Dr.Dac Nano / JAVS NanoS - volume on keyboard??

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  1. AT0MAC macrumors regular

    AT0MAC

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    I am thinking about buying a tiny little DAC to replace my not-so-good headphone out on my MacBook.

    The Dr.Dac Nano / JAVS NanoS comes to mind because it is essentially all I need, USB in/minijack out. No buttons to push, no drivers, no problems.

    My question is though, do any of you guys know if the volume keys on my keyboard can control the volume on this DAC?


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    I have other DACs in the house, a NAD M51 and a Cambridge DACMagic+ for my two other setups, and those DACs bypass the volume buttons so I have to adjust via the DAC itself (those two are also preamps so maybe thats why).



    Any help??
     
  2. LaazyEye macrumors regular

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    Am I correct in assuming you have an external amp? If not, I'd recommend looking for a DAC/amp combo that accepts optical or usb. It might be a little more pricey but you have enjoy it more. The output of this DAC will not be easy to control (loud as hell on low impedance headphones, or hardly there in high impedance).

    And to answer your question: No you cannot control the volume via keyboard hotkeys. You CAN however control it via volume slider in itunes, or volume slider on youtube, or any other software volume sliders.

    The best(easiest) way, though, is to have an external amp in which you use to control the gain and not even touch the volume sliders.
     
  3. AT0MAC thread starter macrumors regular

    AT0MAC

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    For this purpose Im only using a macbook and headphones, no other amp. I have that other places but not in this setup.

    Is there any other USB based simple headphone DACs that allow me to adjust volume via the keyboard buttons? Ive seen it done on a DAC i used to have, but that one did not have headphone out.
     
  4. Rizzm macrumors 6502a

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    I'd also like to find a DAC/headphone amp that can do this.
     

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