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Budget DAC Review: behringer UMC204HD

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So no, then, you haven’t done even the most basic controls for listening tests. That’s a pity.
How do you want to know?
 

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I own UMC 202HD and UMC204HD and some other DACs with or without ADC and when level matched I can't hear any differences at all.
On direct comparison (switching inputs on an amp) the Behringer will always loose from desktop DACs because of the signal level difference.
It has about the output level of a phone.

I do admit to be DAC deaf as soon as levels are carefully matched. Without that little trick some can sound different from others.
 

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Casual Test:

UMC202HD as DAC and as ADC

Using Focusrite Clarett 4Pre USB to create the analog for the ADC test, and as ADC for the DAC test.

25 foot no-name XLR mic cable with TRS adapters on each end.


As DAC:

REW digits USB -> 202HD -> 202HD DAC analog out -> Focusrite Ch3 in -> ADC -> USB -> REW

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As ADC

REW digits USB -> Focusrite Ch4 -> Focusrite Ch4 DAC analog -> 202HD Ch1 in > ADC _> USB -> REW

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Control:

Focusrite measures itself.

Move cable about 3 inches from output of 202HD to Ch4 out of Focusrite

REW USB -> Focusrite Ch4 -> Ch4 DAC analog out -> Foocusrite Ch3 analog in -> Ch3 ADC -> USB ->REW

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Casual Test:

UMC202HD as DAC and as ADC

Using Focusrite Clarett 4Pre USB to create the analog for the ADC test, and as ADC for the DAC test.

25 foot no-name XLR mic cable with TRS adapters on each end.

As DAC:

REW digits USB -> 202HD -> 202HD DAC analog out -> Focusrite Ch3 in -> ADC -> USB -> REW

As ADC

REW digits USB -> Focusrite Ch4 -> Focusrite Ch4 DAC analog -> 202HD Ch1 in > ADC _> USB -> REW

Control:

Focusrite measures itself.

Move cable about 3 inches from output of 202HD to Ch4 out of Focusrite

REW USB -> Focusrite Ch4 -> Ch4 DAC analog out -> Foocusrite Ch3 analog in -> Ch3 ADC -> USB ->REW
I definitely need to learn how to read these measurements... from my poor understanding the distortion is super low... ¿correct?
 
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I'm not sure what exactly you're asking but I use 2 dacs with my PC simultaneously: I connect both the UMC202HD and D50s to the PC via USB Hub. I use the UMC202HD as the default audio device and set the D50s for exclusive use with my media player (JRiver). There are other set up possibilities. But I control my headphones (music) and general PC audio (You Tube, Zoom, Skype) separately.
Hello there. I have been looking for the best setup that I can come up with the budget at hand. I have decided to go with a 250 ohms headphones (DT 990 Pros) + Jds Labs Atom as an amp + an external dac (Behringer) that I can both plug my bass guitar and maybe a mic in the future. And I have seen your picture, as it is the same setup that I want to go for. I have once used an audio interface (Scarlett 2i2) both as an amp and a dac for a 250 ohm headphones but I couldn't get enough power, so I returned them. But now I am putting an amp into the equation.

All in all, I would like to know the satisfaction that you are getting from Behringer as a dac with Atom. I've read lacking information about the performance of Behringer 202HD as a dac. Do you get buzzing sounds or do you have any sounds that you don't want to hear? Can you please share your experience with me on Behringer as a dac? Thank you.
 
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