I just got an enma for use at the office because I didn't have any other DACs with line out
It's my first time to own one, as so far it's ridiculous in terms of value.
My notes so far:
- WTF price/performance ratio?! The 2-channel line out (using ASIO) is as clear as some usb DACs that cost 250usd
- Definitely as good or even better than the udac2 I used to own.
- It sounds very neutral. Personally I prefer DACs that sound a little warmer and have more depth, but those things don't cost 20usd
- The headamp section matches up pretty well with most other amps out there. It's no pico/ibasso killer, but it gets pretty damn close
- Wow, it has line in and toslink I/O too.
- It does NOT accept external power using a battery powered USB device charger so it cannot be used as a portable DAC/amp, but imagine if it did
- When using Windows 7 and wanting to use its analog line out, there's no need to install the firmware. Using it with ASIO (in winamp or foobar) automatically disables the volume control, just make sure to set ASIO to 2 channel output. It's a compromise because the enma won't accept 96khz files when used this way. 96khz can only be played with 7.1 channel output.
- No need for firmware when you want to use it as a headamp either. Just go to control panel, sound, and pick "speakers multi channel device" as the default device. This enables the volume control for movies and gaming etc. using a usb connection. I'd use toslink if I could though.
CORRECTIONS: Setting up toslink to output to 2ch is such a pain in the arse. Install the firmware, it sounds better than the generic driver windows tries to use.