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Newbie DAC question...I have moderate hearing loss (high frequency) and tinnitus from a hearing injury many years ago. I enjoy listening to music and wonder if I would notice a difference in music quality using a DAC given my current situation. Does anyone else have experience with this? Pretty subjective question I know...
There is nothing in this or any other DAC that would help with hearing loss. Most people with excellent hearing can't tell the differences between one DAC and another. There may be technologies that help in your situation, but the DAC isn't it. It would be best to ask a professional hearing specialist about this.
Regardless, a DAC is to be found in pretty much every technology that produces sound these days - you are undoubtedly already using one.
I appreciate the cogent reply!
I don't agree. You can definetely tell the difference between a good dac and a bad bad dac. If you already have a system or a laptop with a good dac then you don't need one. This device will sound significantly better than your iPad, older Macbook or most of the non-Apple notebooks. If you have hearing loss than you deserve better audio imo. You may wanna combine this device with a pair headphones that are brighter on high frequencies And you may even consider adding a EQ in your system.
I appreciate your reply...The question really revolved around how much of a difference adding a DAC to my laptop or iPhone would make...I got a chance to demo a simple USB DAC at Best Buy by attaching it to my iPhone. I could definitely hear the difference using headphones. I'm not sure though how much it really means. We don't listen to music at the house through a stereo with high end speakers (Blue Tooth Bose system) and I almost never listen to music on headphones. Attaching a DAC to the iPhone and playing it in the car seems silly...with all of the road noise we'd encounter. If things change, it's good to know a DAC DOES make a difference.
I think you didn't get his question correctly. He says "I enjoy listening to music and wonder if I would notice a difference in music quality using a DAC given my current situation". He has moderate hearing loss with high frequencies but that doesn't stop him from enjoying a wider soundstage a good DAC can offer. Bass, sub bass, mid range etc.,