FiiO D3 Digital to Analog Audio Converter - 192kHz/24bit Optical and Coaxial DAC
- Converts coaxial or optical digital audio input to analog stereo RCA output
- Supports all popular sample rates including 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 96kHz and 192kHz, at up to 24-bit resolution
- Ultra low jitter design with WM8805 digital receiver chip
- Switch selectable coaxial or optical input
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Converts coaxial or optical digital audio input to analog stereo RCA output Supports all popular sample rates including 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 96kHz and 192kHz, at up to 24-bit resolution Ultra low jitter design with WM8805 digital receiver chip Switch selectable coaxial or optical input.
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I have tested this with my TVs too out of curiosity. The first thing that I noticed is that my TVs do not have the option to decode the audio. They just do a straight digital passthrough. One reviewer said it doesn't work with over-the-air, but this is just because so many use encoding methods (probably DTS I guess.) It definitely does work with anything that supports using a PCM output and with TVs like these any device that uses PCM on their digital interface will just be passed through still as PCM. For instance, my Roku player uses an HDMI cable and is set to stereo output. The TV just passes it directly and the Roku at least sounds great when connected to the Fiio D3. I've also tested using the optical output of my PS2 console and so far haven't found anything where it didn't just work great. I tried to find games with good music and I've discovered that a few (most notably PSX ports like the Megaman X collection) don't really sound great, but a few are just wonderful this way (just for instance, the Persona games.) The game Rez never suited me that well, but I believe that people who love it should absolutely try it this way.
Fiio does not recommend using the OPAMP to directly drive headphones. As a preamp it sounds fine, but it would probably be a bit weak for things like headphones. I haven't really tested that since it definitely couldn't compete with my CMoy and the OPAMP on it. I have heard of people replacing the TI LMV358 OPAMP on there with others such as the Analog Devices AD8656 with positive results (though you obviously have to be very good with a soldering iron for this and can, of course, count on utterly voiding the warranty in doing so.) The AD8656 at least can drive headphones directly, so with a proper setup this could even act as a headphone amp in addition to acting as a DAC. I probably won't be doing this any time soon, but if the AD8656 sounds even remotely like the AD8620 I might consider it someday (in the meantime I obviously can't review what it might sound like.)
(BTW, this is partial copy/paste of the review I've written for TaoTronics bluetooth transmitter.)
Here are the devices I wanted to connect:
* LG Cinema Screen 47LM6700 47-Inch Cinema 3D 1080p 120Hz LED-LCD HDTV with Smart TV and Six Pairs of 3D Glasses
* Wave® Music System III - Graphite Gray
* RunNYC Stereo Bluetooth Headphones ([...]) Here is the same headphone rebranded and sold on Amazon - MEElectronics Air Fi Runaway Bluetooth Stereo Wireless Headphones with Microphone (Black/Red)
Here are the devices I've used to connect them:
* FiiO TAISHAN-D03K Digital to Analog Audio Converter, 24-bit/192 kHz Support
* AmazonBasics Digital Optical Audio Toslink Cable, 6 Feet
* TaoTronics TT-BA01 Wireless Portable Bluetooth Stereo Music Transmitter (Not A Bluetooth Receiver) for 3.5mm Audio Devices (iPod, MP3/MP4, TV, Kindle Fire, Media Players...)
I won't go into detail about how they are all connected since it's quite straightforward and obvious. One thing I do want to mentions is that Bose Wave is connected via RCA out and TaoTronic transmitter is connected to the 3.5mm out and they both work simultaneously. I was worried about whether I would need to constantly plug one in and the other out or not but thankfully the sound is delivered through both output simultaneously and this allowed me to keep them both plugged in at the same time.