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NuForce uDAC-3 DAC/Amp Combo

NuForce uDAC-3 DAC/Amp Combo

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This would be absolutely perfect for me if it had an optical input. Anyone have/know of a DAC/AMP with a volume knob and optical input for under 75?
win10 + craptop USB + any usb dac = bad experience.
I have the Audioengine D3 I use with HiFiman HE-400i when on the road. I'm not knowledgeable about the charts to compare. Would this be an upgrade?
Fiio Q5 w/ AM5 amp.
Would the unit be powered up if I link it up to my phone (Samsung S8) via USB?
I want to use this as a DAC/preamp exclusively for my phone and to my audio gd R28 via RCA when I don't want to switch on my PC.
Heavyboxer
Personally I've only had Google Pixel and I was unable to get it to work on my phone. HOWEVER the power draw is fairly high on this unit so even if you were to do it this way it will quickly drain all your phone battery.
So I don't recommend this units for your intended purpose, you should probably get something that has either battery or dedicated power such as SMSL M3, Schiit Fulla or portable ones like Oppo HA-2 SE, Chord Mojo.......etc.
is this enough for he4xx? or should i wait for smsl m3 to drop again?
Can these power up the AKG 7XX
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Ernie824
nope, it won't be enough to power 7XX
neoslover
Um the akg 7xx are 62ohm headphones pretty sure it would be enough
Oh forgot to mention the usb port rotten and heating problems.

I thought of using them with ws1100is, but as I gave up
The only complaint is that the material quality seems to be usb port, bursting and breaking told. If it's cheap enough for me, it looks like I can not throw away my money. We expect better price performance products.
Despite the price I did not like
Newby sorry: does it need permanent USB connection /external power connection to work ? Thanks !
rpeebles
Yes, this always needs to be plugged in to work. There is no internal battery which you can charge as to just plug into the source and use less energy
domcobb1
Thank you for the clarification.
anyone know if these can drive the HD6xx?
I have the alex cavali amp forgot the name of it it’s also on massdrop the 250$ version can i buy this and only use it as a dac?
Leaf17
Yes I it does have a few output options straight from the DAC BUT if you bought the Alex Cavali amp I'd really spend a little bit more and pair it with a nicer DAC lol.
Something along the line of Massdrop SDAC or ODAC or JDS OL DAC or Schiit Modi 2 would be more comparable.
EDIT: Ops just realize the message was from 6 weeks ago hopefully you got something already LOL.
Anyone out side of the us still not have there's from the last drop. Still says in transit but no more updates and its said estimated delivery was last Monday for me
Is the NuForce uDAC a improvement compared to Focusrite Scarlett Solo 2 Gen?
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It's a good amp to start with. It isn't the best for efficient headphones or sensitive IEMs due to the higher impedance out, but I didn't notice anything too strange with the Fostex Purplehearts or Ebony, and those are more sensitive than the typical 32-80 ohm headphones.
You aren't going to crank 300-600 ohm headphones to ear bleeding levels with it, but it will power them just fine.
The only things at this price point with a little more power will be a Magni 3 or the Xduoo Ta-10, and even then it's only 500mW more at max, so any of those are good starters.
The D30 is one of my favorite DACs, and the SMSL SU-8 that is dropping again is the least expensive DAC I've seen with balanced ins and outs if you plan on going that route in the future. I have both and they are great. Don't worry about any DACs more exppensive than those until you start getting amps that are getting closer to the $1k mark, as the benefits to a more expensive DAC aren't as great as headphones first and amp second, DAC third.
Brosefstalin42
Thank you. That was very insightful.
Fainli context.
newbie here. i want to use this amp with my ipad camera usb connector to drive a high impedencd headphone. anyone tried that? possible?
pavidus
The camera quality on this isn't great.
pavidus
This isn't an amp for high impedance. The highest you're going to power is an m50x or an HD598, and even those are a stretch.
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?
Does any one know if this will work with a raspi running kodi?
alaradia
its a interesting reference but they dont have a listing for udac3
Does it have an unamped line out?
Tidusek
I think not as I connect my headphones to back and it seems to have same amp as front
Can this connect to a mobile phone android? Is this good for the hd650?
Gigoy
No - you need special program USB Audio Player Pro - but with this program I had several problems I think answer is still no
Gigoy
You'd need a special app and special cable, plus the impedance will be too high for this amp, 300ohms, where the best sound is about 140mw at 300ohms, this puts 80mw into 16ohms, so you're barely putting 2mw into it at 300ohms.
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?
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I'm not following you. I currently connect my headphones directly to the laptop. And that is when I'm getting the spikes in volume and occasional popping noises. I'm asking if a dac will resolve this issue or not?
Vjekan
Sorry for confusion. Disconnecting from this specific uDAC topic... You wrote that your internal laptop DAC is not properly shilded from EMI which you hear. To resolve this issue you need DAC that has separate power source. Although USB powered DACs should also resolve this issues for you. Difference between external and USB power source is quality of sound. But if USB powered DAC is not broken by design you should hear literally silence and no obvious EMI - which is perfect for 99% of people not interested in Audiophile external power source quality. Now back on uDAC topic ... this DAC will work with some headphones flawlessly and in case of some others like K550 you will eventually could experience some issues from time to time - but Im using mine on daily basis with K550 because price for quality is great and I don't mind issues :)
How does this pair with the PC37X?
No it doesn't. The Massdrop PC37X has 3.5mm cables..
Anyone know if this works on Nintendo switch?
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The Switch has USB-C, and Type-C to Type-A dongles do work in handheld mode.
Yes the switch does.... it has USB C.
I wonder how much difference this would make with my m40x's. I am currently plugged into my LG monitor and there is a lot of distortion at certain frequencies (the audio jack on my tower is busted, and I am too lazy to take my computer apart to fix it). My headphones are easy to drive so I am not worried about that but how is the soundstage and imaging with this dac/amp? is it worth the money?
Anyone know if this would work with an Xbox One?
Anyone else experience driver issues on Windows 10? The unit would cut out from time to time, but on Windows 7 and Mac OSX it's perfectly fine no problems.
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Any headphones? Which? Its not driver - Its electrostatic discharge that can destabilize uDAC 3. Try for example K550 I'm sure that this will do the job... I was unable to trigger this on mine K701. Besides of that I can live with this issue because quality of uDAC 3 is amazing for price ;) Connecting headphones to RCAs help a bit.
JakeGrabowski
Yeah ANY headphones I've tried while plugged to windows 7 and OSX works perfectly fine, and I've tried a lot (since I tend to borrow co-workers headphones to sample different headphones lol), but on Windows 10 it just crap out after 5 minutes.
I wonder if there is a firmware upgrade or something lol.
nice little machine that enhances my listening of the music I like.
Would this work on a HD6xx?
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CastleHoney
Truthfully, as an amp, not really. It is however a pretty competent DAC for the price to pair with a better amp for the 6XX. The amp is more of a convenience better suited to IEMs.
CastleHoney
I think this will have synergy with HD600 but not HD6xx to much bass.
Will this work great on HD58X?
butachan
I think will have synergy with HD600 and HD580 - should be good with 58x
Can both outputs be used simultaneously? Say the coaxial going to a home theatre amp and the RCAs going to a separate headphone amp?
sman789
When you connect headphones back RCAs gets cut out