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Is it a DAC?

Discussion in 'Portable Headphone Amps' started by Stefanmz7, Feb 11, 2019.
  1. Stefanmz7
    Hi! So I was just browsing products from fiio and I have a question. So is the fiio A1 a DAC or is it just an amp? When I plug it into my phone will the audio be decoded by my phone's DAC or the A1?
  2. ClieOS Contributor
    FiiO A1 is just an amp. There is no DAC inside.
  3. Stefanmz7
    Ok thanks! So I need the K1 if I want both in an affordable package.
  4. ClieOS Contributor
    K1 is not designed with smartphone in mind and can draw too much power when used.
  5. Stefanmz7
    Doesn't it have an external power supply? If not what affordable DAC preferably under 100 bucks would you recommend for a smartphone? And also are there physical stores that sell DACs? I mean can I go somewhere and try a DAC before I buy it? Since I don't want to spend money buying online to find out the improvement is not worth it.
  6. ClieOS Contributor
    Sure there are retail stores that sell DAC, but I am not from Bulgaria to know any of such place that near your location.

    ...and no, K1 doesn't have an internal battery nor has any external power supply. It is meant to be powered by USB but it draws too much power from smartphone and some smartphone don't have enough power to do the job.

    There are however other small DAC that is meant to be used with smartphone, but I don't have any experience with them.
  7. Stefanmz7
    Ok at least now I know that DACs are being sold in retail stores. I will try to find some local ones.

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