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Audioengine D3 Portable DAC/Amp

Audioengine D3 Portable DAC/Amp

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I've got a question, would this enable me to say plug in an Amazon Echo Dot via 3.5mm and hear it's output through my desktop? (By going into the sounds menu and clicking Listen To This Device of course)
Got this and the Beyerdynamic DT990 250 ohm drop, hoping they'll work work well together in my PC, also hoping it'll give my AudioTechnica ATH-M50x's a boost
I still recommend the dragonfly red for a phone amp with an otg cable. This one I'd keep with a laptop or desktop, it needs more juice from a USB port than a phone port can give.
I'd recommend this over the dragonfly red for laptop purposes though.
Brosefstalin42
What about against the dragonfly black?
Hanisco
I'd say this is better even in OTG situations.
Hey guys I need some ideas and help. I bought the D3 for mobile use and it has a lot of punch/ power on my laptop. But when I run it off of my Moto z play Gen 1 with an OTG cable I the D3 can not push my HD 58x adequately. Its just too quiet to jam to. How do I get more power to this amp? Do I need an app? Root my phone? I am really confused. Any help would be great!
Thanks guys
6foutz4
You would likely need to buy either a separate dac/amp that is designed to be used on the go that has a battery built into it. Or do the same with an amp. The cheapest option would be to use the headphone jack built into the phone or buy something like one of google's, essential's, or motorola's usb c to 3.5mm adapters as they are surprisingly not terrible and have plenty of power to power the 58x. I use the essential ph1's adapter for my laptop and it definitely sounds decent just a tad bright. Google's I know for sure sounds pretty neutral.
6foutz4
You just need to turn it up! This thing has a surprising amount of power, but on android there is no built-in way to turn it up... When you plug it in, the internal volume starts about halfway! The ideal setting is 92%, as above that it clips/distorts (it is very subtle, and it does get louder at 100%, so I'm glad to have the option for some use cases).
I asked audioengine about this and they couldn't do anything for me - but I did send them this workaround in hopes they'd post something like it on a FAQ or something. It's the best workaround I've found so far:
1) plug in the D3 (light comes on) 2) open the app 'usb audio player pro' (the free trial version works fine!) 3) use the volume setting in the APP to access and raise the HARDWARE USB volume to max in the app (or lower if you prefer the safety, or 92% or less to prevent clipping) 4) once set, you can quit 'usb audio player pro' and enjoy your new volume setting everywhere in android! software volume buttons can now be used to lower (but not raise) the overall sound level.
(in other words, once you set the D3's hardware level to max, the android volume controls work perfectly, modulating it down with software, so you only have to do this once per insertion)
Hope this helps. Honestly, because of this issue, I wouldn't buy these for android, I'd buy something with physical volume buttons on it... But for other uses (windows, mac, iOS, etc) I do think the D3 is an amazing value and it does sound great once 'turnt up'!
Is this better than Fiio E 10k or schiit fulla?
Out if curiosity, how does this compare to the Dragonfly Black?
Why is $179 shown? Their website shows $99.
This is ridiculously cheap - it's a great DAC. i have used mine for several years plugged into my laptop to drive my Sennheiser HD 700s .
could these drive the HD6xx?
HuaL
It says on the AudioEngine website that is can drive headphones of impedance between 12 ohms to 10 kohms. The HD6XX are 300 ohms, so you should be fine (I was able to use the D1 which has the same impedance rate with a 600 ohm headphones).
talkaplan4474
Thanks!
can yo use this with you phone?
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eirikharibo
This will work with android as long as your phone can output through USB.
eirikharibo
yes, absolutely, if you have an OTG cable and support in your android for USB audio. One issue on android (iOS is fine!) is you have to get the hardware volume turned up somehow, and I can only do it by using the app 'usb audio player pro' just to turn it up (the free trial version works fine). For android I do recommend something else, maybe with physical volume buttons on it... I posted a longer description on a previous post here.
Isn't this dac chip old, and no longer manufactured. Sounds like NOS clearance sale.
Rensek
so what if it's 'old'? it still sounds great and it'll last a long, long time.
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!
Saeulf
I just picked this up refurbished last week. Been using it with my K702s. I think it's pretty great.
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.
Vjekan
Sorry for my bad English. I'm owning a MSR7 about a year ago. After experience with my RSA amp, this can's are absolutely sweet sounding for pairing with Sony z3 with root and custom rom. Since Z3 have a dual DAC in the board, have to be root to get the high power output to push the volume at the right place. Trust me, Z3 are worth with MSR7 and M40X. But.. I will stick with M40X rather than MSR7. You have to try it
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.
Just received mine today, the sound is great however there is a distinct crackling noise, although faint it's quite distracting without anything playing. Is this normal? Thanks.
Surefire
Is it connected to a phone by any chance? I saw a review where he had the same problem. If yes it's a phone then connect the d3, bring down the notification and change the 'usb setting' to midi ( I believe that's what it's called) and click always.
I received my Audioengine D3 today. I bought the refurb model for $49.00 including free shipping. 3 year warranty. I ordered it Monday and it arrived today. Sounds amazing!! Listening to the Doors La Woman @ 96000Hz. If anyone is interested in buying a MINT Dragonfly Red including the Dragon Tail let me know.
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Yeah it sold in about 20 minutes on Ebay. Thanks for the interest!!
Bob3600
Ill take
Does anybody know if this DAC/amp works with the Nintendo Switch?
Is this a good option for the HD6XX? Can be used only as DAC if I'd want to upgrade the amp in the future?
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What device did you drive it with? I ran into issues on android where it only gets to 50% if you don't turn the hardware volume up manually with an app like 'usb audio player pro' (the free trial version works fine). If you tried it on a computer or iPad/iPhone then you got the full power.
trapnine
Used it straight to my phone. Lg G6. Worked fine for me.
Can it be used with a smartphone through an adapter?
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kawmic
It works with my Galaxy S7 using a USB OTG cable.
kawmic
Phones and computers yes. Used it with my LG G6. If u have Android u need an otg cable.
I'm looking for a DAC/Amp for my girlfriend to use at work with the Meze 11 Neo's I got her. It has to be plug and play without drivers because she doesn't want to download things at work. It also needs to have a sensitive enough volume to play quietly because that's how she listen's. I've been looking at the Fiio e10k but I think she would rather have something simpler like this, a Dragonfly, or something from HiFimeDIY. Would anybody recommend this or something else?
TWilly
Definitely get AE D3 over Dragonfly Black. I had both and returned Dragonfly Black as it has ground noise on various IEM. It is also measurably inferior to D3 as well.
Reheapification
Thanks.
Headfonics review of the D3 from 2015:
https://headfonics.com/2015/02/the-d3-by-audioengine/
Marcus22687
I totally agree with the observations of this review. I've owned a D3 for several years now and consider it my every day carry for travel. When you consider the form factor, this DAC performs surprisingly well. It is easy to listen to, no obvious performance issues, and not at all fatiguing in my opinion. At $70, this is a good buy for a stick DAC to add to your travel kit.
How does the stats compare to the Dragonfly Red as far as performance is concerned? I have the Red but forget the stats. If the D3 compares well I can sell the Red and be ahead some cash:) I just picked up the ZuperDAC-S and still checking it out.
Any good dac for this prices range for speaker? i had an Amp just need a good dac.