Edited by Pritolus - 4/17/13 at 11:07am
Originally Posted by GerGa
I a dacmagic plus to use as volume control for two active speakers and subwoofer. This is good at my computer, but there may be times when I want to bring my speakers and sub to a party, where I will want to play music from my sandisk sansa fuze mp3 player.
Is there some way I could plug my mp3 player into the dacmagic plus? Audio signal to coax or spdif converter?
Or audio to usb converter? I see there are two usb jacks in the back..
This is a no-go. Your mp3 player outputs an analogue signal, whereas the DacMagic Plus only accepts digital input. To make this work you would need an ADC (analogue to digital converter) that outputs a digital audio signal via SPDIF or TOSLINK, in a format the DacMagic understands. I suspect some kind of recording rig would be needed to do this.
Sadly I don't see many options for you other than bringing a laptop, or getting a portable player with digital output (like the Colorfly Pocket Hi-Fi C4 Pro, though it's a great deal more expensive than your sansa). That or get an analogue pre-amp in place of the DacMagic.
Originally Posted by leksasd
Does anyone have any input on how this would compare with the Asus Xonar Essence One or the Schiit Bifrost?
I'm looking for a comparison with the Bifrost as well.
I have seen a comparison between the DacMagic Plus and the Essence One, however (this test also included the Burson DA-160, Hegel HD11 and Weiss DAC202). LINK (in norwegian). The article states that the two DACs are very close in performance, but it gives the edge to Cambridge: Airier than Asus, brings out more detail, but has less rythmic drive (less potent bass, I think). They also preferred the Cambridge headphone amp: While less powerful, the sound is clearer and cleaner than Asus (tested with Sennheiser HD 598). They also thought the volume knob gave a higher quality feel than on the Asus.fsdasadfasdf
I own the DacMagic myself, and I think it drives my Denon AH-D7000 very well. I am looking to upgrade though, and I'm considering either getting a Shiit Asgard 2 to go with the DacMagic, or an Asgard 2/Bifrost combo to replace it.
Eventually I think I want the Woo Audio WA6SE or WA5LE, together with a Hegel HD25.