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"Reviewers' Choice" Award Winner, Soundstage.com
"One of the Best"
Audioengine's D2 24-bit wireless DAC allows you to stream wireless HD audio from your computer to any music system, independent of your Wi-Fi network. D2 includes USB and optical inputs, a high-performance DAC, plus the isolation benefits of wireless. Set-up is fast and simple, with no software to install and without the frustration that can come from trying to connect to your network.
"The Audioengine D2 is not only one of the most innovative products I’ve reviewed in a long time, it’s also one of the best," raves Doug Schneider in his April 2012 review for Soundstage.com, which honored the D2 with a "Reviewers' Choice" award. "The fact that it’s so affordably priced makes this game-changing DAC all that much easier to buy."
"At any price, the Audioengine D2 is a great DAC," notes Ken Rockwell in his February 2012 review for KenRockwell.com. "It also has an excellent volume control to let you completely bypass a preamplifier for even better sound."
"The Wireless Part Is Just a Splendid Bonus"
"This DAC sounds great, and the wireless part is just a splendid bonus," reports Dean Seislove in Issue 60 of PositiveFeedback. "Audioengine has delivered yet another excellent audio product at a very competitive price."
"The plug-and-play Audioengine D2 is fun to use, is super reliable, is affordable, and sounds great. Admit it: you want one," says Tom Lyle in his April 2012 review for EnjoyTheMusic.com.
Game-Changing Computer Audio
The D2 offers audio fidelity and features of DACs costing several times more, but with one very important feature - it's wireless! D2 is a simple to use yet powerful digital-to-analog converter with performance and features generally found in much more expensive DACs. The D2 processes digital audio at any bit depth up to 24 bits and sample rates to 192 kHz, then sends your music over-the-air at 24/96. It accepts USB or PCM-stereo optical digital and will automatically configure to match either of these inputs.
Easy Setup and Simple Operation
Bypass your computer's sound card or headphone jack and send wireless HD audio to any music system. D2 transmits all music file formats from any computer media player and can simultaneously transmit HD audio to up to three D2R wireless receivers. The 100ft typical range, low latency, built-in DAC, and resistance to interference and dropouts makes D2 a great-sounding HD wireless system.
Want music in more than one room of your house or apartment? Just add more D2R wireless receivers.
The D2 is actually three products in one. It's a high-quality USB wireless computer DAC, a wireless USB-to-SPDIF converter, and a wireless optical PCM-to-stereo link. The ability to stream HD audio wirelessly from your computer direct to your music system not only keeps your computer away from your audio gear, but it also minimizes nagging problems such as ground loops, induced cable noise, and jitter. And if you already have a favorite DAC, the D2 can provide bit-perfect wireless USB-to-SPDIF conversion or serve as a wireless link for your PCM-stereo stream.
Data Integrity is Assured
The D2 sends a 24-bit, 96 kHz PCM stereo digital stream over-the-air in a 'closed-system' Wi-Fi configuration. The system's proprietary RF technology ensures data integrity with no impact on existing routers or networks. The volume control on the D2 Sender is transmitted over an entirely separate channel so there is no impact on the digital audio stream.
See and Hear the Difference
Audioengine designers, with their attention to audio quality as well as visual aesthetics, have created a feast for both the eyes and ears. The rounded anodized aluminum case of the D2 reflects traditional Audioengine design and the audio fidelity is typical of Audioengine's commitment to great sound at an affordable price. The Audioengine D2 continues to close the gap between your computer music and home hi-fi and even if you're not an audio enthusiast we guarantee your music will sound better!
"Reviewers' Choice" Award Winner, Soundstage.com
"The Audioengine D2 is not only one of the most innovative products I’ve reviewed in a long time, it’s also one of the best. The fact that it’s so affordably priced makes this game-changing DAC all that much easier to buy. Highly recommended for those who want excellent sound quality and the convenience of wireless transmission."
- Doug Schneider, Soundstage.com, April 2012
"At any price, the Audioengine D2 is a great DAC… You even get the option of putting its receiver right next to your amplifier to eliminate the effects of long cables. It also has an excellent volume control to let you completely bypass a preamplifier for even better sound."
"Used on a desktop with a computer, it's a great way to get audio controlled easily and sent to your monitors.
- Ken Rockwell, KenRockwell.com, February 2012
"This DAC sounds great, and the wireless part is just a splendid bonus."
"Audioengine has delivered yet another excellent audio product at a very competitive price. If you're looking for a great sounding DAC, then this one is a fine choice, and if a wireless DAC is something that you are searching for, then the Audioengine D2 is just the thing."
- Dean Seislove, PositiveFeedback, Issue 60
"Audioengine's $599 D2 24-bit wireless DAC is truly a 21st Century product that fits well with the needs of a 21st Century audiophile, as well as any listener who wants the convenience of high-resolution multi-room playback, all without the need of a home network. The plug-and-play Audioengine D2 is fun to use, is super reliable, is affordable, and sounds great. Admit it: you want one."
- Tom Lyle, EnjoyTheMusic.com, April 2012
D2 Premium Wireless 24 bit Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC)
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