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post #1666 of 1934

Forgive my ignorance guys, I've never owned any kind of DAC before, am I right in assuming that this device can only be used with laptops / pc's ?

 

I bought a Sony Hi Res Walkman F886 a few months back & was looking for a small portable DAC that I could pair with it ?

 

Any suggestions, much appreciated.

post #1667 of 1934
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Originally Posted by Rob49 View Post

Forgive my ignorance guys, I've never owned any kind of DAC before, am I right in assuming that this device can only be used with laptops / pc's ?

I bought a Sony Hi Res Walkman F886 a few months back & was looking for a small portable DAC that I could pair with it ?

Any suggestions, much appreciated.

Best to think of the df as a sound card so it won't suit your needs. There are dacs that work with daps or walkman's (walkmEn?) but i'm not familiar with sony's.
post #1668 of 1934
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Originally Posted by x838nwy View Post


Best to think of the df as a sound card so it won't suit your needs. There are dacs that work with daps or walkman's (walkmEn?) but i'm not familiar with sony's.


Thank you for your reply.

post #1669 of 1934

anyone tried the dragonfly with the cardas em5813's?  

post #1670 of 1934
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Originally Posted by x838nwy View Post

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Originally Posted by Rob49 View Post

Forgive my ignorance guys, I've never owned any kind of DAC before, am I right in assuming that this device can only be used with laptops / pc's ?

I bought a Sony Hi Res Walkman F886 a few months back & was looking for a small portable DAC that I could pair with it ?

Any suggestions, much appreciated.

Best to think of the df as a sound card so it won't suit your needs. There are dacs that work with daps or walkman's (walkmEn?) but i'm not familiar with sony's.

Dont know about walkman, but a lot of android devices and the new iphone 5 can now use the dragonfly as a dac and amp if you get a female usb cable
post #1671 of 1934
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Originally Posted by Cotnijoe View Post


Dont know about walkman, but a lot of android devices and the new iphone 5 can now use the dragonfly as a dac and amp if you get a female usb cable


Thank you for the feedback.

post #1672 of 1934

It sounds good with my Note 3 phone but the volume may not be enough for some people or hard to drive headphones (it's the phone output, not the power of the DF- it's loud as hell from my laptop)

post #1673 of 1934
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Originally Posted by PTom View Post
 

I currently own the Dragonfly. I was wondering which dedicated desktop DAC would be a step up from the Dragonfly in terms of sound quality? Budget is below $300. Is the ODAC better?

 

Not sure about which would sound better to you, but be aware that at this level of quality differences are going to be minor; if they exist. Also, you'll be losing the portability of the DragonFly. If you have 300 to spend, consider getting a pair of sealed cans for pairing with the dragonfly instead. That way you can have a rig to take to a coffee shop or wherever else your laptop goes but still have a quality DAC for use at home. 

post #1674 of 1934
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Originally Posted by Rob49 View Post

Forgive my ignorance guys, I've never owned any kind of DAC before, am I right in assuming that this device can only be used with laptops / pc's ?

I bought a Sony Hi Res Walkman F886 a few months back & was looking for a small portable DAC that I could pair with it ?

Any suggestions, much appreciated.

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Originally Posted by Cotnijoe View Post

Dont know about walkman, but a lot of android devices and the new iphone 5 can now use the dragonfly as a dac and amp if you get a female usb cable

The dragon fly requires 5 volts of power to work properly. 5 volts being the power output of a USB port. The dragon fly will work with an ipad provided that you hook it up through a powered USB hub. So here's a question to all those diy types out there: what about making some sort of combination 5 volt power supply and USB cable which could then be used with the DF and iPhones, iPads and other devices which do not have powered USB ports. As a bonus make the power supply rechargeable via a powered USB port. Any takers?
post #1675 of 1934
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Originally Posted by guerillaw View Post
 

 

Not sure about which would sound better to you, but be aware that at this level of quality differences are going to be minor; if they exist. Also, you'll be losing the portability of the DragonFly. If you have 300 to spend, consider getting a pair of sealed cans for pairing with the dragonfly instead. That way you can have a rig to take to a coffee shop or wherever else your laptop goes but still have a quality DAC for use at home. 

Sound advise (pun intended)

post #1676 of 1934

new to the thread, but i back read a bit and the general consensus seems to be that the 1.0 is better than 1.2. but can someone list what changes/features were actually added to the 1.2?

 

 

also, i will be using this for movies/games on my sager laptop aside from music. will i see benefits to games and movies with this dac? can it handle dolby pro audio for example?

 

i will be using this with my vsonic gr07 be and jvc mini comp for the most part.

 

tia. 

post #1677 of 1934

There might be consensus that the 1.0 is a better deal than the 1.2, but I don't think there really is a consensus on the quality of either one.  Some prefer 1.0, some prefer 1.2

post #1678 of 1934
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Originally Posted by ralphp@optonline View Post


The dragon fly requires 5 volts of power to work properly. 5 volts being the power output of a USB port. The dragon fly will work with an ipad provided that you hook it up through a powered USB hub. So here's a question to all those diy types out there: what about making some sort of combination 5 volt power supply and USB cable which could then be used with the DF and iPhones, iPads and other devices which do not have powered USB ports. As a bonus make the power supply rechargeable via a powered USB port. Any takers?

Yes, I agree with this. Using a device from a phone that requires a USB connection to the computer for its power? And this being used to power headphones? Does not make any sense to me. IMO this would not be practical.

Bob Graham
post #1679 of 1934
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Originally Posted by r010159 View Post


Yes, I agree with this. Using a device from a phone that requires a USB connection to the computer for its power? And this being used to power headphones? Does not make any sense to me. IMO this would not be practical.

Bob Graham

Sounds really good though from my Note 3 (if not terribly loud)

post #1680 of 1934

I'm having serious issues with my v1.2.

 

First of all, volume control doesn't seem to be working. I can only change the volume up or down by half a bar. It won't go any higher or lower when using my netbook hotkeys. Secondly, when I use the volume control found in the taskbar and increase the volume it causes music to be quite "laggy" (delay when starting) as well volume constantly going up and down causing somewhat of a buzzing effect.

 

My netbook specs:

Model: Samsung N150 Plus

OS: Windows XP SP3

Ram: 2gb DDR3

CPU: Intel Atom n550

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