Originally Posted by jrmhng
Thanks for the reply but I dont quite get this. I thought it was just a bypass of the onboard sound card, then DACed and AMPed in the Nuforce then straight out into the headphones. Is there something I am missing?
Equalization software is digital. It alters the bits in the digital domain. So you can still use equalization even with the onboard sound card (which is just a DAC/amp itself) bypassed. The altered bits will be transferred to the external DAC.
Originally Posted by Ciaran Van Don
Hi I would like to know about this uDac2 because I thought that it bypassed my computers onboard soundcard is that right?? Will I be able to use EQ and how is the bass with the udAC 2? I was going to pair this with a set of Audioengine 2s.
Avoid the uDAC. It has some silly flaws, both as a DAC and an amp. It clips with 0 dBFS signals (meaning pretty much every modern recording, if you aren't using digital volume attenuation).
If you only need a DAC, I'd save some money and get a Behringer UCA202.
The MusicStreamer II is probably good, but I haven't seen any measurements of it, and the original's measurements weren't very good.