isolator, such as one from Xitel called the "Xitel Ground Loop Isolator".
- Sometimes, something as simple as a portable heater or dehumidifier will add noise into your wall wiring that could be picked up by your subwoofer or speakers. The dimmer switch on a halogen lamp, cordless phone, or wireless internet router positioned near the speakers, for example, could also all be possible culprits.
- Another common source of noise that is often overlooked is from cable TV or satellite coaxial cables. If the hum or buzz persists after trying the previous tips, disconnect the coaxial cable from your cable box, TV, or DVR and if the hum goes away, then the cable is the cause. In this case you can get an isolation transformer online or from your local electronics store. We recommend the Dayton VIT-1 Isolation Transformer, which is inexpensive and easy to connect in line with your video cable.
- The most common solutions are an AC line filter, try a different AC circuit, or in the case of a wireless router or cordless phone, just physically move these a little further away from the subwoofer or powered speakers."
After I worked through their recommendations, I had my problem solved (see second paragraph above).
To say that my Vers Audio desktop speakers have been underserved until now is putting it mildly. Same with my Shure SE425 in ear monitors.
My laptop is now delivering music with so much more clarity, depth, detail that it's astonishing.
Best portable audio improvement I've bought in a long time.
Top reviews from other countries
SMSL Idea, otherwise known as the much cheaper Sabaj Da2
SMSL Idea for the price is perhaps an insane value as it truly already improves things tenfolds. The sound signature of that little thing is something I’d consider to be bit perfect. It is definitely too sharp for devices that already are of potential high fidelity. The way the Idea approaches treble is slightly too energetic and fatiguing as is the case on the Edition X, the Superlux HD681evo, even the relaxed Sony MDR1A. While it could be very airy and light, this kind of audiophonic behaviour is described as SABRE GLARE (since the device uses the Sabre ESS9018Q2C chip). The low-end is also quite distorting but… way less than the dragonfly RED. It would take the Memt X5 to truly tame the treble of the device. Basically, if you take the effort to acquire specialty audio gear for your listening pleasure, the Idea isn’t the most rewarding device, unless you want to hear every edge. It works best with headphones that aren’t very bright.
Sabre, solved almost. Uses the sabre’s insane detail and tone separation but tames the treble glare, adds the mids, the depth, the soundstage and more body. It’s a refined IDEA. Sweet sweet sweet treble. The transitions between each element is smooth and unforced. But… bass distorts a lot more than IDEA: it sounds like its coughing, it distorts like crazy...
Spacious sounding much more than the SMSL. Treble is resolving but tamed without going to glare-y. The soundstage of that stick is impressive perhaps the best of the 3. The tone separation is lovely and it is more resolving than the Red but loses in depth layering. At times the resolution also seems to outdo the RED… or it could be it keeping more edges. This balance helps the D3 get pass some of the most clogging-prone songs like orchestral music without breaking a sweat. So there might be some fatigue but a lot less than the idea. It’s also the most well rounded. The stick distorts the less out of the three and delivers all the goodness of the AKM chip.
The idea is way too sharp, the Red could sound a bit rounded for people still wanting some Sabre sound, but it tries too hard to be impactful and ends up distorting. The D3 keeps it more technical, more safe, more spacious, less distorted and wins this 3-way fight. Yet, we need sticks with volume nob… since the audioengine and Red can’t get loud. I'm also very bummed out by how much over-hype the Dragonfly Red is when the D3 definitely sounds superior.
Reviewed in Spain on September 15, 2018