Originally Posted by angfonz
I recently inherited a TubeMagic D1 Plus Edition when my brother upgraded.
Is this compatable with my Samsung Galaxy S3?
Is there a way to use this only as a DAC for the S3, and not an amplifier? I have a pair of Aktimate Mini + powered speakers and have been told that bad things happen if I were to add an amplifier to the mix.
Thanks in advance!
That's pretty cool to get that dac/pre-amp/headphone amp from your brother
Samsung Galaxy S3 has usb audio out capability. If you buy a USB OTG cable (check this thread to learn more
), should work if it's going to work. So for $10 you can find out.
Otherwise, if it doesn't work, you can run the headphone out from your S3 into the analog line inputs on the TubeMagic. Probably a bit better SQ if you can use the DAC in the TubeMagic via USB from the S3, but it won't hurt anything to try the S3 hooked up that way. If you like the sound, all is good. Plus, you could plug your S3 in so it is charging when using it using the headphone out, instead of going off battery (which you would have to do if using the USB connection).
And yes. There are both a line out and pre-amp out on the TubeMagic that you can plug your speakers into. The line out bypasses the pre-amp--direct from the DAC. The pre-amp out goes through a tube pre-amp and allows you to control the volume from the TubeMagic. Try both and see what sounds better to you.