post #16 of 20
11/5/09 at 10:18pm
Does a DAC output a line-level signal? Does doing source->DAC->headphones result in hearing almost nothing?
Sorry for the slight drift in topic but a related question on DACs...
I always viewed digital to analog conversion as sort of a transform, so like the same signal is placed into an alternate form that is recoverable. So then what is it that makes a, say, $250 DAC that much superior to an iPod DAC? Is D/A and A/D actually a lossy tranform? Or is it a build sort of thing, i.e. the higher quality DAC uses better solder/low noise op-amps and what not? Or something?