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    Question Your opinion

    There is a device: the Audioengine D1 DAC-Plus-Headphone-Amp, connected by USB cable to your device, mobile devices particularly. The question: Is this necessary for the best sound if you can install a superior sound card in you desktop? I suspect the external DACs were created for mobile devices, but the question is whether they are superior 24-bit sound to the best internal soundcards?

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    Re: Your opinion

    Quote Originally Posted by Drawde5 View Post
    There is a device: the Audioengine D1 DAC-Plus-Headphone-Amp, connected by USB cable to your device, mobile devices particularly. The question: Is this necessary for the best sound if you can install a superior sound card in you desktop? I suspect the external DACs were created for mobile devices, but the question is whether they are superior 24-bit sound to the best internal soundcards?

    Thoughts? Thanks!
    I think many of these external DAC/Amp devices were created to drive high impedance headphones at your desktop and to put the DAC outside of the case, free from interference. I think the vast majority of people who aren't happy with their onboard audio would be satisfied with a normal high-end sound card... for the rest of that already minority group, there are things like this with specific DACs so they can customize their sound.


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    Re: Your opinion

    Okay! Kinda what I felt the issue might be. I was thinking about the quality of a speaker upgrade, and where to start whether with a sound card and speakers, or just the speakers. Realtek's HD dac software is amazing to my ears, so I feel safe with starting with the speakers. Thank you, O-Dog.
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