Now my OG DX7 has been beaten with the lowest end part.... the D10... Audio has become like CPU's! My DX7 is barely 3 years old and it has been outdone...
I would love if Amir would retest the OG DX7 on the "new" / current test bench.
There are so many good options in the price tier of $200-250.
Even the Topping D50/D50S at $250 is a killer option. You have JDS with the Element DAC, Schiit has a new DAC in that price range too.
Geshelli has 2 DAC's in that price range.
All of them are chart-toppers and are more than...
I don't disagree lol. If the dongle is better than your laptop and you are fine with the performance then you are fine with it. Even if it wasn't great its only like $80 vs $2500. There are alot of good dongles now for low prices, so you can upgrade this dongle now if you still have it
Audio doesn't scale linearly like that. The poor SINAD of this device makes it just a poor device.
Its definitely possible that your laptop is worse all around (especially in the amp department) and therefore this sounds "much better" but it doesnt make it good by any stretch of the imagination.