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  1. M

    Audio Interface vs DAC + Amp or Combo

    I'm completely new to the idea of using a DAC + Amp or Combo when I'm not in my home studio with my Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt interface. I had just been using my 2019 MacBook Pro laptop's headphone out when someone suggested I look into a DAC & Amp. My headphones are OPPO PM-3 with an upgraded...
  2. M

    Can't understand something simple

    I read the following sentence in this The Scientist and Engineer's Guide to Digital Signal Processing By Steven W. Smith which talks about ADC & DACs. "For example, suppose that the ones and zeros are represented by 5 volts and 0 volts, respectively. If 80% of the bits in the data stream are...
  3. darmanastartes

    New Aune S6 Pro

    I saw someone on Reddit post this morning that they'd gotten this DAC/AMP, which was the first I'd heard of it. Searching Aliexpress lead me to these...
  4. gabrihamlincoln

    SOLD: Schiit Bifrost DAC

    Schiit Bifrost DAC w/ 4490 and Gen 2 USB. Barely used - bought new and only plugged it in to try for a few hours. Includes all original accessories/comes in original box. Asking $330 shipped (to lower 48).
  5. A

    Pro DACs

    I would like to suggest to have some pro dacs tested, here are some candidates: Cranesong solaris - http://www.cranesong.com/SOLARIS.html Dangerous convert-2 - https://dangerousmusic.com/product/convert-2/ RME ADI-2 DAC - http://www.rme-audio.de/en/products/adi_2-dac.php BURL Audio B2 Bomber...
  6. chriskilbourn

    DAP or dedicated DAC for home listening?

    I need a DAC that I can consider my "end game" have a budget of ~$1,300-1,500. So, I figure I should either purchase either a... 1. High-end DAP (ex. A&K, Questyle) that can act as my DAC and music server/streamer, or 2. Dedicated non-portable DAC (ex. RME ADI-2 DAC) that I'd connect to my...
  7. manager09

    Need recommendations for Amp + Dac or combo - $150

    I want to purchase an amplifier + a dac or a combo device to power my DT990 Pro's. I made a few different decisions during the past 2-3 months until I discovered that these options are not so good. For example, I've thought about getting a topping d10 +a bravo v2, xduoo ta-01, fx-audio dac-x6...
  8. K

    SMSL M100 vs SMSL Sanskrit 10th

    So the AliExpress anniversary sale is coming up, and these two have caught my eye because they can be bought for under 70$ with the right coupon. Amir has measured the Sanskrit and it works well with spdif and a dedicated power supply. SMSL products have also been faring well on ASR tests. I'm...
  9. Z

    External DAC for my PC with optical

    Hi, So i am not that familiar with these stuff so i rely on those that are. // Background story - START Currently i got an ZxR SoundBlaster in my PC, which i think might be a pretty good card (might be wrong), i just know that there was something with the 48khz in SoundBlaster cards (at least...
  10. F

    Want to keep my DACs sound but use external AMP for better bass response, possible?

    Hi all, So the challenge is this. I want to keep sound coming from my DAC (LG G5 smartphone) which I like alot, except it does not do bass well (I am aware of equalizers, but they don't do the job well). Is there a hardware combo for portable use that will let you keep the DACs sound but...
  11. R

    Khadas Tone Board vs Audiophonic Sabre ES9038Q2M DAC

    Hallo, i am thinking of switching my Arcam irDAC, Squeezbox Touch and NAS for a one box solution. Raspberry Pi with a DAC. From my research i end up leaning towards Khadas Tone Board but notice the less known Audiophonic Sabre ES9038Q2M DAC on the internet. Can anyone tell me whats the...
  12. R

    Khadas Tone Board vs Audiophonics DAC I-Sabre ES9038Q2M

    Hallo, i am thinking of switching my Arcam irDAC, Squeezbox Touch and NAS for a one box solution. Raspberry Pi with a DAC. From my research i end up leaning towards Khadas Tone Board but notice the less known Audiophonic Sabre ES9038Q2M DAC on the internet. Can anyone tell me whats the...
  13. Z

    Request for amp + dac combinations for HD800S

    Hi all, I've been bouncing from community to community, and I'm glad I stumbled to this website after getting some recommendations for audio-gd on headfi. I'm very new to the audiophile world (2 weeks old) and I'm looking to pick a dac and amp to maximize the headphones I just bought (HD800S)...
  14. Odysseus

    SMSL SU-8 + JBL 305Ps

    My SMSL SU-8 DAC just arrived... I have it connected to my set of JBL 305Ps using XLR cables. USB input. MusicBee with WASAPI in exclusive mode. My question is: what input sensitivity do I have to use for the JBLs? +4dBu or -10dBv? Bear in mind that the DAC output is 2Vrms for RCA and 4Vrms...
  15. Ratio

    [Teardown and Measurements] Swissonic HAD-1 AD/DA converter + headphone amplifier

    Hey guys, this is actually my first post on this forum so maybe a little introduction is in place. I am an electrical engineer from Finland and I've been in the headphone audio scene for quite some time now, went through a lot of gear and decided to do some measurements of my own. My measurement...
  16. orchardaudio

    PecanPi - Next Generation Raspberry Pi DAC and Streamer

    Meet the PecanPi DAC and Streamer Improvements over previous generation DAC include: Fully linear ultra low noise power supplies Re-clocking with Crystek femtosecond jitter oscillator Built in HW volume control (no Volume-Clocker needed) Built in high performance headphone amplifier Full...
  17. C

    Can you connect powered speakers to a dac + amp ( Topping MX3 ) ?

    Hello everyone! First time poster here, I've been lurking this forum for the past few months and am a big fan of this forum's objective and friendly environment [many thanks to Amir] I'm sure a few people are in a similar situation as I am, so help would be greatly appreciated! Primary...
  18. edechamps

    Measurements of Pixel 3 + Moshi headphone adapter + Google Play Music

    Here we go again, this time measuring a more expensive USB-C headphone adapter dongle. This is my second review, and I will follow a similar protocol to the previous one, with a few small changes. The star of this show is the Moshi USB-C Digital Audio Adapter with Charging. This is an accessory...
  19. J

    Sold my Schiit, need something new

    Hey everyone, im active on HeadFi and SBAF but after reading here, I decided to take objective measurements more seriously. Because of this new outlook on audio I have sold my Schiit Gungnir and am now looking for a new DAC for the Lyr 3. I sold my gungnir for $450, but i am willing to go higher...
  20. V

    Does balanced adapters works?

    I see this 3.5mm to XLR balanced : https://www.amazon.com/balanced-Female-Balanced-Hi-end-adapter/dp/B07C992Q1L, does it make a real balanced? How much improvement for balanced dac's like SMSL SU-8? I was wondering because I only see a balanced cable for EL-8 At an astonishing 310$ price...
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