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USB-C to 3.5mm adapters (DAC) - Let's find the best

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by halcyon, Jun 13, 2019.
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  1. Thesonofagun
    Ok, thanks for all your help! Do you know if the razer has call functionality as well? Heard that the hidizs uses quite much battery so interested in other options.
  2. Devodonaldson
    The dc01 being balanced would be first choice. I've read the dc02 is a significant step down, so maybe Hidizs s3 after dc01
  3. staticV3
    I would always recommend the Meizu Dac (non pro, $30) over any Hidizs. My sonata HD II sounds noticeably worse. Additionally, the sonata has been measured a lot worse that what it says on the product site.
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2019
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  4. staticV3
    If you want uncompromising sound quality that rivals or beats $500 Fiio Daps, get the 9038s or 9038d for $70.
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  5. noobandroid
    getting meizu can be rather confusing, they have a lot of similar name to the model
  6. staticV3
    Just search "Meizu HiFi" on AliExpress. There are three sellers selling the same model for ~$30. Easy enough, no?
  7. noobandroid
    too bad i dont use AE often
  8. staticV3
    It's an easy site to use. I believe you can do it!!
  9. noobandroid
    its not because of ease of use, its because there are a lot of doubtful items that are named similar to the OG, and even priced almost the same
  10. staticV3
    I have not once heard of or seen a fake Meizu USB C DAC. Meizu themselves are, too, not aware of any fakes. Otherwise they'd provide the buyer with a way to check the authenticity.
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2019
  11. Thesonofagun
    Does anyone know if the meizu dac would have call functionality? Does that only come down to if it's 24/48 or lower?
  12. staticV3
    It has call functionality. An inline remote + mic works perfectly fine.
  13. Thesonofagun
    Wonderful, thanks a lot!
  14. AdmiralTeddy
    I tested the DC02 yesterday & today, I used my old oneplus 5t as it has a 3.5mm jack so I could essentially get a more "apples to apples" comparison out of it.

    Setup was like this:
    I was connected to wifi and my bluetooth was on, but not connected to anything. I treated the phone as a media player, so I didn't use the screen at all, and I just let it run through the same playlist of songs for 5 hours*, with and without the dac, checking on it every hour. My phone was at ~50% volume (which is a little louder than I would listen to myself).
    * The playlist is 10 hours long, I ran it in the exact same order for both cases. It consists of a variety of songs, ranging from things with heavy bass, to classical, metal, etc, pretty much a good mix of everything really.
    No apps were updated, and nothing was downloaded in the background (music was stored locally too).

    - Running the dac at 63 volume (the max volume that I could put into it's android app), and leaving my phone at 50% volume, it used 9% battery per hour.
    - Running the audio through the 3.5mm jack on the phone, again at 50% volume, through the same playlist from the beginning (so it went through the same songs in the exact same order), it used about 3%.
    => Which means the dac added about 6% usage to my phone's normal usage.

    My phone's battery is a 3300mAh one, but I used a diagnosis app, and it has decayed to 2600, that means the 6% usage of the dac equates to ~160mAh usage per hour.

    So, I would say, if your player is 1000mAh rated, you should get about 5-7 hours of usage out of it.
    Again, it's apples to oranges, but it seems to me that dc01 uses less power than dc02.

    Hope this helps.
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  15. SupremusDoofus
    Anyone here bought a meizu dac from giztop? The non pro version only costs $25 over there but then again I dont know how legit giztop is...
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