What is a DAC? What is it all about?I know you are asking all these questions to yourself and you should be these days the DAC has gained a lot of momentum in the music market because of so much need. DAC means Digital Analog Converter. It improves the sound quality of the music you are playing up to a significant margin. Yes, it definitely does that.
I’m not saying that a DAC is compulsory to play music but, it will enhance the joy of music by superior sound quality. If you prefer quality as a priority, then you should definitely go for the DAC.
As compared to regular a speaker a DAC definitely stands out because it can do everything that a speaker can’t. Now, a question arises that how to choose? Don’t worry guys in this article we’re going to look some of the best DACs available out there. But first, you need to understand that what price and range would be compatible for you as per your usage. If you’re going to use it with a laptop, then you’ll need wired items or you want to use it with a PC then you go for wireless.
The most important thing is budget so, I have given importance to budget in my list though, it will pull less from your pocket
So, here I’ve brought a list of 6 best USB DAC available out there
NuForce uDAC3 Mobile USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier –
NuForce uDAC3 is a low-cost DAC which also has features an amplifier. The price is low so it can be a great deal. The impedance range of the DAC is 216 to 300 ohms with 24 bits/ 96 kHz DAC. As you can see in the picture that at the front there is a 3.5mm headphone jack with a power LED and a rotary volume controller which is very convenient. An RCA output and a USB output can be found in the back. Moreover, the DAC is very light weight and easily carry able. That’s one more cool feature you’re getting fro a low price.
2. Musical Fidelity: V90-DAC Digital To Analog Converter –
This DAC is excellent choice for its Burr-Brown PCM1795 chipset which manages up to 32-bit/96kHz native conversion. The DAC doesn’t consist of an amplifier that’s why you can see in the picture tat there no such thing as a volume knob. Although, There is no amplifier in the DAC still the sound quality is outstanding, having said that, this is also true that you have to connect an external amplifier to do so. You don’t use a digital amplifier after this because it will make the DAC of no use, the reason is that then you would be re-converting an already DA converted audio stream. It also consists of RCA unbalanced output which a bit sneaky.
3. Creative Sound Blaster E5 –
The DAC is full features which are not easy yo imagine in such a low-cost DAC. In this price, the offered product is a serious gift. The features go like Micro-USB port, USB Host, Bluetooth support, gain switch, twin-headphone jack out, optical line in, optical line out and a big volume controller. All the buttons are easy to find right into the front, and interestingly, they’re situated on the right side of the DAC. The DAC has an audio quality of 120db and a noise ratio of 24-bit/192kHz. The charging of the DAC can be done through an external adapter or a PC/MAC.
4. AudioQuest DragonFly Red –
This AudioQuest DAC is a tricky choice because it doesn’t look at all like the previous mentioned. Thus, it feels weird, but consist of some amazing features and superb sound quality. As you can clearly see in the picture that it doesn’t have any external buttons or control, all controls are software based. The sound modulations and preamp features are already set. As I told you earlier also that i looks and works differently so think before you take the next step. The noise range of the DAC is MP3s to 24-bit/96kHz high-resolution, and you all get 32-Bit SABRE DAC.
5. FiiO E10K USB –
The Fiio DAC is another great option in the affordable category. The product is really a good deal especially, for the price you’re paying it’s phenomenal. It has a 24-bit/96kHz DA conversion and a Burr-Brown TI PCM5102 chipset. The volume controller has numeric setting perimeter to listen exactly what you want to listen. Also, in the circuitry you will find a built-in Bass boost to increase the bass in your music. Every penny you will spend on this thing will be worth it.
6. Audioengine D1 24-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter –
This DAC has some really cool features with some stylish looks. The USP of the DAC are looks from the embedded metal case to the rubber coating on the front side. Everything suits the DAC a lot. The power button which at the front is illuminated in case you need to find it in dark. The white colored voice controller looks good with the 3.55mm audio jack. The sound quality is also something which you need to look for with a range of 24 bit/ 96 kHz audio. Other than that, it also has a built-in amp to improve your sound quality and make it even better. But keep in mind tat you can’t play headphones, and the speaker sat the same time, at a time only one thing will work.
That’s the list of top best 6 DAC which were better than the best to enhance your music experience.
Final Verdict –
In the end, I have to tell you that all the DACs which are mentioned in the list are best for their purpose, so that you can trust them in terms of quality and performance. You just have to choose wisely as per the instructions that which one is the best for your usage and compatibility.
Thus, were my thoughts on best DACs. If you have any questions and suggestions then you can kindly mention it in the comment section.