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Audioengine D3 Portable DAC/Amp

Audioengine D3 Portable DAC/Amp

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Lightweight and easy to put in a bag (or simply right into your pocket)
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Good upgrade over laptop sound card. If you're a new audiophile and looking to upgrade the sound of your Hifiman HE4XX, the DAC is the place to start. At this price point it's just ok but there are upgrades within reach. Desktop Portable DACs sticks like this have an inherent hum from using the noisy laptop USB power supply. DAC setups from AliExpress have much better sound since have their own power supply. I'm not a fan of plugging this to a USB dongle on my phone, so I ended up buying the LG V30
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Haha I ended up getting an iSilencer to plug into the Audioengine D3 too. I'm really impressed with the LG so far, it is finicky with planar headphones though.
WHO23
I have the LG G7 SynQ and no problems with Hifiman HE400s. Only planars I own. Because of size I mostly use GRADO SR225e with the phone. The 400s go with the Macbook. It also works well with my Focal Elears but those live by my stereo.
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Perfect for laptop use.
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For someone who is very new to audio, I can instantly tell the difference in quality just by using this. I bought it for the portability and take it to and from work. It makes my simple ear buds sound significantly better, is a workaround for my work computers busted audio card, requires no installation, and makes my already great sennheisers sound even better. It does get a tiny bit warm but nothing alarming.
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great for the price. super improvement over laptop sound to small/medium speakers. Portability a plus. Downside is that there are better units out there at twice the price.
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I used a Sound Blaster E5. Died after about a year. Customer service was terrible. They suggested I replace the unit and gave me a discount for $99, which you can get the same price for a new one... So what are some other options. I have Audioengine speakers and they are great.
mkilci
Schitt Modi DAC. about $100 much better than the audioengine but isn't a dongle: small desktop footprint.
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This has been a massive improvement over my work laptop's audio. The driver-less installation was completely painless (on Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit) and it appeared as a new audio device which I set to default. I am very happy with the fidelity I get - it really rivals the soundcard in my home desktop machine and makes listening to any type of music much better.
If I had a niggle, it would be that it seems to get hot. At first I thought that was because I had it near the exhaust for the laptop, but even switching it to the other side did not seem to make a difference. The case is aluminum, so it is physically hot when I disconnect it at the end of the day... not sure if that will affect its longevity. But at this price?
If you are on the fence, get off and get in the game - this is an excellent purchase in my opinion.
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I am happy.
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A nice improvement on the poor native sound in my Chromebook. Comparable to my (bigger & bulkier) Fii0 Alpen. Happy to have it.
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Very nice DAC for the price point. I use it to drive some Sony MDR-7506s on my work laptop (so no drivers needed was a selling point) and the sound is a major improvement, better bass and clearer mids from the onboard sound card. Don't know if it has the goods for really high end headphones, but definitely some nice bang for the buck.
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Hi, this has greatly improved the sound from my laptop and NUC. It does get quite warm so if not using it I tend to unplug it. great value
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I was surprised to read a bad review in what hifi magazine but the reviewer must have a poor sound system because to my ears and my father who is also an audiophile this has a much more refined sound than the audioquest dragonfly, I can hear so much detail and the vocal midrange is way better as well as the sound stage. The only thing I can critisize is that it heats up quite a bit.
whizzles74
What headphones do you use?
Grimur
I use a variety of different headphones but they all sound better plugged into the Audioengine D3. The ones I use most are Blue Lola, AKG NC60, Atomic Floyd in-ear headphones and Monster DNA.
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Disappointed, Very audible hum when trying to use this with my IMAC. If anyone has any advice on how to effectively use it with an IMAC, please share.
skaufm8190
Hi, an Audioquest Jitterbug or similar noise filter might take away the humming sound. It's usually caused by the source that the Audioengine D3 is plugged into, not the DAC itself. I get similar issues with other USB stick based DACs.
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The Audioengine D3 Portable DAC/Amp is a great upgrade for any laptop platform, or for those who find their integrated desktop solution lacking. The construction is solid and built for quality, and it really is as easy as plug and play. I primary use this for my laptop with both earbuds, for portability, and with my pair of AKG K612 Pro headphones, which I use for actual music-listening sessions. This little device does a great job at eliminating that annoying noise floor (the hum or buzz you may hear with a low-quality pre-amp) and delivered a solid, neutral listening experience that can drive higher-end headphones. If you're serious about the quality of your listening experience, this is a product to seriously consider.
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