Excellent DAC Less good as headphone amplifier
Headphones Sennhesier HD 600 headphones or exceeding 100-150 ohms will not run well alone in this DAC. the base will not be there and the sound reminds a bit like listening from an old gramophone from the 1940s. then I recommend buying a hörlursamp or obtain a stereo amplifier that plugs into the DAC and listening through it instead, it will change a lot!
But sooner except that it is really good quality and delivers great sound!
Can not compare very
Using it as a headphone amp and it did a great job. I will, however, replace it with a new one because my current starts to beep when it gets hot. Very annoying when sitting near it, close as the same room.
Update: I got a new one and after running the new a couple of weeks so I can say that it does not beep when it gets hot. Now I am completely satisfied with this product.
Update 2: The new I had also begun to sound like when it gets hot, no high-pitched beeping, this time without a sound reminiscent of the sound a drive creates.
Update 3: The third and last I got in return have been a couple of months and have no noise of its own.
Have had it for almost a year, and can only say that I am really satisfied.
As the first DAC, I wanted something versatile, and built-in headphone amplifier and both XLR and RCA out, I could not refuse. They run my Sennheiser HD650 with no problems, and I actually think that they are almost a perfect combo - the DAC airy sound, all that I have never experienced the problems that sometimes argued with headphones ("okay" soundstage, veiled sound). As Speaker, I have the active Argon 7350A v2 via RCA, and there was a distinct improvement over 3.5mm in! Airiness, as I said, but there was also a clear addition of base. Base that should be there, therefore, but previously lost.
Using USB has not been completely painless, because latency, ie small interruptions in playback. Do not think there is any problem for Mac / Linux, but for us that is running Windows ASIO may be necessary if you are going to use USB. It's a bit of a pain if you often want to switch between the music player and example the browser (which does not support ASIO), because it will not get any sound on eg YouTube. Then you close the music player, reload your browser
ev. restart it completely, which is a pain.
I have received latency problems in two windows computers, including a high-performance, and I think it is very much about how fast USB bus is and / or how many devices are ikopplade. As you drive combination Windows / usb should think about this! When I play music with high bit rate (24/48 in foobar2000) and uses a different ASIO applications (FL Studio) also slowed the music down, then slow-motion-like! Lonely is no problem, but for those who want ASIO from multiple sources at the same time, this DAC just forget. Standard CD-quality works, however, if you are satisfied with it (which I usually do, but worth mentioning).
Update: The lights that indicate which setting is selected has started to die ... Not a big problem since I rarely moves the controls, but worth knowing.
After the acquisition of a to the DAC, it significantly cheaper Focusrite 2i2 (for inputs sake), I now have a for proper DAC / amplifier to compare with!
I have the most compared to my HD650, perhaps a bit with a few less expensive Denon, do not remember ... Anyway, the difference between the two cards is huge! It's sick a lot more bass with Focusrite, but it may very well have to do with the headphones, which probably some think may be a bit bass-heavy. They still sounds superb, with plenty of detail, but hardly something I would dare to mix with ... a bit ironic that hi-fi DAC provides a more neutral sound than studio-DAC!
As I said because it's probably much on headphones, and those who argue that the DacMagic Plus allows thin or cold may therefore have a point. With some tricks / speaker. Has something about it warmer direction can, however, be exactly what you are looking for!
Another notable feature is that the Focus Rite shit easy driving headphones, which is 300 ohms, while you get to spin a little more on the wheel of the DacMagic. But they can still push them over the listening level, but resources are finite visibly, which could be worth thinking about.