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JDS Labs ODAC with or without RCA Outputs

post #1 of 5
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Hi all. This is my first post. You have a really great forum here.

 

I'm considering the JDS Labs standalone ODAC. But I see that they offer models with and without additional RCA outputs. My question is whether there would be any performance difference between using the RCA outputs vs. the standard output with a 3.5mm to RCA cable.

 

As seen here: http://www.jdslabs.com/products/46/standalone-odac/

 

Thanks for your thoughts!

 

EDIT:

 

Just talked to a JDS rep about this. It was my intention to use the USB powered ODAC without an amp. But I'm now under the impression that even though the ODAC is USB powered, it must be driven by an amp. Can anyone confirm or clarify this? Thanks. 


Edited by agalma - 3/30/14 at 1:21pm
post #2 of 5
The ODAC is just a DAC. It converts audio from digital to analog and must be hooked into some kind of amplifier, much like the line outs on a CD player.

If this is for portable use with a laptop, you might consider the Audioquest Dragonfly. For desktop use, the Schiit Modi/Magni stack which has been recommended as similar in performance to the ODAC/O2.
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Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply. I actually started another thread, which probably better explains what I'm after. But I understand the need for an amp now, and the fact that the Dragonfly has a built-in amp.

 

Apart from trying to figure out the specific model, maybe you can help me to understand something. My priority now is my headphones. However, I also have an NAD amp that had plugged into my previous computer with good results.

 

I have a new computer now, and it's obvious that the sound is deficient. If I were to go with something like a Dragonfly or Fiio E17, is there any concern with running the computer to the NAD amp through one of these devices?

 

Portability is not the biggest issue. But I have limited desk space and am looking for a solution that would allow me run my music to my headphones, on the one hand, and to the NAD amp, on the other.

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Originally Posted by agalma View Post

Thanks for the reply. I actually started another thread, which probably better explains what I'm after. But I understand the need for an amp now, and the fact that the Dragonfly has a built-in amp.

I guess I've been replying to that one, too. LOL

Best to keep only one thread. It tends to split conversations up, making it more difficult to have a discussion smily_headphones1.gif
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Thread Starter 

Yes. I caught that too! Let me try to reformulate things in the other thread. I think I'm understanding things better.

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