Audioengine D3 -DAC £49.90 after 50% off @ peter tyson
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Audioengine D3 -DAC £49.90 after 50% off @ peter tyson

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Found 22nd Dec 2015
This is one of a premium DAC available for almost half price @ petertyson, when compare to amazon and other online sites.

Features
Portable USB audio converter for Mac or PC

Stream bit-perfect native 24/96 HD audio

High-performance headphone amp included

Plug-and-play, no drivers or software to install

Connect headphones or any music system

Easily drives low impedance headphones

Computer OS volume control

Asynchronous data transfer with dual master clocks

HD indicator for sample rates above 48K

Metal injection molded (MIM) aluminum case.
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Please put the price and retailer in the title.
miffyl

Please put the price and retailer in the title.


Done, added retailer name, I thought price was there from the beginning oO
sja321

Done, added retailer name, I thought price was there from the beginning oO


Ta. The price doesn't show on all mobile devices so it's helpful to state it.
Nice.
Would this be any good to replace my usb Asus xonar u3? Or its not good paired with speakers
If you're thinking of using this as a headphone amp I wouldn't bother.
No external power source = no good.
Nice price reduction but this is just a generic USB souncard. You can get one for less.
I hate these things, such a con. Spend the money on better headphones/speakers instead.
EngineerD

I hate these things, such a con. Spend the money on better … I hate these things, such a con. Spend the money on better headphones/speakers instead.


Really? You don't rate external DACs at all? Or just this one
Obstinate_Person

Really? You don't rate external DACs at all? Or just this one



I just don't think there is anything wrong with onboard DACs on most devices, there is so much dishonesty in the audio and video world (What HiFis HDMI cable reviews for example) and in my opinion, USB DACs are an example of this. I have sort of been conned recently by buying a £50 Soundblaster Z for my PC, I cannot tell a difference outside of the improved equaliser settings.

Surely the £50 is better spent on amp/speakers/headphones?
basergorkobal

No external power source = no good.



These little sticks may struggle (this one recommends 10-12Ω headphones), however for the price I still rate the Fiio E10 very highly and that is USB powered. Recently replaced it with an iFi Audio iDAC2 and it's phenomenal!





MBeeching

These little sticks may struggle (this one recommends 10-12Ω headphones), … These little sticks may struggle (this one recommends 10-12Ω headphones), however for the price I still rate the Fiio E10 very highly and that is USB powered. Recently replaced it with an iFi Audio iDAC2 and it's phenomenal!



Yep. My FIIO E18 can drive full size high inpedance cans very loudly.
The device's output impedance is 10 ohms according to spec so technically should work best with 80+ohm headphones (but may be quite satisfactory with very low impedance buds).
I've seen one reviewer suggest it works OK with (pretty insensitive) AKG K701 and another say nay (praising performance boost with Geek Out 1000). My reading into that is that very few folks (maybe those with more money than sense) are likely to get caught out by this being underpowered.

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