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XDuoo XD-05 DAC/Amp
XDuoo XD-05 DAC/Amp
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I'm thinking of buying this DAC/AMP but have a couple of questions first.
1) It seems from the comments that others are having issues with Windows drivers, is this relevant if I'm just using it as a portable DAC/AMP? Does the firmware need updating on the unit at all?
2) Is this a good DAC/AMP or should I consider something else in for a similar price?
I cannot really comment on question #2 as this is a fairly new domain for me.
For #1, however, I don't think the driver concerns are as big as others are claiming. I had no real issues installing the drivers on Windows 10 (see my post https://www.massdrop.com/buy/xduoo-xd-05-dac-amp/talk/1752764 ), though I haven't gotten any real confirmation that that methods works for others. I've been using my XD-05 as my primary Windows 10 audio device for a couple days now (just received it).
If in the future XDuoo releases a new firmware for the XD-05, you would probably need the drivers installed to apply the new firmware. That being said, nothing on their site would indicate in the slightest that there will ever be an updated firmware, or driver for that matter (I couldn't even find the driver on their site - had to use the one on the accompanying cd). So, I certainly wouldn't purchase with the expectation of significant support from the manufacturer.
I believe if your intended use case is as a strictly portable unit, then you shouldn't have any real concerns about drivers or firmware updates.
Thanks man, appreciate your input :)
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