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Is it worth it for me to upgrade from Audioengine D1 DAC?

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I'm using RS180 headphones connected to the D1 DAC to watch anime on my TV. I'm wondering if it's worth upgrading the D1 DAC to a higher end one in order to increase the sound quality? Would I get a noticeable increase in sound quality if I got a much more better DAC?

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Originally Posted by Stanfoo View Post
 

I'm using RS180 headphones connected to the D1 DAC to watch anime on my TV. I'm wondering if it's worth upgrading the D1 DAC to a higher end one in order to increase the sound quality? Would I get a noticeable increase in sound quality if I got a much more better DAC?

I would think it would be wise to buy new wired headphones and plug them directly into the D1.

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I would think it would be wise to buy new wired headphones and plug them directly into the D1.

 

The RS180 is wireless yes but it's the top wireless headphone and doesn't have any problems with passing sound. Are you saying getting a top wired headphone would make a big improvement in sound quality?

 

(I use the headphones for watching TV in bed, that's why I chose wireless).


Edited by Stanfoo - 1/13/14 at 11:45pm
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The RS180 is wireless yes but it's the top wireless headphone and doesn't have any problems with passing sound. Are you saying getting a top wired headphone would make a big improvement in sound quality?

 

(I use the headphones for watching TV in bed, that's why I chose wireless).

I'm assuming your running a cable from the Audioengine D1's RCA output to the 3.5mm input on the RS180?

So I would assume some nice wired headphones plugging into the D1's headphone jack, might(?) give you better audio quality.

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I'm assuming your running a cable from the Audioengine D1's RCA output to the 3.5mm input on the RS180?

So I would assume some nice wired headphones plugging into the D1's headphone jack, might(?) give you better audio quality.

 

To be more clear - I have a toslink cable connected to my TV and the other end connected to the D1, and the D1 with a RCA to 3.5mm adapter connected to the RS180's transmitter.

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The RS180 is wireless yes but it's the top wireless headphone and doesn't have any problems with passing sound. Are you saying getting a top wired headphone would make a big improvement in sound quality?

(I use the headphones for watching TV in bed, that's why I chose wireless).

The reason PurpleAngel points out that a wired headphone should be your first stop for improvement is because they have their own DAC built into the headphone's receiver. You're basically going from digital to analogue to digital to wireless compression (bandwidth reasons) and then converted back to analogue and amped for your headphones... The RS180 is good for a wireless headphone, but the built-to-cost A/D, D/A, and amp built into the RS180 system negate any advantage of a better DAC upstream... You haven't heard the quality of the D1 yet.
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