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post #31 of 94

In the April-2014 Stereophile published reviews of DacMagic XS and Audio Engine D3. So they compared each other and made some comparisons against Audioquest Dragonfly. It seems that Streophile people preffer the DacMagic XS over the other two. In fact, these 3 units are "Stereophile Recomended Components” with B classification).

 

Well, I'd like to know if somebody has compared these headphones amp/dac against the Nuforce Udac-3. This one has an asynchronous USB, support up to 96khz, and so has DSD capabilities. Finally udac-3 has a volume knob and two audio outputs (¡a good idea!): rca stereo output and coax digital output.

 

I want to buy one of these, however I can't compare all of them, so I don’t decide which one to buy. I like the idea of having volume control independent of the computer volume (XS and uDac-3), I like to have usb asynchronous (all of them), it could be interesting to have 192khz (I have flac files 24bit/192khz, but I have my doubts that this is an audible feature). Finally, having rca outputs and/or coax output may be nice in some circumstances.

 

I have grado sr225i headphones, it seems that all of these amps would work fine with it. For me the most important question is: ¿which one sounds better? Nuforce is chepear, Amazon Price is $125. XS and D3 Price is $189, Dragonfly Price is $150.

 

What do you think?


Edited by RelayerCR - 3/23/14 at 7:27pm
post #32 of 94
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Originally Posted by RelayerCR View Post
 

In the April-2014 Stereophile published reviews of DacMagic XS and Audio Engine D3. So they compared each other and made some comparisons against Audioquest Dragonfly. It seems that Streophile people preffer the DacMagic XS over the other two. In fact, these 3 units are "Stereophile Recomended Components” with B classification).

 

Well, I'd like to know if somebody has compared these headphones amp/dac against the Nuforce Udac-3. This one has an asynchronous USB, support up to 96khz, and so has DSD capabilities. Finally udac-3 has a volume knob and two audio outputs (¡a good idea!): rca stereo output and coax digital output.

 

I want to buy one of these, however I can't compare all of them, so I don’t decide which one to buy. I like the idea of having volume control independent of the computer volume (XS and uDac-3), I like to have usb asynchronous (all of them), it could be interesting to have 192khz (I have flac files 24bit/192khz, but I have my doubts that this is an audible feature). Finally, having rca outputs and/or coax output may be nice in some circumstances.

 

I have grado sr225i headphones, it seems that all of these amps would work fine with it. For me the most important question is: ¿which one sounds better? Nuforce is chepear, Amazon Price is $125. XS and D3 Price is $189, Dragonfly Price is $150.

 

What do you think?


Try and demo them at your local hifi store!

post #33 of 94

I forgot to mention that I have been using the Nuforce udac-2 for one year. Well I've received my new uDac-3, and I am very very very ... impressed, it simply surpase my expectations. To put it simply: uDac3 sounds much better than the udac2, to be honest I was waiting for a slight improvement, however I perceive a huge improvement, and I have not pass by the break-in period.

 

uDac-3 vs uDac-2 reproduces more details, more bodied, there are improvements in the soundstage, and finally I perceive neutral sound.

 

I have just one doubt, I'd like to understand why the udac3 properties in Windows shows options of 16 bit and 32 bit, instead of 16 bit and 24 bit. I mean, when I go to playback devices, then I select the udac3 and finally I go to the Properties, in the screen I see options to choose of 16 bit and 32 bit. This is an image of my screen:

 

 

I sent a question to support nuforce, I'll let you know their answer.

 

I use Windows 8.1, 64 bit. I'm testing the uDac-3 with earphones Nuforce NE-700x and Grado headphones sr225i.

 

I'm listening only lossless files (16 bit / 24 bit, 44.1 khz/48 khz/88.2 khz/ 96 kHz). uDac-3 won't recognices more tan 96khz.

 

Well I have not been able to compare uDac-3 against Cambride Audio DacMagic XS, Audioquest Dragonfly and/or AudioEngine D3. However the results of the uDac-3 are very impressive, and the price is just $125 (against $150 and $189).

post #34 of 94

I was considering getting one of these to replace a Xonar U3. (The Xonar U3 is ok for the price. A nice upgrade from stock laptop audio but nothing really spectacular). I think with my SE535 I should get something better anyways.

 

I wanted the added benefit of being able to use it with my Nexus 7 and Moto G. The U3 doesn't work so well. Audio is crackling and poor over android. I guess this one has the same issue.

 

Anything else around this range that can do both?

 

I'm not really all that keen on FIIO products. I owned a Nudac 2 a few years ago and it died on me in a couple of months.

 

Despite what my profile says I am in the UK.


Edited by Robgo - 5/13/14 at 8:20am
post #35 of 94
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I was considering getting one of these to replace a Xonar U3. (The Xonar U3 is ok for the price. A nice upgrade from stock laptop audio but nothing really spectacular). I think with my SE535 I should get something better anyways.

 

I wanted the added benefit of being able to use it with my Nexus 7 and Moto G. The U3 doesn't work so well. Audio is crackling and poor over android. I guess this one has the same issue.

 

Anything else around this range that can do both?

 

I'm not really all that keen on FIIO products. I owned a Nudac 2 a few years ago and it died on me in a couple of months.

 

Despite what my profile says I am in the UK.


Hrt micro streamer!

post #36 of 94

The HRT Micro Streamer looks nice. Thanks for the tip.


Edited by Robgo - 5/15/14 at 9:11am
post #37 of 94

How is it compere to cambridge audio dacmagic plus?

and for the B&W P7 ?

post #38 of 94
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How is it compere to cambridge audio dacmagic plus?

and for the B&W P7 ?


Don't know you could try and get a demo at richer sounds..that's if you live in the uk?..i have the arcam r dac so don't know about the dacmagic plus!

post #39 of 94
No im not from the UK im from Israel we dont have it here on demo..
How is the performence of the arcam and on what headphones do u use it on if i may ask ?
Thank u
post #40 of 94
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Originally Posted by weissshay View Post

No im not from the UK im from Israel we dont have it here on demo..
How is the performence of the arcam and on what headphones do u use it on if i may ask ?
Thank u


I just use the arcam r dac with a sennheiser u320 headset for gaming with my ps4 over optical and rca to my headset, it's got good sound..one of the best for the price!

post #41 of 94
Does this dac benifit from any burn-in?
I just got it, and it sounds harsh, cold and lifeless. I am using it with the ath-m50s, but my laptop's is warmer and more full-bodied. This is a let-down since I actuallu wanned to upgrade the laptops sound.
post #42 of 94
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Originally Posted by lofthanza View Post

Does this dac benifit from any burn-in?
I just got it, and it sounds harsh, cold and lifeless. I am using it with the ath-m50s, but my laptop's is warmer and more full-bodied. This is a let-down since I actuallu wanned to upgrade the laptops sound.


The dragonfly is even worse mate..you get what you pay for..i had them both and took them back and got the arcam r dac..it's better in every way..the hrt micro streamers supposed to be good but i have never owned one!

post #43 of 94
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The dragonfly is even worse mate..you get what you pay for..i had them both and took them back and got the arcam r dac..it's better in every way..the hrt micro streamers supposed to be good but i have never owned one!

 

I was going to buy a Cambridge DAC but I heard it doesn't work on android devices. I bought an HRT Microstreamer (was able to buy it for the same cost as the DacMagic. In UK though). And I'm really happy with the HRT.

 

Haven't heard the DacMagic myself though.

post #44 of 94
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Originally Posted by fetalgoat View Post
 

 

I was going to buy a Cambridge DAC but I heard it doesn't work on android devices. I bought an HRT Microstreamer (was able to buy it for the same cost as the DacMagic. In UK though). And I'm really happy with the HRT.

 

Haven't heard the DacMagic myself though.


Did you get the microstreamer from richer sounds?

post #45 of 94

I bought it on ebay from the US. What they're charging in the UK for it is way too much. 189 pounds in UK ($320) vs $170 in the US.

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