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Massdrop 101: What Is A DAC?
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(prob noob q) I just found out that my macbook has the following DAC in-built: https://www.cirrus.com/en/products/pro/detail/P1045.html
keeping this in mind I was wondering if there was any point getting a DAC that is equal to or inferior to the ODAC. The in-built one seems pretty good to me.
Hard to say, there's a lot more that goes into the sound quality than just which DAC chip is used, like the design of the circuit surrounding the DAC, the amplifier, the earphones, the purity of power to the DAC, etc. Only way to tell for sure is to try it and compare. That's why people go to meet-ups.