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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. artpiggo
    DC01 + UAPP hires setting, I found no noise for me.
  2. Evoke
    Awaiting my HD660S balance cables and Dc01 from Taobao
  3. Sotiris
    i sell me Sonata HD and VE odyssey for 20 euros. I am on Audioquest Dragonfly Red now ...
  4. artpiggo

    PlantsmanTX, NotKunvinced and Evoke like this.
  5. Mlaihk
    is it available now?
  6. TooPoorForHiFi

    What even is it? Spec? Price? Whats Different to DC01?
  7. Devodonaldson
    DC01 is 2.5mm balanced, while DC02 is 3.5mm single ended
    halcyon and TooPoorForHiFi like this.
  8. Chessblitzer2017
    When will that 3.5 02 be for sale
  9. NotKunvinced

    Holy ***! You guys really rate this as better than the Fiio M11? If so you might just have saved me a fortune......
  10. newtophones07
    Nice write up and comparison. Just to add more input for others searching. I have the DC01 and when using my Oneplus 7 (and my desktop through type c), direct off the 2.5mm output, I don't have any noise at all. On my end the DC01 is dead silent.

    I would like to note that I use Neutron (vs UAPP), as the stock gain control (and USB device control), worked better in Neutron (this may be smartphone specific). I prefer the user interface in UAPP though. If you have any noise, I think that may be due to your phone, as on the play store app info, there is a warning that the DC01 has issues with Samsung phones.

    One other little quirk, is that the Ibasso DC01 app requests access as a USB Audio device. This will cause an issue with both UAPP and Neutron, which will seek to have control over the USB AUDIO device, when using either app for music playback. To properly use the Ibasso DC01 app, for direct sound control in the background, it has to be the only USB AUDIO access APP running. So if you want to use TIdal, or podcast or video, you have to kill Neutron or UAPP in app info, then use the Ibasso App as the volume control (remembering to set the device volume to max).

    Its an odd workaround, but it does improve the volume step control and appears to direct sound through the DC01, vs through the android dac first. This of course means that you can't use the Ibasso APP with UAPP or Neutron. Or at least I have not figured it out yet. Maybe @Paul - iBasso can chime in.

    I prefer this device to the spectra X or the dragonfly red. I wish it had MQA, but that's another argument.
  11. artpiggo
    When usb dac attaches to phone, you can select which app you wanna access dac. If you use neutron or UAPP, you can skip permission to dac access.

    You might use UAC app when other streaming apps. When you wanna switch, please detach the dac and connect again.
  12. newtophones07

    Yep, that's exactly how it works.
  13. The Socialist Nerd
    Today I received 3 of the Hidizs Sonata HD and right now I'm testing with my Motorola G7 Power phone and damnnnnnnnnnn... it's more portable than the Audioquest solution and sounds just banging! Word.

    I think that I will get more of these...

    Going to test with my iSine LX's as well as both HIFIMAN headphones which I own/renting.
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2019
  14. udesign48
    I really like the idea of iBasso DC01... and it comes with 2.5mm balanced!

    I wonder why they don't implement 4.4mm balanced or dual 3.5mm balanced to this kind of mini DAC?

    Do you guys know anything about iBasso DC02? I can't find its info on their website.
  15. udesign48
    I give you guys a little hint here...

    Check this LG G5 Hifi Plus USB DAC module.. it works on any smartphone and Laptop.
    In my opinion LG Hifi Plus dac module is the best ever created.

    It sounds incredible with my IEMs......
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