Mac -> DAC -> necessary?

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

  1. radiogoober macrumors 6502a

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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