Digital to Audio converter is more accurate in this case. Since converts the digital file into Audio. As humans, we perceive the world in analog. Everything we see and hear is a continuous transmission of information to our senses. This continuous stream is what defines analog data. Digital information, on the other hand, estimates analog data using only ones and zeros. And since he is talking about audio this term is more accurate in this case.
How are you going to mention DACs but not amps? Amps make a MUCH bigger difference than DACs do in my opinion. With hi-fidelity headphones, a tube amp compared to a solid state can make a huge difference in sound. Even comparing solid states against solid states, the pure separation some higher end amps are able to deliver (especially though a balanced cable) is astonishing.
The best audio quality set up MUST start with a discrete analog pre-amp/amplifier, or you can hardly call it good, let alone best. For instance a higher end used (legacy) receiver will sound much better with DTS than true HD on a new cheap mass market receiver (even $2000 is too cheap for manufacturers to afford a real amp section with all the other gadgets they must add today). More is not better when it comes to sound quality and all added "digital" components only degrade the sound (our speakers, ears, amplifiers, reality.... are all analog, so the only advantage of digital when it comes to audio is in storage of media. The sooner the media is converted (and the better quality of conversion) to analog the better. You mentioned the importance of a higher quality DAC, but even the best DAC won't do much to improve a crappy amp (all mass market, currant limited receivers today). Obviously everyone has a budget and can't afford a $3000-$5000 dollar receiver, but used high end legacy (no HDMI) receivers are as cheap as the lowest priced HDMI receivers now. For the massive improvement in sound quality, it is hardly an inconvenience to have to switch two sources (TV and receiver), rather than just one (receiver). It is best to run the HDMI video signal directly to your TV anyhow, to avoid any degradation in signal.
i'm having trouble with static noise while listening to music through my new headphones.
i never had this problem with my previous headset, but it was usb connected while this one is mini jack.
would getting an external DAC solve this static issue?
looking to get an external amp along with the d1 dac/amp ive had for a little while to get more power into my headphones. Ive got a pair of senns and a pair of beyerdynamics. Opinions on whether or not its necessary and if so, what amp to look at
Hello,I have an ASUS XONAR DX sound cart and I use 2 ways for listening .The first one is using the SPDFI port for my amplifier (optical connection ) and the second one is a coaxial connection (not using the soundcard in this way) . I notice, that the sound quality with the soundcard (optical connection) is by far better..Really fantastic quality...BUT.. When I listen from Spotify Premium (better sound quality..they say) in some classical songs (with piano) I hear a tricky sound like deformations.When I turn it to coaxial connection the deformations disappear. I hope to understand my problem..Why this happens ??
Well let me ask you this I have a home theater system a Samsung it's got HDMI ports and Optical ports now let's just say for playing video games for the Xbox One X PlayStation 4 Pro what is the better sound HDMI or Optical?? Thanks
With Headphones like the Sennheiser HD 800S, i was wondering if i should get a DAC like the Hugo 2 or TT, or an amp or both? Im not sure of what i actually need to get the best sound possible out of my headphones. If you could clarify this i would be grateful. Thanks.
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