Marantz HD-DAC1

Discussion in 'Computer Audio' started by audionewbi, Aug 10, 2014.
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  1. briant4pres
    hey guys, i installed the driver for windows however when I click on it to set it as default sound option in windows sound options there is no option, only "general" and "levels". The only way I can get sound to play is through the asio / wasapi driver in foobar, there is no option with the direct sound in windows
  2. jcn3
    Asio and wasapi bypass the Windows sound engine - you want to use one of those, NOT direct sound.
  3. Zowie1
    Hello, new user here! I’ve been thinking of upgrading my DAC/amp and saw this one on sale. However, I listen most of my my music with iTunes and most of the songs on my library are either 256 kb/s aac-files or 320 kb/s mp3-files. I read somewhere on this thread that this particular DAC/amp doesn’t support aac-files (or only through iPod connection). Could someone please confirm this? I’m currently using Sennheiser HD650 with SMSL M6 DAC/amp.
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2017
  4. sparkofinsanity
    AAC works just fine. It can handle everything up to 192 kHz / 24bits high-resolution audio but also the DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz.
  5. roghelt
    The DAC1 plays every type of file you can throw at it, including all Apple codecs. In addition to using it with a FiiO X5 loaded with hi-res flac as well as DSD dsf files, I also connect my iPods directly to it. My HD-800s & AKG-812 cans sound superb! Even at twice the price, the Marantz is a gargain!
  6. Zowie1
    Thanks for your answers!
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2017
  7. Zowie1
    Currently using this amp/dac with Sennheiser HD 650. I'm really happy with it but still wondering if using balanced cable would make any difference, even though it's not an balanced amp...
  8. makne
    No point in using a balanced cable in an unbalanced headphone output
  9. Zowie1
    Yeah, that's what I thought. Thanks!
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2017
  10. Sponken
    Hi, i have a problem getting sound from my marantz to my onkyo tx-nr3010 receiver,(it is no sound att all) aim usin foobar whit wasapi ,Ihave tried whit the variabled rca , i cut it short becouse my enlish is not god.
  11. pbarach
    Try the FIXED RCA connection, because you are using the Onkyo as a preamp. See p. 16 in the Marantz manual.

    If you still have trouble, turn off WASAPI. Maybe your computer doesn't work with WASAPI.
  12. Sponken
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2017
  13. Thujan Krishnakumar
    is there actually a noticeable difference with sound quality? When compared to a midrange amp/dac combo?
  14. roghelt
    That's such an unreasonably open question, there's no definitive answer I can think of other than telling you to try one out and/or reading other users' comments and reviews.
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  15. pbarach
    On CDs, CD-quality digital files, and 24/96 digital files played from a USB drive into an Oppo player that is connected to the Marantz with digital coax, I find more "airiness" among the music than I get with my Denon x4000 receiver. It's not a HUGE difference. I don't have a Windows 10 laptop, so I haven't tried playing digital files from a laptop into the Marantz's back-panel USB port.
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