FX Audio DAC-X3 Pro DAC/Amp
FX Audio DAC-X3 Pro DAC/Amp
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For those who want to simplify their audio setup without sacrificing quality, the DAC-X3 Pro from FX Audio is the way to go. Standing 1-inch tall with a 4-inch-by-4-inch base, this compact signal solution functions as both a DAC and a headphone amp Read More

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AminBinHasib
2
Oct 24, 2020
I have a two part question.
  1. Can anyone please tell me if this DAC/Amp will work all right with the Sennheiser HD 6XX headphones?
  2. Plus, can it also be paired with studio monitors like the Eris E5 XT or JBL 305P MkII? will such pairing/combination give a balanced sound?
Thanks a lot.
Sheshtas
0
Oct 21, 2020
Could anyone please explain for a noob if this would work with HD 6XX, used with a PC conected by an optical cable, listening for CD (Deezer's HiFi) quality streams or ~similar quality FLACs stored locally? Would it be an improvement over PC's Realtec ALC1220 Codec (used via 3.5mm output (allegedly supporting up to 600ohms)?
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yirgs
6
Oct 20, 2020
Pls forgive a very basic question: would these drive something like these: https://tinyurl.com/yxqxndzo. Can't figure this out from looking at the specs. Yes, I see 8ohm isn't mentioned, but still ... Other inexpensive passive speaker suggestions would be appreciated. My old fireye II dac between my PC and the 4w rms speakers I have on my desk died after 11 years. So I want to replace the DAC and thought I might upgrade just a bit on my $15.63 (2007) 4W RMS powered speakers, but get passive instead.
Rowdy2026
248
Oct 20, 2020
This will ‘work’ with just about any headphone/speaker but won’t necessarily be advantageous. The speakers you’ve linked to are very efficient and do not need huge amounts of amplification to get the best out of them. 8ohm is a very common impedance of a speaker which tells you how much power it will draw from the amp and how much power is needed to drive them effectively. The only time you really need to be carful is when driving speakers, 4-6ohm, which demand a higher load and therefore more high powered amp. I would suggest if using these speakers for laptop/computer there would be some benefit in sound quality using this amp/dac. If wanting to use them as primary tv or hifi set up they are limited. You’d be better off buying a cheap secondhand mid powered (60/80watt) receiver+passive bookshelf speaker or set of active (amp included) plug and play Edifiers.
Hiyo
19
Oct 20, 2020
Can someone knowledgeable tell me something about this dac/amp? can't find any reviews on it. Want to buy it for IEMs. In your experience does dac/amp make IEMs sound better?
Shanks405
37
Oct 21, 2020
The answer is "yes". This is a solid entry level product if you are trying to upgrade sound from a computer or phone into iems or headphones at your desk or bedside table. The DAC chip (which converts digital signals to analog) has been around a while but is found in good products from this and other manufactures up to $100 or more. This will power low impedance iems to loud levels, but if you are looking to power high impedance headphones or iems it will leave you a bit underwhelmed (the higher the impedance number in ohms, the more power headphones or iems need to be driven to get to the same sound level). I have owned the next model up (x6) for a couple of years (I've since acquired dozens of more expensive dacs/amps/headphones and iems, so let's just say the x6 was a gateway drug), and the x6 version (which seems to have similar guts to this model) can be modified by flipping an internal DIP switch to better drive high impedance headphones (Sennheisers, Beyer, etc.), or even by upgrading the internal "opamp" chip for more power -- but you have to open up the chassis with two different kinds of mini - wrenches (hex and torx), and once you make the switch you can't switch back without repeating the process. For a few bucks more (including on some higher priced FX audio headphone amps) you get an exterior button or toggle switch to switch between low and high impedance (think of it as a power boost to drive more power hungry headphones) on the fly - so consider this flexibility if important to you (if you own or intend to purchase several iems/headphones you may be alternating). The biggest plus of this product over similarly priced competitors (at retail - there are really no competitors i can think of at this Drop price) is that it offers coaxial and optical/toslink inputs in addition to RCA/USB, which enables you to play digital files with higher sampling rates (generally more detail from CD or Tidal quality files from a source with these outputs, including a streaming audio player like the late great Chromecast audio puck or CD player). If you are playing from lower resolution sources off a phone or computer (including even Spotify higher quality streams), you may not benefit from these features, but it will give you better sound if you can access higher res sources and are using this as a DAC to a stereo system or with higher quality headphones/iems. Just beware that running this off a phone (particularly an iPhone) rather than a computer can require some extra costs for adapters in addition to standard cables (although an iPad might be used to run this off the higher quality Toslink input). If down the road you need more power and don't want to mess with upgrading the internal opamp chip, an (easier) alternative if you like the DAC but want to drive more power hungry headphones is to keep this as a DAC only, and connect it to a dedicated headphone amp. $60 to $125 on Drop or Amazon or the sites dedicated to other Chinese (Chifi) products like this -- or better yet US manufacturers like Schiit or JDS labs -- can get you into a headphone amp which when coupled with this product could satisfy your music hobbyist / pre-audiophone requirements for years to come. All this to say that this FX DAC-X3 product is probably as inexpensive an introduction as you will find to a decent quality dac/amp for headphone listening or to feed a more powerful headphone amp. If you bite the bullet, welcome to a rewarding but potentially addictive new hobby.
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Hiyo
19
Oct 21, 2020
Thank you for this great reply. You answered tons of my questions. Especially the part about upgrading to better AMP and using this as DAC only in the future. Planning to use this with my current IEMs and then in the future getting HD6XX with better AMP(probably JDS Atom).
j4nd0
47
Oct 20, 2020
Can someone tell me the catch, would this be a cheap solution to get a dac / amp for the office ?
quicklytoo4
237
Oct 21, 2020
tbh can't really say without hearing it, it's probably better than on board audio from laptops/older computers/phones, if you are using budget audio stuff probably a good match if you are using $100+ audio stuff I would personally recommend a FIIO E10K or the newer K3 over this