Want better sound quality and more volume from your iPhone/laptop/MP3 player? You need a DAC.
What is a DAC?
A DAC, or digital-to-analog converter, converts digitally-stored information into the analog sound that we can hear. A USB DAC is like an external sound card that can easily be plugged into your PC, laptop, tablet, phone or other music player.
Why does a signal need to be converted at all?
The original analog sound made by our favorite bands is recreated in a digital format, for storing convenience. While computers can understand these digital signals, we humans (I'm making an assumption here about our readership) cannot, nor can your speakers or headphones. So before we can listen to it, the digital signal needs to be returned to analog. A standard DAC is built into laptops and music players. However: the better the DAC, the higher quality the conversion, and therefore the better sound you’ll hear from your speakers or headphones.
I’ve never used a DAC before, so why...
Massdrop x HIFIMAN HE4XX Planar Magnetic Headphones issue with right ear peice
i have had hifiman he4xx headphones for about a month that i got from massdrop.
Recently i quickly took the wires out of the left/right ear pieces (which is fine to do on these) as the right one was sticking out a little.
When i tried to place the right one back in it does not stay, there is a small metal ring that comes out but it is different to the one on the left earpiece which plugs in perfectly. This has caused it to always fall out and there is no sound coming out of the right ear.
there is no way a part fell out as i have looked everywhere in the place it happened.
anyone know what do to? thanks
Hello guys i just got elac debut 5.2
I'm wondering what amp should i use?
Now I'm using nobsound ns10g, mainly for watching youtube / spotify
Budget under $200
What i need is optical, usb, Bluetooth
There are some options:
1. DAC + amp combo:
topping pa3 + topping d10 / other DAC
2. Integrated amp:
FX audio 802c
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I'm mainly a gamer and after much consideration I've decided I want to replace my soundblasterx g5. I've had many complaints of keyboard noise while playing and have tried everything I can think of to minimize/negate it but no no avail. As part of my search I found some noise reduction features in the soundblasterx g6 but if I'm going to be spending $150 for one I figured I might as well ask around to see if a better solution could be found for around the same price. I would prefer an all in one solution if possible to pair with my Sennheiser GSP600 at least until I'm ready for an upgrade there as well. Any recommendations are welcome but please provide a case as to why it's better, I would like to use this as a chance to learn more about the audiophile space and what makes a particular solution better.
Edit: I should have mentioned that I've noticed that my friends are able to hear things in games that I can not and I suspect this is due to some sort of processing in my g5. Any...
So after weeks of research, I've decided that I'll get the Toppings D50s DAC with a SP200 AAA-888 amp. I'm pretty sure I want to pair them well a pair of DT1990s, but I'm not entirely sure what other options would be recommended at that price range.
I do mix and master music, but that will be secondary to casual listening since I have good speakers. So I'm basically looking for something that will be nice for causal listening to "mostly" bass heavy music and rarely mixing.
The Dt1990's seemed to fit that description, but I want to know some other recommendations. Know that this is my first hi-fi headphone purchase and I haven't tried anything myself personally and don't really have the ability to.