The D1 by Audioengine is a bit kHz audio interface with a built-in digital- to-analog converter. Offering both USB and optical inputs, the D1 is ideal for. Audioengine D1 Back. Audioengine D1 Fantastic, plug-and-play sound for your computer and powered speakers. Crutchfield: Audioengine Desktop Audio. Find great deals for Audioengine D1 Premium bit DAC / Headphone Amp. Shop with confidence on eBay!.

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I really dig the the D1. So, if you plan to connect the D1 to some speakers and not move it around much then, I can highly recommend it.

D1 24-Bit DAC/Headphone Amp

I don’t need any equalization – the sound is that good. The Audioengine on the other hand, while not being a talking piece, was much more convenient on my desk, and its audioenginf aesthetic gelled well with my Macbook Pro, Bose desktop speakers and the headphones I was using it with. Sound on the D1 cut out when it was below 8 oclock I know there aren’t markings on the D1, I’ll explain belowbut was completely balanced and noise free at all levels. The D1 does the job perfectly with absolutely minimum fuss.

This is not a bad thing and many devices are designed this way. Order in the next 0: Your computer sound card can play usually up to 96Khz, but with noise and hum from the computer and less than optimal analog output circuits.

Update Unrecognized Zip Code. I have a vintage pair of Sennheiser HD’s that are ohms. However, I never bought this to use with the HD, which is my go to at home critical listening phone. The microfiber bag is a standard at Audioengine, and one that we like.

Not really sufficient, its still with us today. Cons – Price misleading. So I was a little disappointed there, but than again it takes another kind of beast to run the ‘s. Cons – Slightly underpowered for hard to drive headphones, no marking on volume knob.


Be the first to review this item. So, you can plug in your desktop powered speakers and make use of the DAC and volume knob on the D1, and not worry about turning your desktop speakers off when plugging in your headphones. I am by no means an audiophile but have always enjoyed music. This is no way inferior to Matrix mini, other than smaller number interfaces to the audio source. See any errors on this page? I tried several inexpensive USB cables and got the same result.

It really sounds great and the design is so simple and functional. Send a link to this item so recipient can review, customize or exchange for an alternate of equal or lesser value. The HiFiMan looked somewhat out of place. I also wanted it to look okay, but have a fairly small footprint.

With the HD, 12 O’Clock was normal listening level. The D1 is USB powered and features a built-in headphone amp making it a great solution as a portable headphone preamp as well.

Rated 3 out of 5 by Jeffrey from Superb Sound and one aggravating quality issue Sound Quality is not lacking for anything.

What Hi-Fi?

Audioenvine works best with lower impedence headphones. It is simpler to have the device do this than it is to attempt to use high precision components and add greatly to the cost. Now more and more music is available for download in FLAC and other lossless formats and at high bit rates. No, create an account now. However, with the HD, is where the limitations of this guy started to show up. It’s small size also allows me to easily take it home, or lock it in a drawer at work, thus have complete peace of mind with leaving it at work.


Type Digital to analog conversion: The HifiMan, on the other hand, had an extremely narrow band where it was usable, and you had to constantly adjust it based on the recording.

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The HD was a tick slower than when it was well powered. Used with studio monitors and Beyerdynamic DT ohm headphones. It ausioengine no trouble driving low impedance 32ohms headphones with plenty overhead. High impedence phones are rare these days anyway. X1 sound is clean and crisp, with no distortion.

After two years the unit broke. Sort Reviews Sort Reviews By. Line level ouputs use very high quality gold plated RCA jacks. In Stock Update Location close. The D1 has both USB and optical inputs. The sound is, as far as my ears can tell, identical to the original CDs. I put the mark at 7 o’clock when it was turned all the way down.

At this point I’ve logged about hours on it, and the sound seems to have stabilized. With tough to drive headphones, it’s merely “good” and not superb. Now, the first con is that the volume knob had no markings on it whatsoever, making it hard to see what your volume level was at, at a glance. Signal to noise ratio audioeengine dynamic range seem excellent.

Best results will be acheived with high quality music files. Audiodngine I don’t do critical listening at work, I didn’t need the highest level of audio quality, but I needed something small and portable so that I could easily put it in my briefcase when leaving for the weekends, etc.

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