1. T

    Stereo speakers/monitor for a desk and a DAC

    Hi, I am looking to replace my cheap PC speakers with something much better. I set a budget to 200-300$ per speaker. I've a 160x70cm desk and 48'' inch TV on it so there is 26cm on the sides left. Also, they can't be too deep, I think max 30cm, but they will be really close to the wall. Desk is...
  2. calebelston

    Google Sheets Compilation of ASR DAC Reviews

    Been a long time fan of this community and the hard work of @amirm, and I have learned a great deal from you all as well. One thing I found myself doing a lot was reading the DAC reviews and trying to compare the prices and performance of the best ones. But that required a fair amount of...
  3. PaperBoat


    Is 2Vrms enough to achieve the maximum SPL when using the -10dBV input of JBL 305p MKii? +6dBV = 1.995Vrms?
  4. PaperBoat

    PowerAmp Android music player app

    Does Poweramp completely bypass native Android audio processing with its "Hi-Res Output" when streaming via Bluetooth?
  5. C

    Worth upgrading?

    Hey i own a Topping L30 and a Topping D10's i bought it around 3-4 months ago. Is it worth upgrading to the L30 and E30 II, if it is has an audible difference? I own a Hifiman Sundara and for iems 7hz timeless, and i have not planned on upgrading the headphones in a while.
  6. PaperBoat

    Fiio BTA30 Pro

    I'm looking for a good Bluetooth receiver and I see the Fiio BTA30 Pro is probably a good choice. But I'm seeking clarification on the volume control method of the Fiio BTA30 Pro so I reached out to Fiio support and asked about the volume control method. The Fiio site tells that "the BTA30 Pro...
  7. Marc v E

    Which dac/preamp brands are reliable ?

    As I'm in the process of searching for a good dac and preamp (possibly only a dac used as preamp) I was wondering how reliable the top options really are? I'm a big fan of a well engineered product, both in measurements and in usability and reliability. I guess pretty much everybody is... But...
  8. K

    Objective measurements of DAC vs AMP volume control

    Hey does anyone have a link to a thread or reliable video that has objective data comparing the different out output qualities of an Amp when volume is controlled on the DAC vs when its controlled at the amp. I tried searching the forum and found a few discussion threads but no real hard data...
  9. D

    F/S: Okto Research DAC8 Pro

    Selling my Okto Research DAC8 Pro, as I have downsized / simplified my setup and moved to a pair of Kef LS60s. The unit has a black faceplate, and it has a custom output voltage of 3.9v RMS (default is 4.1), to allow for direct pairing with amplifiers set for ~4v input signal without the...
  10. A

    Which DAC in 2022 to upgrade from a Musical Fidelity V-DAC II

    Dear community, I'm currently a happy owner of a Musical Fidelity V-DAC II. Nonetheless, I'm searching for options to replace it with a more premium DAC (budget up to 1K$, I'm fine with new or second-hand options). I was maybe considering the Schiit Bifrost 2, but I've been reading things in...
  11. I

    What Audio Cues to look for in a blind DAC test?

    Hi ASR, This is my first post, although I have been scrolling and enjoying the content on this site for several years now. Please let me know if there's anything wrong with the way I've posted etc and I will modify it. So here goes. My goal is to blind test a few DACs I have, to see if I can...
  12. PaperBoat

    Onyx Artist 1x2 2X2 USB Audio Interface

    I've some questions about the Onyx Artist 1x2 2X2 USB Audio Interface... Can anyone help? Is the Onyx Artist 1x2 2X2 USB Audio Interface's main "Monitor knob" done volume control digitally (before the DAC attenuation) OR analogically (after the DAC attenuation) on the 1/4" Line Outputs...
  13. N

    Building a perfect headphone system.

    Hello fellow ASR members, I'm looking for advice with respect to building a headphone system. Although my Activo DAP sounds good, I want to build a "reference" headphone system so I can easily quantify (at least subjectively) different headphones as I buy more in the future, based on perceived...
  14. J

    Hypex NC252MP Speaker Amp - Connecting Two Sources

    Hi all, Hoping for some help. I’m trying to figure out a way to connect two sources to a Hypex NC252MP speaker amp that has only one XLR input and no volume control. The two sources are: a turntable with RCA outs (Drop + Audio-Technica VTA Carbon Turntable (I just pre-ordered it)) and an iPad...
  15. PaperBoat

    ASIO with EQ

    SONY Music Center for PC+ ASIO+ Equalizer+ Topping D10 Balanced? Is there any Equalizer that support ASIO driver?
  16. ThatM1key

    What's the best way to plug in a USB DAC?

    I've got a some what simple question, what would be the best way to plug in a USB DAC? My "new" motherboard comes with only USB3.0 ports on the back and I heard if you plug a USB DAC (which is USB 2.0) into a USB 3.0 port on the back, it increases latency. I also heard if you use the USB...
  17. yllanos

    Thoughts on SMSL D-6 DAC?

    So I found this DAC available on Shenzhen Audio website. But I couldn't find any comments on its performance or use: https://shenzhenaudio.com/products/smsl-d-6-dac-dual-ak4493s-bluetooth-5-1-pcm-768khz-32-bit-dsd512-decoder-with-remote-control It seem to offer an interesting mix of features...
  18. Thunder

    Would the KRK Rokit RP5 G4 + Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen be a good combination for a budget entertainment setup?

    I want to upgrade to studio monitors for my gaming setup, I play games, watch movies, listen to music and I'd like the best audio quality possible for my budget (500€), although I don't have a limited/specific budget, it's an objective for me and I could save money if it'd be worth it to get...
  19. ayane

    Multitone test revisited: Level vs SINAD graphs?

    Howdy! This question isn't a request or directed to anyone; it's just food for thought. Most of the DACs tested in the past couple of years here all show the output of the APx555's 32-tone test signal in the review, which is fantastic because such a test immediately reveals flaws in the digital...
  20. yllanos

    Help: choosing components for upcoming stereo upgrade

    Hi. I've been doing my own research on my next system upgrade and I want to get it right. Right now I own: Subwoofer: Rythmik F12 Speakers: Magnepan MMG Roon Suscription (with Tidal and Qobuz + local library) I am also an Apple Music subscriber and I hope to control my setup from an app on...
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