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Audioengine D3 Portable DAC/Amp

Audioengine D3 Portable DAC/Amp

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Isn't this dac chip old, and no longer manufactured. Sounds like NOS clearance sale.
this vs Schiit Fulla 2 or the monoprice USB Dac
Ilikedifferentthings
Looking at the same. Currently leaning towards the Fulla because of the volume control.
I recently acquired this and like it a lot. One tip I have is to check the Audioengine website for refurbished ones. I got mine for $45 shipped. Drives my HE-4XX headphones really well. It gets VERY loud.
Saeulf
I bought a refurb as well based on your post. It's a nice dac and works great. As you say, it has plenty of power (it gets warm with use as well.) I did use it with an OTG cable to my phone but beware, it sucks a lot of power!
Hi everyone! I own Audio Technica MSR7 headphones and use them on my PC (Dell XPS 15 9560). From time to time I'm experiencing a short and loud spike in volume when continuing an audio or video playback and some loud popping noises. Will this dac/amp or any other dac/amp fix this issue?
What is a good budget dac/amp?
Vjekan
Try to control your volume in OS rather than specific apps, but otherwise yeah a DAC could definitely fix your problem. This is about as good value a DAC/amp as you can get for a laptop and has plenty of power for MSR7s. The next step up would be something more versatile like Schiit Fulla 2.
I just recently tried an Audioquest Dragonfly Red. I have to say wow! It's now my goto portable DAC. I compared the D3 to the DR and the D3 is brighter sounding, but the DR sounds better overall with great lows. The DR also has MQA support.

Audioquest finally fixed the Andriod low volume issue with firmware update 1.07.
I've only had this for a day and I'm already feeling dissatisfied, don't know if it's the device itself or what is going on. At the moment I'm having issues with it outputting extremely loud and static-y sound at the lowest volume level, nearly blew my ears out. And when it was working, I couldn't get it to work in exclusive mode with Tidal, there was no sound.
timeextended
Hmm, that doesn't seem right. Maybe you have a defective one? Mine works in exclusive mode with Tidal. Haven't tried lowest volume though.
Saeulf
I don’t think it’s right either. I contacted Audioengine support and they want me to ship it to them to see what’s wrong with it and get it fixed or replaced. Tried it on two computers and same result so it seems to have gone bad after one use.
Can I preview the manual?
This, the Fiio E10K or the DAC X6? I've joined the HD 58x drop and am looking for an amp/dac to power it. Neither form factor nor functions and extra connections are too important to me, I'm just after a good sound experience for around $100-110 NZD (~$70-80~ USD) including any shipping costs to New Zealand. I've heard that the D3 has a warm sound signature and have a smoothing effect on lower quality audio sources or harsh sounds (a bit like a tube??) which appeals to me. I've heard a lot of good things about the sound quality - yes they were relative to other small/portable dac/amps, but also written when this was well over $100 USD, but how does the sound quality compare to the larger offerings currently around the $70 USD price point?
skyrider
I bought e10k for my k7xx. Neither of them have arrived but I though that maybe something bigger than a thumb drive would be better. I am a complete newbie here so I am just trying stuff out but that was my thought process if it helps.
I recently got a Tidal Hi-Fi subscription, and my best headphones right now are my HD 579. All I have on my desktop is the onboard audio. Looks like this isn't a bad intro into DAC/Amps, but the portability isn't too important for me. Should I just go for a desktop DAC/Amp instead?
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The volume knob on the Fulla 2 is very smooth and responsive. You can get it to the exact volume you want easily.
Actually, the E10K volume knob is not stepped. It's a smooth trim pot (at least on the one I have).
I bought one direct from the manufacturer. The blue "hi-fi source" indicator came on regardless of the source. Sound quality was good, not great, but volume was quite low. Audioengine failed to give me a reasonable explanation other than to say they needed to be burned in. That didn't address 2 of the 3 issues mentioned above. Disappointing results and returned.
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I guess I missed that D: that's terrible! I might try it with some of my other headphones later to check if there is a problem or not. To probably see if it performs differently with different headphones. Who knows.
Robert115
Keep in mind that mine was a factory-direct refurbished product with the promise that any issues were resolved. Apparently they weren't, so I can no longer trust the company. If you're getting good volume with 300 ohm headphones, you should be good to go with anything even easier to drive.