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FX Audio DAC-X6

FX Audio DAC-X6

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I own this device. I actually like it very much with my AKG K712pro. More than SMSL sanscrit 6th with O2 amp and fiio Q1.
I read in a review if you switch the unit off it doesnt turn off the dac part. Is it true? Would love to use it with my active speakers and hd598. But dont want to amplify twice for my speakers...
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LeSheen
I leave it on 24/7 so I cannot answer that question. I do like the fact that the amp and the line out work simultaneously. So I can listen to the DAC/AMP part and the Adam Audio speakers the same time if I need to.
The FX6 does not require driver to be installed. As soon as you connect to your PC or laptop, it self installed in 1.2.3.4.5 steps. Check1,check2, check3....Et voila, you are good to go. I personally, don't like USB drive and to install the drivers is a pain in the butt except for the FX6. I am an old school guy, Optical and Coaxial digital are my friendly connections and no chance for the driver to be crashed. Beter yet, no electronic interference.
How's this on the HD598? Would it work with it well?
kozen_117
Should be no problem, it powers my HD650 easily even on low gain.
kozen_117
Exceptional with my Sennheiser Momentums, HD595 and HD6XX. Especially if you mod it to high output mode (high gain jumper - only required with 150ohm+) and you can upgrade the USB Circuit via 8pin Dip. (Just search for ‘FX-Audio X6 mod’ on google).
I literally just bought this for 80$
AjRigor
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What would be better to drive 300Ohm's Superluxes HMC-660, this or SMSL M3?
paryz17
I don't have neither of these but I wouldn't go with a usb DAC/Amp if I want to drive any headphone above 150Ohm with ease. SMSL M3 gets limited power by usb after all. I could be wrong about SMSL M3 but this is what I've experienced with usb DAC/Amps. I missed the Aune X1s drop and that is something worth investing my money on.
SalimAlSbhan
This is powered by 12v DC. IDK if the day is good or not, just pointing this out.
QUESTION: I understand from a few people here that the USB input isn't very good. How else would I be able to connect a MacBook Pro to this dac/amp? Thanks in advance :D
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salonluden
I have one of the later units that has a mod to the USB circuit on the PCB. No idea what the mod is but I only use the USB input and its fine. For this price its a great DAC and the amp while not being the best is powerful enough to drive 300 ohm headphones easily.
salonluden
Hello Salonluden, if your MacBook Pro is one whose headphone port also delivers an optical signal, please try connecting it to this DAC's optical in. The required cable is readily available: Amazon, Monoprice, etc. Thanks!
It would be nice to see a unit here (as in on Massdrop) with isolated USB (Keep out PC ground crud), USB asyncronous audio support, and re-clocking on the other digital inputs (to get rig of clock jitter) Of course this will cost more than $50
Personally I never got any pleasurable audio improvements using any low-end FX-Audio dacs/amps over my motherboard's stock soundcard. If you have an ALC800 series or better on your motherboard, refrain from dropping another $50.
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No problem. If you want something worth your money, I suggest an SNSL M6. It's not super expensive and makes an extremely noticeable difference. The company has run into some issues in the past and people aren't super fond of it, but their newer products are really worth a shot. I have what I mentioned above and it's comparable if not better to my Schiit Magni + Modi combo (and is less annoying to set up).
CptNoHands
Thanks, I'll take a look. I actually tried to buy the SMSL T1 tube headphone amp/DAC last week when I got an e-mail about it, but the drop had already ended.
Can you use this as an amp for a turntable?
phila58
No. You should look for phono preamps and integreated amplifiers.
phila58
no the volume only controls the headphone out.
amirm audiosciencereview and stalker29218 both have destroying review for this unit. hmm. Headphone out Frequency response rolls down after 10Khz, hence "dark" sound. Linear output is good. USB input is still garbage. Power supply does affect quality, including frequency response - get a better one if you still want this device. Mine died recently, so I can confidently say I'm not planning to buy another one.
At this price, a great start dac and amp combo. I use this on my main system and am very happy with the improvement over my on board sound card. As far as headphone amp, it sounds great but I am just a very part time headphone e person and mostly listen through speakers
For the price, I agree with Zeos that the DAC part of the FX Audio6 is very good. The bass is there but not overwhelming to keep the mid bass clean and punchy. Treble is airy but not harsh. I owned about 6 or more of these FX 6 for each of my amps I have over 10 different headphone amps . I don't use the amp section so I cannot comment on the handling load. I don't use USB ports just the optical input and I love it. My source is mainly the Ipod docking with the TEAC or the Tascam doc. Spotify prime is never sound so good with the FX 6 DAC. It cannot be this good for under $70.00 on Amazon.
Wanted to summarize my findings on this unit which I own for a year or so. USB input is no good. Use it as a last resort - if you don't have optical or coax. No drivers needed. Supplied Power supply is not good (12V 1A) - too weak. Buy 12V 6A for ~10. Headphone amp is very strong - I could not find headphones it wouldn't drive. I drive AKG K7xx on 10 o'clock. at 12 - it will be painful. It will drive HD6xx easily. RCA output cannot be muted. Optical input would not decode any surround sound (5.1 etc) - only stereo. Sux when trying to watch over the air TV. You will need proper AV receiver for that.
bravomail
and the unit I own is dead. Not fully. Just lost some of its output - sounds muffled... hmm... got Smsl Idea/Sabaj Da2 on a whim... It is unbelievable how much progress was made in such a short time!
bravomail
Will 3A be enough?
I was wondering if the FX Audio DAC X6 would we able to power Beyerdynamic dt 990 pro's
Mystagu
yes
bravomail
Yes, switch it to high gain mode via jumper inside. Just google for instructions.
I already own this, I just wanted to know if anyone else does that can compare it to something they consider "better".
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I use AKG K7xx, AudioTechnica m40x, AKG K550mkII (K553) and many others. I cannot explain why it is better. Hifime just sounds so fluid and enjoyable.
NewType88
There are a lot better out there if you want spend more money. I am very please with the El Dac and El amp combo from JDS Labs. Of course, like many other I have to throw in the Magni2/ Modi stack and also the Topping D30 and A30 stack but the cost will set you back double the price or more.
Not a bad starter DAC, lot's of power in high mode and sounds nicer with a NE5332 opamp.
Pins on the inside for position for more power, T50RP likey!
search
I'm looking for a DAC/headphone amp that will allow me to switch between my speakers and headphones. Anyone know what happens to the RCA output when you plug a pair of headphones in? I'm hoping the RCA mutes with headphones in but I can't find an answer to this anywhere.
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Nothing fancy, I've got a pair of AKG K240 that I'd like to have an accessible port with volume control for quick private listening. My main speakers are Audioengine A2+ with a subwoofer. It's a bit of a shame that the quality isn't great on the headphone side, but if it's comparable with others in the price range I'm probably good since I'm not looking to spend much more than this.
stapleton87
I found the Fostex HP-A3 ($190)... and would highly recommend it over the Micca Origen G2. Like the Micca, the Fostex has an optical-in and optical-out and a button to select RCA (line out) or headphone-out. Advantages: more power, better overall sound, made in Japan... and would be shipped from Japan from this vendor: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Fostex-HP-A3-32bit-DAC-Headphone-Amplifie-Amp-japan-new/183118846083 It is a bit more expensive, but it would be worth it when you (inevitably) upgrade your headphones and speakers. All the best!
Why would anyone order it here, when you can for same or even less money get it on aliexpress?
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hand fanning my face, tear in my eye, why am I emotional???? - breath, phhhh...
J_December_why
J_D_w..... Thanks for the smile. You made my day!
Good combo, but I think everyone is just going to pay $5 more on Amazon to have it in 2 days rather than a month.
Which is better for a DT 990 600. This or the O2 + ODAC? Someone with experience
Joasjoas
This is more powerful than the 02
dncnexus
Are you serious???? Is this really better than o2 ? I mean O2 odac combo? I am going to buy it for my hd6xx
Hi everyone, I need a help ! As soon as I plugged my headphone to the x6, the sound was amazing. But in time, I realized my ear wants something and missing from my old setup, and I plugged my headphones (ath AD900x) to my Gigabyte K1 motherboards soundcard back again to detect what is missing from my old setup.
With x6, soundstage significantly narrowed down, although the sound is beafy, in some tracks and movies the lower-back ground-environmental sounds, that needed treble to come up, are subdued. It is bothering me. Is it my unit (maybe defective) or is it the normal sound character of x6 ?
EDM, Hip-hop tracks are way better than my on-board audio (Realtek alc1150 gigabyte k3 z170) . The sound is more like melow, lush, vinly-like, warm, thick and not harsh, more bassy also. The brightnes, edgy sound of my alc 1150 is completely gone. I mean I like it, but the texture of sound, the details are gone. So, what I'm hearing is right ? or my unit is defective.
It is so strange, for example; a man talking=loud, thick, bassy ---- a gun blasting=nothing . Channels may be defective ? It's kind of wrong. some frequencies sound way louder than others. In fact low ends and lower mids are way dominant than upper mids and trebles.
By the way the diffrences are day and night. I'm not talking about small characteristics. My other amp/dacs weren't that diffrent than each other including my on-board audio. (e10k, k3, smsl) . I'm confused.
What are your experiences in this aspect ?
Fresh
I have pretty good MB sound (8 channel). I can tell that FX6 sound is much cleaner and lows are deeper. I sometimes cannot use FX6 as it is taken audio center duties for movies/tv/etc. So I plug K7xx directly to PC. Mneehh. FX6 is better any time.
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Thanks again for joining this drop! We have submitted the group's order with the vendor for the FX Audio DAC-X6 and they are working hard to prepare it for shipment.
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what the best for Sennheiser HD 6XX ( SMSL M6 or FX DAC-X6 )
arrowxkiller
try this. It is pretty good if you use optical or coaxial. USB input is just so-so.
Hd6xx?
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if i got ego-testical, i might need to see a doctor..
AdrianL
I don't know you, but I think I love you(r humor).
guys ..
can i use this dac for my ps4 using an optical cable ?
THX
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haha feels old.. it's a 2years post, now i have a High end DAC, but thanks man.
Mo7mmad90
Is it work with ps4?
is this a good choice for the HiFiman HE 350's??
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trelousis
somebody help
If 100% volume is low, then I guess you need an amp.
The massdrop price is pretty expensive compared to aliexpress prices today, though.
Hey folks! I have the HD598 which I am currently using with the Creative CA20k-based XFi soundcard built into my motherboard. The headphones sounds great but I am wondering if I can extract better performance and clarity out of them with a DAC.
Will the FX Audio be an improvement over the Creative? I hope someone can help me out here. Thanks!
Mufaaf
Nope, I also have the HD 598 which are easy to drive and dont need to amp. If you get something like HD6XX then you can better sound with an amp.
its cheaper on AliExpress $57 sale starts in 3 days. 57 bucks free shipping, says 75 right now but next to the 75 it shows sale is starting in 3 days for it. Almost $13 cheaper than Massdrop, lulz... https://www.aliexpress.com/item/feixiang-DAC-2015-X6-febre-HiFi-amp-USB-digital-coaxial-DE-fibre-decodificador-DE-audio/32410721374.html
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icecream345345
I bought it when Ali sale started, but shipping status haven't updated since Nov 17th. I wish I bought it here instead...
they get it on ali so they have to add some margin....