Mac -> DAC -> necessary?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by radiogoober, May 6, 2012.

  1. radiogoober macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2011
    Hi all,

    I'm interested in your opinion on if a DAC is necessary. I understand that I can get a cable that directly converts my 1/8" jack on my Mac/AirportExpress to RCA inputs to plug into an amplifier. But I also see I could use a DAC to convert the toslink from the AirportExpress to RCA inputs on the amp. Is the DAC "worth it"?
  2. John T macrumors 68020

    John T

    Mar 18, 2006
    It all depends! If you are after better quality sound reproduction, an external DAC always makes an improvement because the internal DAC is a very basic affair.
  3. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Subjective, as is any question of worth on any topic. I'd say yes. YMMV, as with any subjective matter. Compare the two and see for yourself.
  4. AKDigital macrumors newbie


    May 8, 2012
    Chicago, IL
    In my experience the Audioengine D1 has proved to be one of the best and cost-effective DACs. I'll never go back to using my Mac Pro's standard audio output. It is definitely 'worth it' in my opinion.

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