Audioengine D3 Portable DAC/Amp
Audioengine D3 Portable DAC/Amp
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Powered by USB, stocked with high-quality components, and small enough to slip in your pocket, the Audioengine D3 DAC/amp gives you a tiny attachment that vastly expands your computer’s output. After plugging in through the USB input, the D3 bypasses your computer’s sound card in favor of a superior processing system Read More
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Florianski
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Nov 9, 2019
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really happy with it
Its small, uncomplicated and powerful. Drives my hd800s without any problems.
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Would recommend to a friend.
Nov 9, 2019
ManicNick
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Jul 8, 2019
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Very good product for the price.
Better than Dragonfly Black 1.5 which I have. D3 wins in power and sound quality. The sound is clear, more detailed and divided. The sound is not distorted when listening at maximum volume and does not roll into a mess. Heats up. Significantly improved the sound of my DT880 PRO. Not enough full of playing with capricious DT990 PRO. I'm pleased with the purchase. Size + Quality + Sound + Price = Excellent Deal.
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Would recommend to a friend.
Jul 8, 2019
Adorni
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Jun 22, 2019
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Awesome!
Well balanced sound. Accurate, but not harsh or too bright. Quite a good and deep bass, colorfull midrange and natural space. A lot of details in highs. Full metal body. Comparing to size and price, this is piece of art!
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Would recommend to a friend.
Jun 22, 2019
Bluemountains
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Apr 3, 2019
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Possibly the best deal you can get on a portable DAC. It's lightweight, very easy to use, and noticeably increases the quality of any laptop. Not a game changer or anything, but it sounds cleaner and more natural than my laptop's soundcard, and it picks up smaller details I would have missed otherwise. A worthwhile purchase if you want to get the most out of your headphones without spending a large sum of money.
Apr 3, 2019
ChrisE
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Feb 21, 2019
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I'm super happy with it overall and for the price. I use it to power some Campfire Audio Andromeda S's and although there is some slight hissing when silent, when anything is playing it work great. I've used it for music on my Chromebook, Windows, and my Note 9 (with USB c adapter), works with everything great. I have yet to try it with my Sennheiser HD 800 S's as I don't tout those around town, but I imagine it would do alright. Also used it for gaming on my laptop and helps improve some of the low end for gunshots and explosions imo. It's a simple, easy to use portable DAC/Amp and helps give a bit better of sound than Samsungs hardware.
Feb 21, 2019
Jack_west
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Feb 13, 2019
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Lightweight and easy to put in a bag (or simply right into your pocket)
Feb 13, 2019
WHO23
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Feb 3, 2019
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OK option for a new audiophile
Good upgrade over laptop sound card. If you're a new audiophile and looking to upgrade the sound of your Hifiman HE4XX, the DAC is the place to start. If you're looking to power the Sennheiser HD 6XX, the recommended pairing is something a more powerful DAC/Amp like an Apogee Groove (You can get the HD650 and Apogee Groove as a bundle) At this price point it's just OK but there are upgrades within reach. Desktop Portable DACs sticks like this have an inherent hum from using the power from your computer's USB port. A proper desk setup with seperate power supplies like the Khadas Tone Board DAC with the JDS Labs Atom Amp will trump USB DACs. I'm not a fan of plugging this to a USB dongle on my phone. Update: According to Amirm's & Archimago's measurements, the impedance may be higher than listed here. This will affect the frequency response of low impedence headphones & IEMs. This should not be an issue as you should be using better gear when using more expensive headphones or IEMs. -1☆
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Feb 3, 2019
Jfrlbc
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May 2, 2019
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Hi, LG V30 and hifiman he-4xx ... Hard2drive lowimpedance headphone. When i tried this setup, the headphones played not too loud (low volume) so i did not buy LG v30, cause it was quite similar like a sound from iphone 8+ .... Maybe, its due too EU regulation (sound/ear protecting regulation in EU). So if you are outside of EU, or LG v30 was ordered outside EU, how this setup sound? Thank you for your reply and have a nice day. J.F.
May 2, 2019
WHO23
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May 2, 2019
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LG V30 will have trouble with planar because it changes voltage depending on impedance. Since Planars are low impedance and low sensitivity, the LG V30 will give low voltage and thus the sound is not loud enough.
May 2, 2019
Shaggy1994
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Jan 16, 2019
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Perfect for laptop use.
Jan 16, 2019
Pheno
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Jan 10, 2019
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For someone who is very new to audio, I can instantly tell the difference in quality just by using this. I bought it for the portability and take it to and from work. It makes my simple ear buds sound significantly better, is a workaround for my work computers busted audio card, requires no installation, and makes my already great sennheisers sound even better. It does get a tiny bit warm but nothing alarming.
Jan 10, 2019
Hdoc
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Oct 24, 2018
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great for the price. super improvement over laptop sound to small/medium speakers. Portability a plus. Downside is that there are better units out there at twice the price.
Oct 24, 2018
mkilci
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Jan 8, 2019
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I used a Sound Blaster E5. Died after about a year. Customer service was terrible. They suggested I replace the unit and gave me a discount for $99, which you can get the same price for a new one... So what are some other options. I have Audioengine speakers and they are great.
Jan 8, 2019
Hdoc
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Jan 8, 2019
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Schitt Modi DAC. about $100 much better than the audioengine but isn't a dongle: small desktop footprint.
Jan 8, 2019
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