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Works very well with streamed music

Purchased two of these for separate computers and they have a very nice sound. Work particularly well with streaming music with the Kbs of Pandora. Can get a little dark with more complex and higher Kbs material. Overall very pleased and this is definitely a real step up from the stock music processor in my laptop!

- Kevin K, PA
 
Impressed!

I bought this as a replacement for my PC sound card. I doubted I was spending enough to get the quality I desired. It worked! My powered speakers Paradigm Shifts benefited greatly from the improved quality. Im a happy camper. Sounds great with Itunes and JRiver software. A couple of things: MP3 files are very convincing at extreme VBR settings, Apple Lossless sounds incredible, the annoying stutter from I tunes is gone, the headphone output is dynamic and nuanced, it benefits from quality cords, optical output is very good also. My PC is USB 1.0 but would definitely recommend USB 2.0 for best results. Money well spent. Very satisfied after one month.

- Gary R, WI
 
Worth it!

I bought this unit in order to be able to enjoy proper playback from my Macbook Pro and a Sennheiser HD 580 regardless of where I am. After quick shipping from AA I plugged it in today and did some extensive listening. Initial impressions: Great sound stage, very defined and accurate imaging, pleasant yet not overly smooth open top end, controlled and unexaggerated bass. From reviews I have read before I would actually have expected it to be a little on the smooth end, but while not being harsh it still brings out some high-mid bite even on the rather mellow HD 580. I did not use the RCA out yet so I am not commenting on their quality. The unit also feels very well made and is exactly zero effort to install, plug in, choose as systems primary sound card, done. Verdict: great sound and construction for a reasonable price, more than worth it if youre listening from a portable sound source or a computer that is not yet equipped with any high quality converters and headphone amp.

- Johannes F, NY
 
Crazy Good

After about 30 hours this DAC literally wipes the floor with DACs Ive owned costing ten times as much. The fact it can be also used as a headphone amp makes it outrageous value for the money. I cant see why anyone would spend ten times or more when this baby is available for $169.00

- Dean S, INT
 
pull the veil back

I bought the D-1 along with a Parasound zamp v.3 to drive a 2.1 system. WOW, wonderful open sound, even from lower bit rate recordings. The D-1 replaced a Wadia-12, which was limited to 16 bits still sounds great though, and I noticed no loss making the switch, and a bit more revealing like a veil was pulled back I believe this may have to do with not having to reduce the bit rate prior to the DA. The headphone output is great AKG 480sand very easy to listen to. The RCAs are variable knob, which was something I was unable to verify online, now you know. Some people have mentioned clicks and pops, I have found that these appear to be software related and not the D-1. If I am running multiple programs while listening, I sometimes get the pops, this goes away with a re-launch of your player, a pain, but not the D-1s fault. Overall, I am very happy with the sounds coming from my PC these days, and the D-1 is a big part of it.

- Douglas B, CA
 
DONT SAY A WORD, JUST LET YOUR EARS SAY IT...

IF YOU HAVE ALREADY OVER $1,000DAC, LISTEN AT A-B BASIS AND YOU WILL REALIZE THAT THE D1 IS A DIAMOND. LET NO ONE PUT YOU IN LINE; THE D1 IS AN OUT-LAW. IT HAS EVERYTHING MANY EXPENSIVE DACs CANT DREAM OF. I WOULDNT BUY MY 2 EXPENSIVE DACs IF THE D1 WAS EARLIER IN THE STORE. THANKS YOU, AUDIOENGINE.

- G A, NJ