NuForce uDAC-3 DAC/Amp Combo
NuForce uDAC-3 DAC/Amp Combo
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If you’ve paid a pretty penny for high-end cans or home speakers, why keep streaming audio straight from your headphone port? Designed to significantly upgrade any computer’s sound output and extract great detail from your music collection, the NuForce uDAC3 is powerful enough for noisy environments—yet small enough to fit in your pocket ... Read More

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operarara
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May 30, 2019
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What does asynchronous USB mean and does it introduce latency? I play a digital piano through MIDI and a VST on my computer. Even 10-20ms latency is too much and makes and awkward unnatural playing experience. Anyone tried this or tested the latency?
May 30, 2019
Edgeman
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May 29, 2019
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So the RCA jacks are for output? I can't use this as a headphone amp to connect my vintage Superphon preamp tape out to use my headphones?
May 29, 2019
sslavche3
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May 30, 2019
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I've a Topping A30 and it's been good so far - plenty of power and no annoying quirks.
May 30, 2019
Edgeman
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May 31, 2019
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Thank you.
May 31, 2019
Poblopuablo
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Mar 28, 2019
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Would this upgrade the sound over my motherboard audio(asrock fatal1ty b350 itx) for my ath ad500x set? Or is the motherboard just fine for this headset. I know the 500x's aren't anything really fancy. I bought them used for $55 on eBay about 6months ago, so would it's really be a noticable difference to ad a $60 amp/DAC?
Mar 28, 2019
dwang040
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Apr 3, 2019
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I doubt there will be a big difference with these and your motherboard. The only reason I would suggest buying these over a good motherboard is for electrical noise isolation. Some boards (like mine for instance) have terrible isolation, so the built in solution will sometimes pick up electrical noises/ disturbances from inside your computer. That translates to annoying whining/ electrical noises in your music and audio. Sometimes, optical and usb can help solve that and that's where buying something like this would be useful. The other reason you'd buy an external dac/ amp is for more power. These won't really give off that much power as they are usb powered, but others such as the JDS Atom, Monolith Liquid Spark, are wall powered and are much better at powering high resistance headphones.
Apr 3, 2019
FrowningTea
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Feb 27, 2019
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I've been using my unit plugged in to my PC for two weeks and it overheats if I leave it running overnight. (I forget to turn it off.) Has anyone found a solution for this issue?
Feb 27, 2019
FrowningTea
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Mar 28, 2019
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I'm using them with a pair of Sennheiser HD579. I've since changed the cable with one that has a ferrite core. It still produces static noise when it overhears but no longer shuts off. Turning it off and on again fixes the static. It is an inconvenience but I can live it. (Massdrop has given me a partial refund for the defect and NuForce has offered to look at it if I ship it to them but as an international customer, it is a bit of a hassle for me.)
Mar 28, 2019
dwang040
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Mar 28, 2019
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The static noise is... yeah, it's annoying. As far as I'm aware (as my unit does so too) there is no way to stop it/ prevent it. I have no idea what causes it since it seems so random also.
Mar 28, 2019
Daeronicus
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Feb 24, 2019
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I don't have the review option yet but i want to share my experience with this little guy. First of all, this is my first dac/amp, so no much to compare. My only experience with a DAC is the one included in the HyperX Cloud II... so not a good subject to compare with.  Anyway, i am impressed with this combo, i have been using it with my SennheiserJubilee and i do notice an improve in clarity and quality. Previously, i have been using this pair directly on my motherboard, an asus z270.  I listened some tracks from the Balmorhea album Live at Sint-Elisabethkerk, all instrumental, and wow, the experience was just great. It's really nice be able to notice all the little details in the sound of the instruments, it sounded good beafore this dac but now i can tell more easily all the notes. For me, this dac was an improvement all the way. So, like me, if you want to try a dac for the first time and don't want to pay much or don't know where to start, i would say this dac/amp is a very good start. It is very easy to setup, just connect it to one of your usb port, plug in your headphone or audio system and turn the volume on. Another plus: portability, is really small so you can carry with you anywhere.
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UPDATE: Ok, i have detected an issue with this dac, nothing to worry i guess, but is sort of annoying. The first time i used this DAC all worked fine: I turned on my pc, plugged in my hearphones on the NuForce and then turned on the dac, i felt the punch of clarity and volume quite nice. Later i turned off my computer and left the dac on, so there was this little blue light, my pc have energy passing through so i can charge something from usb without turning on all the system, I like that way. So the next day i plugged my hearphones to this DAC, a Sennheiser HD 58x and turned on my pc, in that order, but the volume was significately low, it didn't save the volume level i left the day after, so i had to turn off the dac, turned on again but it didn't solve the issue. Long story short, today i have the volume level of the dac almost in half way of the volume wheel to get the same volume i got in the first day, and I don't want to end moving the volume wheel further every time. There is something that i am missing? there is some specific way to use a dac that i don't know? I checked the manual and it doesn't tell anything related so i'm a bit confused about this. Its my first dac so I am very new to this world, manual said just plug and use, i did that. I need some feedback on this so if you could help me or give some advice i'd really apreciate it.
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Feb 24, 2019
bryan23us
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Feb 16, 2019
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I just bought the HD58x Jubilee Headphones today. What's the best or basic amp for this headphones? NuForce uDAC3 or Magni 3? it's primarily for traveling, music, gaming console. Any suggestions? I'm also on a budget...thanks!
Feb 16, 2019
AshenEclipse
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Mar 2, 2019
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I apologize for getting back to this so late. Pairing a DAC/AMP with a console would be a more tricky matter for sure. I'm honestly not able to give a recommendation for that since I stopped console gaming years ago. I would recommend just doing some research on various portable DAC/AMPs and see what manufacturers actually mention compatibility with consoles.
Mar 2, 2019
Anjanakrishnan
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Jun 28, 2019
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I have the hd58x and a udac-1. I'm happy with the results and I like having the round volume knob.
Jun 28, 2019
shuvia666
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Feb 15, 2019
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I recently bought the hd6xx and i just have 60 dollars left This dac/amp will drive them decently until i get some money to buy a better one? Or my Asus Rampage V Xtreme 3.1 is enough?
Feb 15, 2019
shuvia666
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Feb 15, 2019
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Ty so much for answering What do you think about the o2 odac combo?
Feb 15, 2019
dwang040
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Feb 15, 2019
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I would suggest a different combo. There have been posts regarding the internal build quality of the amp (I was given different recommendations on forums). The other thing is that the o2 amp is a bit "outdated." what I mean is that while the o2 is good, there are other amps that are similarly priced but also better. I would say the jds atom has taken the o2's place for now. Same price, better performance. The sdac is still decent, but out of the combo, things like the khadas tone board, topping D10, D30, will give just as amazing performance and value. For combos, a bit more expensive but the topping dx3 is another good choice.
Feb 15, 2019
Xavihno
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Feb 14, 2019
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How do they compare with: Optoma NuForce uDAC5?
Feb 14, 2019
Lunarwangshaft
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Feb 13, 2019
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How well will this pair with TRN V80 IEM's? Can't find any info on how to pair headphones to amps.
Feb 13, 2019
dwang040
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Feb 15, 2019
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Well, what are you expecting from these? Being iems, these are (I believe) 24 ohms? So yeah, they're very easy to drive and these will work just fine with those iems. Again, what do you want/ expect from the uDac 3? And what do you mean by pairing headphones to amps?
Feb 15, 2019
E.Wood
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Feb 12, 2019
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The specs of this device is questionable at best. How can its SNR (98 dB) be higher than its dynamic range (90db)?
Feb 12, 2019
dwang040
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Feb 13, 2019
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I wonder where they even got the dynamic range stats from. It's not listed on Optoma's website.
Feb 13, 2019
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