1. R

    Dongle DAC and Regular DAC for expansive soundstage under $400

    I'm new here and I thought this would be a good time to ask people about a good dongle DAC and regular DAC. For the dongle DAC, I would prefer it to be simple with not bluetooth, volume/gain controls, etc. I was trying to decide between the MOONRIVER 2 and Dragonfly Cobalt but I found out that...
  2. Bingo777

    Creative SIFX amp is good budget DAC

    I was looking for cheap, portable DAC/AMP for my PC and Fidelio 2HR headphones for gaming, movies but which could also work with my Android phone, was considering Hiby and Hidaz DACs when I found this forgoten gem. It's using AKM 4377 (same DAC as in Lotoo PAW S1) and offers switcheable by...
  3. jw2k_fr

    Need COAX digital --> analog balanced XLR or TRS converter

    Looking for a media and signal convertor, ideally with level adjustment. Needs to do DAC duties, plus output signals should have the correct impedance and level. I'd prefer XLR out, but TRS could work. I'm looking for something older, which can (ideally) be found for cheap on the used market...
  4. rafabro

    Gustard R26

    Gustard is releasing new R2R DAC http://erji.net/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=2266481
  5. HIFIMAN EF400


    HD+N (Line out): Between 0.002% and 0.004% Channel Separation: 125+/-3dB Signal to Noise Ratio: 118+/-3dB (A Weighted) Maximum Power Output: 4.4 W per channel Dimensions: 246.5mm(L)×228mm(W)×61mm(H) Weight: 3.08kg
  6. tlite

    Mid-Fi DAC

    I have: iFi ZenDac V2, and an Audioquest Dragonfly Red. Were I to spend up to the +/- $1,000 mark, what would provide the most notable change for the better? Is that enough to spend to notice a change? I'm still figuring out what I like, but most of my headphones tend toward the warm side of...
  7. Yulong DA-ART Aurora

    Yulong DA-ART Aurora

  8. pollyjingjing

    Sabaj A10d 2022‘v Audio Desktop Dac ES9038Q2M*2 can used with PS5

    Sabaj A10d 2022‘v Audio Desktop Dac ES9038Q2M*2 can used with PS5 Click for more info: https://hifi-express.com/products/sabaj-a10d-2022-v Name: Sabaj A10d 2022‘v Type: Desktop ES9038Q2M*2 DAC Inputs: USB. Optical,. Coaxial, Bluetooth Output:6.35mm/4.4mm headphone,. RCA. XLR Output level: RCA...
  9. Shanling UA3 - Portable DAC/AMP

    Shanling UA3 - Portable DAC/AMP

    UA3 joins our highly popular line of UA models and it marks an important point for Shanling, as it will be our first model using a brand-new DAC from the relaunched line of AKM DACs. For many years, AKM DACs were the core part of Shanling’s audio designs, as they played a crucial role in...
  10. AuneAudio

    aune X1s GT Bluetooth edition is here!

    X1s GT DAC with headphone amplifier, the 8th gen and the milestone of the classic aune X1 series The Bluetooth edition NOW AVAILABLE! ☞ http://en.auneaudio.com/index.php?s=Home/Article/detail/id/59.html ☞ Price: 349 EUR ☞ Find your local distributors here...
  11. SMSL DO100

    SMSL DO100

  12. Avatar86

    All-in-one media streamers (amp, DAC and player)

    Hello guys! This (topic) seems to be a field of HiFi that has kind of poor coverage. I’ve searched the internet with key and lantern for media players that function as all: Storage Media player / streamer Amp DAC CocktailAudio x-series (X30, X40, X50 aso.) Cambridge Audio Evo 75 That’s...
  13. FiiO x Jade Audio KA1 DAC/Amp

    FiiO x Jade Audio KA1 DAC/Amp

    This is a refined specialist with compact elegance. In a tiny space of 40x15x8mm, there is not only a high-quality DAC, but there is also premium audio amplification to match, both carefully tuned by engineers to truly and faithfully reproduce your music the way it was meant to be heard...
  14. N

    DAC cheap

    Do AKM chips have treble rollback relative to ESS chips?
  15. tlite

    Can you hear a difference between DAC's?

    Assuming same headphones, no EQ, and same amp- can you really hear a difference? I really wanted to but just can't. I'm leaving no 3rd option- just yes or no and if in the middle pick which one you think is the most honest... (Bonus points if you post what DAC's you could or couldn't tell...
  16. lostrockets

    increase power from dongle dac

    i've got a l&p 131 dongle dac which im enjoying very much- feeding it to both my elekit and antarex tube amps. i recently got another stax amp 007t and can take the volume all the way to 6 o clock (MAX). ive realized its because the input is not line level and the output is not what it could...
  17. S

    Looking for a starter amp/dac stack or combo for IEM's - especially T800

    Hey guys, I'm new here. Please take in to account that i am dumb probably and dont understand something correctly Couple of days ago I met with a new friend who is really into hi-fi audio and he reignited my passion for headphones and music. Came back home and realised I didn't drive my...
  18. littlej0e

    Wadia 27ix Digital to Analog Converter (and other pre-2007 Wadia DACs)

    I didn't know where to post this and didn't want to hijack an existing thread, so I decided to start one. Recently, a friend of mine was kind enough to pass along a small portion of his considerable knowledge and experience, and in doing so casually threw down a gauntlet: compare a 20+ year old...
  19. Avatar86

    About Sound’s ”Attack, Tightness or Punch”

    Hi All :) I’m sure you all have experienced different sounding media players. Some music players produce a ”warm, soft, open” listening experience. Other players sound more ”analytical, hard, sharp, thight, attack, snappy”. What determines this? 1. What factors of the software kan be tweeked...
  20. oldsoulrevival

    DAC/AMP Recommendations for HifiMan Edition XS?

    I have am currently running a Modi/Magni stack with my Edition XS. Generally, it sounds great. However, my understanding is that this stack is a little bright, and since the XS is also a little bright, I think I might do well with a warmer/darker amp/dac pairing. I am going to be using the...
  21. Shooter41

    DAC - Streamer USB incompatibilities

    Has anyone else had an issue with a streamer not being able to send audio to your DAC via USB? I have a Schiit Yggdrasil "Less-Is-More", which I love but I'm definitely getting frustrated with it's incompatibility issues. I have now tried 2 different streamers, a Bricasti M5 and an ifi...
  22. E

    Where are the HiFi Wolfson DACs in 2022? (WM8740, WM8741, WM8742)

    I recently found a great comparison between Wolfson WM8741 vs. Sabre SS9023 chip based DAC, while shopping for a Denafrips ARES II Resister Ladder R2R Dac. Remco Stoutjesdijk comprehensively reviewed both chip dacs objectively and subjectively: He distinguishes analytical data with actual...
  23. grigorianvlad

    Connecting Two Computers for DSD Playback

    Hey, gang. I have a problem. I can use either a VST plugin or a DSD conversion. I need both. I use JRiver MC v28, which is outstanding in all aspects. A few years ago I got hooked on a VST plugin that is very recourse-demanding. The PC where the JRiver+VST installation runs has enough RAM (16GB)...
  24. dracynical

    The great art of learning is to understand your needs first

    I have been having a constant struggle as of late. A lot of headphones passed through my hands to come to the same conclusion that I really did a big mistake with buying a very transparent DAC/AMP with the THX 789 and the Topping D70. The only headphone that I really enjoyed while using this...
  25. adrianambriz

    Newbie in need of advice,My Situation with ifi DACs

    I bought my first DAC ever after reading for weeks about how to improve audio quality so landed into de Ifi Zen Dac V2, also moved to Tidal. This set up changed the way how I thought I knew about music, silly me, how come in 37 years old of existence I never thought that a DAC and Service...