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Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2 In/2 Out USB Recording Audio Interface Reviews

HiFi1972

A very decent portable (and affordable) USB2 DAC/Headphone amp

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Pros: Great DAC, able to drive IEMs and most low impedance headphones

Cons: 96kHz limit, not able to drive high impedance headphones very efficiently

Focusrite may not be a familiar name in the Headphone Audiophile community. Many might be more familiar with Creative Labs, Turtle Beach, ASUS, etc. as makers of "entry level" headphone gear, but for those who don't know, Focusrite is a very familiar name in Professional Audio. Focusrite's claim to fame comes from their microphone preamps, which for decades have been found in many commercial recording studios.   Why does this matter to the average Headphone Audiophile? Well, for starters they have experience in Pro Audio and understand that having a good DAC is essential to making critical decisions while working on audio, and so they put a Cirrus Logic 4272 chip in this unit (this...
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morethansense

Bargain for beginner recording artists.

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Pros: Portable, Phantom power, USB powered, Easy to use, Reliable.

Cons: Requires amp for decent headphones. Switches not the best quality. No on/off switch. Clips easily.

Amps are really low-noise, even when cranked up. Feels good with metal shell, but still lightweight. Halo indicators are pretty useful for general levels.   Clips easily. Max level input -3dBu means you'll probably need a DI still.
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