Happy New Year to you all!!
I just want to get straight to the point if that is okay with everyone:
I've been a fond owner of my Fiio E9/E17 setup for my desktop for a good two years now. I was so delight 2 years ago when I bought this setup and was my gateway drug into this awesome hobby.
Now I've recently acquired a valve/tube amp from Fred_Fred an have been looking for a standalone Dac to replace the E9/E17 as an alternative setup.
Today I took my next step in this crazy hobby, I present to you Jaycar's Digitech Branded DAC/Amp:
I really want to show you all what this thing looks like so here are a few more pictures:
So it fits in the palm of my hand quite nicely, very light and feels rigid. Smooth edges and has a matte-like finish. I found the instructions quite interesting especially how they've wording things, even making reference about 'Audiophiles':
I've literally only just set this Dac up to my computer via Optical Toslink. The Dac a can support USB, Optical Toslink/Coaxial. RCA line out at the "Front" of the dac with your standard headphone jack. Volume knob is small and firm. Power is supplied either by USB or USB/Power supply cord. Overall quality is pretty good and it's pretty easy on the eyes!
Impressions: Ok so I've only just plugged it in and started listening. Immediately I heard a very soft hiss but nothing to offending, I was using my Ath CKM-500's as they are my daily's. Fired up Foobar and started to listen to one of my favourite albums 'Drink the Sea' by Glitch Mob.
Straight away I felt "relief", it wasn't terrible!! It sounded as good as the E9/17. Almost finishing the album I can say I wasn't disappointed.
The sound is good, the bass is very solid and on par with the E9/E17! the mid's are forward and vocals stand out more than it did on the E9/E17, the high's are very crisp and airy where I felt the E9/17 was sometimes grainy. The digitech seem to have a nice wide sound stage with better clarity than the E9/E17. Plenty of Volume with punch and authority (I understand IEM's aren't hard to drive) Musically it does things quite well and I can't hear any anomalies...very impressed! Overall I think I'll keep this Dac and can't wait to hook up the tube amp to it! Burn in has started...
Final notes: A few things I want to say about the Digitech is that it doesn't come with an of it's specs listed on the package or in the manual, you literally cross your fingers and toes and hope for the best! But like I said I'm pretty relieved that it didn't suck!
Now I know there are plenty of Dac's out there but I was fortunate enough to have a Jaycar very close to my home and just gone through Christmas I just wanted to walk in to a Bricks and morter store and buy something with my own hands. I didn't feel like ordering something online and play the waiting game. For $100.00 Aus I was quite happy to pay.
Ok, now I would like to open the floor to you Headfi'ers out there! Perhaps give it a go yourselves or ask questions. I'm always keen on new discoveries but please make it clear I AM NOT HYPING this product! I merely just want to share my findings with others and perhaps help those who were in the same position as I was!!
Thanks for reading!