To get a DAC or not

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by zdobson, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. zdobson macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2007
    I'm about to pick up a pair of ATH-M50s headphones and I'm wondering how much of a difference a DAC will make. I'm thinking about the Fiio E07K. I'd use it with both iPhone and computer. Can you really notice a big difference in the sound quality?
  2. Nemic macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2012
    I cannot speak for the headphones that you mention.

    However a DAC is supposed to make an enormous difference, especially if you are using high quality headphones.

    Meridian Audio are a very high-end audio company, and they recently released their DAC.

    It's gets reviewed here:

    I know that there are other models of DAC available, but Meridian are the only company that I am familiar with.

    Good luck.
  3. tengtengvn macrumors member


    Apr 14, 2013
    Quality DAC will make big different.

    I'm a fan of ATH myself. They make great cans. :)
  4. mslide macrumors 6502a

    Sep 17, 2007
    Only you can truly answer the question of whether or not a DAC will improve the quality. Lots of people will probably never be able to tell a difference if they did a blind test.

    Personally, I wouldn't bother. The M50s are good headphones and will sound great as is.

    My theory with this kind of stuff is if you have to do an A-B comparison, back and forth, to notice the difference, it's not worth it.

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