Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Portable Headphone Amps › iBasso D6 "Fer-de-Lance" USB DAC/Amp
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

iBasso D6 "Fer-de-Lance" USB DAC/Amp - Page 50

post #736 of 762
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cotnijoe View Post

Thanks for the info Jazzfan! If i was to use an mp3 player that is not an iDevice and connect it to aux in/out and use my headphone in the phone jack, then would both the dac and amp of the D6 be used?

 

 

 

You're welcome, and no. In that situation, only the amp section would be used.  Feeding the D6 an analog signal using the Aux In/Out jack effectively bypasses the internal DAC.  This is considered inferior to feeding a digital signal via the USB port because the DAC used by the player/source sending the signal would likely be of lower quality than the internal DACs of the D6, which are consider good.

 

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cotnijoe View Post

 

And it sounds like i could basically plug two headphones in the device at the same time? but would there be any differences in quality?

 

 

Only use the "Phone" jack for headphones.  Never use the "Aux In/Out" jack for headphones.

 

For the highest quality playback through the D6, play FLAC, ALAC or WMA Lossless files via the USB port.  That way, you use the D6 internal DAC to convert the digital signal, and you are playing the highest quality source files through the D6. MP3 files are encoded using a "lossy" compression method, which is considered lower in quality.

 

In summary, for the highest quality playback, use FLAC, ALAC or WMA Lossless files via the USB port.

post #737 of 762

thanks again for all the tips. So if i was to consider using an mp3 with the amp then i would have to find a usb and 3.5mm cable if such a thing exists?

post #738 of 762
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cotnijoe View Post

thanks again for all the tips. So if i was to consider using an mp3 with the amp then i would have to find a usb and 3.5mm cable if such a thing exists?

 

 

The actual connection to the D6 will depend on the output signal coming from your source device, be it analog or digital.  You cannot mix digital signal outputs with analog inputs and vice versa, so a usb to 3.5mm cable should not exist.  To clarify, here are a few examples of Analog vs Digital (via USB) signal connections for the iBasso D6:

 

  • Analog Source signal (portable device - ie. iPod, MP3 Player, HP Touchpad etc.):


       Source device (Headphone out - "typically" 3.5mm) -->  D6 "Aux In/Out - 3.5mm --> D6 "Phone" - 3.5mm --> Headphones

 

  • Digital Source (via USB) signal (ie. Computer, Squeezebox Touch, MP3 Player w/USB out, etc.):


       Source device (USB out) -->  D6 "USB" port (rear) --> D6 "Phone" - 3.5mm --> Headphones

       or

       Source device (USB out) -->  D6 "USB" port (rear) --> D6 "Aux In/Out" - 3.5mm -->

       3.5mm to Dual Phono (RCA) Plug Y-cable --> external headphone amp --> Headphones

 

 

If your MP3 player only outputs an analog signal from its headphone jack, all you would need is a stereo cable with 3.5mm male connectors on both ends.  But again, with this connection, you would only be using the D6 amp and not the DAC.  Only a digital connection will use both the DAC and amp.

post #739 of 762

got it. haha thanks again for helping out a headphone noob here =)

post #740 of 762
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cotnijoe View Post

got it. haha thanks again for helping out a headphone noob here =)

 

No worries. Glad to help.

post #741 of 762

Currently owner of the Fiio E17. How does this compare to the E17? I'm currently trying to find a DAC/Amp that will work through USB audio with Galaxy S3. It seems like most Ibasso products will work. I'm ok to upgrade. But just want to know how big a sound improvement do I get for paying almost 2x the price. Thanks ahead.

post #742 of 762

if it works through usb audio, then why not give it a shot. I used to have the E7 and upgraded to the d6 about half a year later and don't regret it at all (though I did get it used for much cheaper). However, the E17 has a much more impressive amp section than the E7 so I'm not sure how big the upgrade will be. Maybe you should just stick with the E17 for now and wait for a worthier upgrade like the RSA predator or the Pico slim dac/amp.

 

Though I can assure you that the D6 is nice llittle thing.

post #743 of 762

Hey guys, I know you're all saying that these could use a little more juice to drive high impedance headphones, but provided that i'm playing my music at about 80 mw (the max is 100 on these cans), would the d6 be able to drive beyerdynamic 880s 250 ohm ? 

post #744 of 762
post #745 of 762

Ok, simple question, can the d6 be used an amp AND dac portably with an iPod ? 

post #746 of 762
No. Amp only for iPod.
post #747 of 762
post #748 of 762

Does anyone know of a set of IEM's under $300 that would pair well with this amp/dac?

post #749 of 762

anybody know of one of these for sale???
 

post #750 of 762
Quote:
Originally Posted by soadspecialk View Post

anybody know of one of these for sale???
 

I may know someone.  What were you looking to spend?

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Portable Headphone Amps
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Portable Headphone Amps › iBasso D6 "Fer-de-Lance" USB DAC/Amp