Portable USB DAC

Discussion in 'Ask The Experts' started by mail@chrisbairstow.com, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. mail@chrisbairstow.com

    mail@chrisbairstow.com New Member

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    Hi

    Would a portable USB DAC be of use in improving the sound on a Sandisk Sansa Fuze + player via its USB socket?

    Thanks

    Chris
     
  2. RobinHiFi

    RobinHiFi Super Moderator

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    Unfortunately not - basically a DAC needs a digital signal and therefore must be connected to a digital output (Optical/COAX) or a computer (PC or Mac). DAC stands for Digital to Analogue Converter, so your computer uses the DAC just like it's normal Sound card and therefore is clever enough to know exactly how to connect and what the DAC needs to know.

    I hope that makes sense:)
     
  3. mail@chrisbairstow.com

    mail@chrisbairstow.com New Member

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    Thanks

    I guess that means that the Sandisk player has no digital out via its usb socket

    Do any portable players have a digital out, that a DAC could improve?

    Thanks for your help

    Chris
     
  4. RobinHiFi

    RobinHiFi Super Moderator

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    The old iRiver used to have an Optical out but they don't make that any more. It seems that the trend is now for a more Hifi MP3 player with an excellent headphone amp built in. Although some of these have been ridiculed in a "whatever next! tut" sort of way, the average MP3 Player seems to be getting less and less powerful with less and less attention paid to the quality of sound output.

    Have a look at this lovely thing -

    Another silly/amusing "high end" MP3 player: Colorfly - MP3 Player News - abi>>forums
     
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