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What is a DAC and why do I need it?

, by Haim Deutsch, 3 min reading time

Therefore, whether it be a portable headphone amp and DAC set-up or a standalone DAC, we advise upgrading any listening setup with an external DAC. Your ears will appreciate it either way!

Why Does Everyone Need A DAC?

The sound and overall listening experience will be greatly enhanced by choosing a high-quality external DAC, much like how you would choose a premium set of
bookshelf speakers for your two-channel system.

Using a suitable DAC should come naturally to us as music lovers.
It's like having an out-of-body experience when using a high-quality converter.
You won't be able to listen to recorded music the same way again after experiencing what it can sound like when played through high-quality components.

How a DAC Can Enhance Your Sound

You'll notice a difference as soon as you switch from using your device's internal DAC to an external one. You'll hear a significant improvement in your sound as soon as you connect a high- quality DAC to your system.

The most well-known use of DACs is to add depth and clarity to the music.
You can enjoy the beauty of clear audio and turn your favourite songs into works of art by including a DAC in your listening setup.

One of the major enhancements a DAC will make may not be immediately apparent, despite the fact that it will improve the sound of your music.
Your listening setup's overall soundstage will be enhanced, and a wider, deeper
listening scape will be created, thanks to a high-quality DAC.

In turn, this will enhance the soundstage's natural separation of elements and enable you to hear finer musical details in vocals and instruments.​

Using a high-quality external DAC will give your favourite live recordings, classical music, or tracks with intricate musical layers life, unlike anything you could imagine from a built-in converter if you're a fan of these genres.

This is why, regardless of the types of music you listen to, we always advise
purchasing a high-quality DAC to enhance the sound on your headphones or

A Perfect DAC to Choose

The availability of such a wide range of external DACs makes pairing a tonne of fun. You will have a wide range of options to choose from, ranging from entry-level to high-end, regardless of your level of experience. There are many different types of high-quality, reasonably priced DACs available.

Standalone DACs:

Typically, you add this kind of digital-to-analogue converter to your existing signal chain in the form of a square box with inputs and outputs.

Portable DACs:

With smartphones, tablets, laptops, and any other portable listening device, this kind of DAC is intended for use. You can use a portable DAC as a bridge between your smartphone and headphones because they almost always have built-in headphone amplifiers.

Combinations of DAC/Headphone Amplifier:

The majority of the time, this pairing is utilised in home listening areas or on desktop computers. A transition from your digital input device to your analogue output, such as a set of bookshelf speakers or a set of headphones, is made possible by this kind of DAC.

The simplest way to enhance the sound of your speakers or headphones is to add a DAC to your listening setup. To get the most out of our products, we suggest using a good DAC!

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