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I just bought a used Little Dot DAC I almost entirely based on this review.  I'm very glad that I did.  I am immediately noticing a HUGE improvement over the Hifimediy Sabre DAC.  I usually need to do extensive direct comparisons to notice any difference when I am changing equipment, but this improvement was simply blatant.  The Little Dot DAC gives me the same impact with rock music with my DT 880 that I got with the SRH840 while retaining the soundstage.  I also am getting noticeably more bass, which was previously somewhat lacking with the Hifimediy Sabre.  I didn't think this was possible, but I am finally content with my audio setup, which is good because I really don't have the money to upgrade anything else at this point.


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Originally Posted by mastertrash View Post


USB Input
This one surprised me a little bit. I have been reading a lot recently about the advantages of newer asynchronous mode USB dacs, and about the inherent weakness in the other variety. Honestly, I was happy with the sound over the USB connection. I played a few CD's matched up with FLAC rips playing through Winamp with ASIO4ALL. Switching between the two inputs on the LD yielded no massive or easily identifiable differences. I thought I heard some small differences, but I didn't fiddle with it long enough to be sure. I can comfortably say that the LD sounds good on all of its inputs -- I tried them all and found none of them stuck out much.
 

mastertrash - found all the inputs quite good! 

 

 

I have this DAC on order. Presently I don't have any audiophile level equipment I am using a surprisingly good equalized headset which was the inspiration for me to get audiophile level equipment.

 

 

My question is this presently I listen to music, all of it from my computer, over this surprisingly good headset at both my little computer screen and big-screen television over a 82 foot USB extension cable. I think that the voltage swing at the end of the 82 feet might not be equal to the voltage swing as it left the computer. Do you think this would cause any problems with this DAC?

 

 

Does anyone know how to add optical or coaxial audio output to a computer so one might use either optical or coaxial cable to carry the sound to this DAC? Will it always involve and expensive soundcard or could you do it just as well with the cheap soundcard or some other way?

 

 

PS I would ask this question at a appreciation thread for this DAC if I could find one is there an appreciation thread I am not finding it?

post #48 of 51

Yes you can find some pretty inexpensive sound cards that have a toslink or coax output. I saw one on amazon that was only about $40.

post #49 of 51

I waited maybe 2-3 weeks, to receive mine from China.

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Yes you can find some pretty inexpensive sound cards that have a toslink or coax output. I saw one on amazon that was only about $40.

Solid idea. Or pickup a used airport express and do the same, wirelessly.

post #51 of 51

Does anybody know if there are  Linux drivers for the little-dot dac_I? I am loving the way it is sounding with my Windows computer with its Windows drivers for this DAC, but can I safely purchase a Linux computer as well and no that drivers exist to use this DAC with Linux?

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