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Audioengine D1

Digital-to-analog converter/headphone amplifier

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  • Audioengine D1

    Fantastic, plug-and-play sound for your computer and powered speakers (Audioengine A2 speakers shown)

  • Audioengine D1

    Fantastic, plug-and-play sound for your computer and powered speakers (Audioengine A2 speakers shown)

  • Audioengine D1

  • Audioengine D1

    The perfect integration of computer, powered speakers, and headphones

 

Our take on the Audioengine D1

by Dave Bar
Audioengine

Turn 1s and 0s into sweet sounding music

Why buy a separate DAC? These devices are all about getting true high-fidelity sound from digital sources like computers, streaming music players, smartphones, and more. While these kinds of sources usually have their own digital-to-analog converters built in, you can expect a separate DAC to give you much better accuracy and finer detail.


Get fantastic sound from your digital audio sources


High-res audio

How do you get sound from your PC? If you're still doing it the old fashioned way, by plugging into your computer's headphone jack, then you should definitely know about the Audioengine D1. This tiny, outboard digital-to-analog converter simply connects to one of your PC's USB ports, and bypasses your computer's built-in audio circuitry. By processing your digital music files outside the noisy environment of your computer, you'll hear far more dynamic and detailed sound that you can really savor on your headphones, powered speakers, or stereo system. The D1 also includes an optical digital input so you can enjoy similar improvements in sound with your old CD player, network music streamer, set-top box, game console, or almost any other audio device with an optical digital output.

Make your headphones sing

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The plug-and-play D1 delivers sparkling clear sound from your computer to your headphones, stereo system, or powered speakers (Audioengine A2 speakers shown

A pair of good headphones can give you a real taste of high-end audio without breaking the bank. But you're unlikely to find high-end sound coming out of your headphones if you plug them straight into your laptop. That's because most computer manufacturers use low-cost, low-performance circuitry to power their headphone jacks. The headphone amp inside the D1 will quickly spoil you. It delivers richer, deeper bass and clearer highs while revealing layers of musical detail that ordinary headphone jacks obscure.

Easy plug-and-play operation

Adding the D1 to a system is simple — just plug it into any USB port on your computer, where it will install itself and be ready for use in a matter of seconds. From there, just plug in your 'phones, or connect the preamp outputs to your powered speakers or stereo and you're done. The handy volume knob lets you control listening levels for both headphone and preamp outputs.

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Highlights:

  • AKM AK4396 digital-to-analog converter for low-noise, high-fidelity stereo sound
  • built-in high-performance headphone amplifier (20 ohm to 300 ohm headphone impedance recommended)
  • powered by USB connection — no need for external power supply when connected to a USB source (using optical input requires optional AC USB power adapter or connection to a computer's USB port)
  • double regulated USB power ensures no USB bus power variations affect audio output
  • compact design for portability
  • 1 USB (Type B) input for connection to a PC
  • 1 optical digital (Toslink) audio input
  • 1 pair of high-quality RCA audio outputs
  • minijack (3.5mm) headphone output
  • supported sample rates:
    • USB: up to 96kHz
    • optical digital: up to 192kHz
  • input bit depth: up to 24-bits
  • built-in driver for USB connection
  • frequency response: 10 to 25kHz (±0.5 dB)
  • THD: less than 0.0025%
  • signal-to-noise ratio (DC to 20kHz): greater than 110 dB
  • full scale output: 2V RMS
  • 3-9/16"W x 1-1/16"H x 2-15/16"D (5-1/4"D including cable and volume knob)
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • If connecting to a TV, please make sure you can select "PCM" output in its audio menu. This DAC is not compatible with Dolby® Digital signals.

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  • D1 Digital to analog converter
  • 24" USB cable (USB Type-A on one end and USB Type-B on the other)
  • Cloth drawstring bag
  • Setup guide
  • Audioengine product brochure

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Features

Overview: The D1 DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) is designed to connect between your computer's USB port or an optical digital output, and your audio system or headphones. It can also be used as a portable DAC (soundcard) with a laptop computer. The two signal inputs are a USB Type-B port (USB Type-A to USB Type-B cable included) and an optical digital (Toslink) jack. There are two outputs, rear panel analog stereo RCA jacks and a front panel 3.5mm headphone jack. Both outputs are controlled by the rotary volume knob on the front panel and the RCA outputs are muted when headphones are plugged into the front panel mini-jack output. The small switch on the front panel lights when the D1 is turned on.

Note: If connecting to a television set's optical output, please make sure that you are able to select PCM as the default optical out audio format from your television's Audio menu. This DAC is not compatible with multi-channel audio signals and will not work with televisions that do not output PCM.

Specifications:

  • Power Requirement: 5V/130 mA; powered by USB (USB connection required for power even when using the optical digital input to transfer audio signal)
  • USB Input: rear panel, Type-B; compatible with USB 1.1 and above; USB cable included
  • Optical Input: rear panel, Toslink
  • Digital Signal Compatibility:
    • USB: up to 24-bit/96 kHz PCM stereo
    • Optical: up to 24-bit/192 kHz PCM stereo
  • Line Output: rear panel stereo RCA; 2.0 volts RMS
  • Frequency Response: 10 Hz to 25 kHz, +/-0.5 dB
  • S/N: >110 dB
  • THD+N: <0.0025%
  • Headphone Output: front panel, 3.5mm stereo mini-jack; compatible with headphone impedance from 20Ω to 300Ω
 
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4 out of 5

Does what it says

Written By SWilson, Huntsville, Alabama on Thursday, October 02, 2014
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Great device that does exactly what it says. If you use a computer to listen to music, then this is a must have.
Pros:
Small footprint, quality build, works as advertised.
Cons:
USB audio is muted as soon as you connect the optical input, and you can't switch between input sources. That seems like a bad oversight on the part of whoever designed this DAC.
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4 out of 5

Good sounding unit!

Written By Phil T., Rockville, MD on Friday, September 19, 2014
 
The unit is small but well built. Controls desktop speakers and headphones. Both sound good to me - no distortion. Have used Audio Engine D1 for year and no problems.
Pros:
Good sound, well made.
Cons:
Just need glue tack tape to keep in place on desk.
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4 out of 5

Great Sound, Accessory Needed

Written By The Old Fox, Watkinsville, GA on Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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The sound from this unit is superb with high quality 32 Ohm headphones(e.g. Sennheiser HD 558s)
Pros:
Great Sound, easy setup if your computer has full powered USB ports.
Cons:
A good, full independently powered USB hub (about $20+) is needed to use this unit on laptops and other computers with USB ports that do not put out full power. On 300 Ohm headphones, the lack of USB power may prevent getting life-sized volume.
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5 out of 5

Great dac for your pc/laptop

Written By tiaochiyu, williamsburg va on Thursday, September 04, 2014
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sounds great! convenient and portable. awesome little dace=
Pros:
sound build quality portability
Cons:
wasn't free? i dunno
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5 out of 5

Sounds Amazing!

Written By Andy, Norwalk, CT on Friday, August 29, 2014
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Clarity is amazing! I recommend giving it 40 hours of listening before you make a true judgement of its sound. Amazing sound for the price.
Pros:
Price, Quality
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5 out of 5

Audioengine D1

Written By Larry F, sarasota, FL on Monday, August 04, 2014
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A major upgrade in sound quality vs. my Apple Computer sound card.
Pros:
Sound quality and easy setup.
Cons:
A calibrated volume control would be useful
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4 out of 5

Headphone Amp Audioengine D1

Written By Tim F, Fort Lauderdale FL on Thursday, June 19, 2014
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I suspect it may be low in power output although im not sure thats the problem 2Vrms. It sounds great, clarity is awsome and distortion probable cant be easy to mesure.
Pros:
Operation is simple to set up with optical as it puts priorty on it (PC).
Cons:
Another volt in out put may or may not correct the low bass broblem. I have to crank up the low end of my EQ (PC) to max to get flat responce. But im not sure if the headphones are a part of the problem (AKG 550). Have questians I have not had time to ask, Work. Some recordings have a much higher out put than others. This could go five star once I get this nailed down.
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5 out of 5

cool

Written By KevT, Denver CO on Thursday, May 22, 2014
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Cool device pass the break in period and still sounding perfect
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5 out of 5

Excellent DAC that does what it is supposed to

Written By erniecolorado1, Aurora, CO on Thursday, April 24, 2014
 
Great product especially using Toslink port. In order to bypass the motherboard sound chip, which is always recommended in this case, since the external DAC is always higher quality by far, you need this product in USB or Toslink optical digital connections. I prefer the Toslink optical over the USB. Your motherboard needs to have the Toslink connection, which many do nowadays. If you look in the description, the Toslink gets higher resolution 24-bit/192 KHz than the USB connection does. I recommend a good Monster or Audioquest optical cable, short as you can have it. The sound is so pristine. NO background noise, no crackle or static at all. Just crystal clear sound. Get a good pair of speakers with at least a 6.5 inch bass/mid-woofer and you are good to go.
Pros:
Superb sound to my Pro Monitors for music AND movies
Cons:
Nothing that I can see or tell.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

good sound but missing accessories

Written By johnny_boy, new york,ny on Thursday, February 20, 2014
 
I use this DAC to connect my Scientific Atlanta cable box to a set of JBL active speakers. From a sound point of view it sounds very good. No software to install. I just plugged in the toslink cable and plugged in the audioengine to a wall socket via a usb cable and ac/dc plug. The USB cable that comes with it is a joke. It is the shortest cable I have ever seen, so I had to get another one. The unit is vey small and I wish the volume control knob was bigger. Plus there are limited input types this device will accept. Another issue is it doesn't come with a usb to wall socket attachment, so you will have to buy one or use the one that came with a smartphone or some other device. But it does what I need it to do right now and it was a huge amount of money.
Pros:
Fair price, sound quality
Cons:
small size, missing accessories, no digital component connection
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5 out of 5

Delivers great sound

Written By RonR, Davenport, IA on Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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Not too long ago I purchased a new computer and, surprisingly, discovered it has a poor sound card. I have an iTunes music library on my computer that I like listening to through my desktop speakers. The sound that was being produced just wasn't cutting it. I did some research and found a lot of good reviews regarding the Audioengine D1. I decided to purchase one and it has proven to be a great decision. The sound it produces is very satisfying to my particular ears. Based on my experience with this product, I would highly recommend it.
Pros:
Great sound. Simple to set up. I definitely feel it's a 5 star product.
Cons:
Haven't noticed any.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Aurioengine D!

Written By Victor K, Lake Worth, Fl on Wednesday, January 08, 2014
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This product will blow you away. All I can say is wow
Pros:
Makes your music sound great use with headphones or use with stereo receiver. I Love it and would not part with it. Thanks to Tech Support for helping me to hook it up
Cons:
none
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Audioengine D1 Heaqdphone amp

Written By Rich C, Riverside, California on Tuesday, January 07, 2014
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Got mine today the 7th of January as scheduled. A definite increase in volume and overall tone on the ATH-M50's headphone. The Audioengine D1 headphone amp is worth the investment. I'll be using the D1's analog outputs for my receiver in the very near future. Coupled with Cructhfield support team, there is no way you can go wrong. Their representatives called me twice to explain the product that I ordered. I'm going to buy another for my sons birthday coming up.
Pros:
All the product features; increase in volume and improved tonal quality on both of my headphones.
Cons:
None
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Audioengine D1

Written By Duditude, DE on Tuesday, December 24, 2013
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Seems to work fine, paired with the Audioengine 5+. Not sure if its worth the extra $$ to go with this but I did and I'm fine with it. Be aware my first D1 did not work properly, thought it was defective. Crutchfield was awesome (as usual!) with the return, then the 2nd unit behaved the same. I plugged a 2.0 USB splitter into my 3.0 port (basically downrated my computer's USB port) and it worked fine. There is nothing in the literature that tells you this, found this solution on line.
Pros:
It works, makes using the Audioengine 5+ speakers a little more flexible. Purchased from Crutchfield so the problems I had were handled awesomely.
Cons:
Is it worth the additional cost? Had to return 1st D1 due to incompatibility with 3.0 USB port, downrating the port solved problem.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

As advertised

Written By Rich, Needham, ma on Sunday, December 15, 2013
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Bought this because the sound card in my brand new $2.5k laptop sounds like junk. This thing is awesome. Has trouble driving my Sennheiser hd600s, But they are very hard to drive. Makes my hd380s sound incredible. Paired them up with some A5s from the same company and this is the ultimate desktop audio solution IMO, suitable for casual listening, critical listening and even video/audio production. Good luck finding anything that performs as well near this price point.
Pros:
Simple, small, sounds great
Cons:
Can't think of any
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4 out of 5

D1 DAC

Written By Barry, Arizona on Friday, December 06, 2013
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Over the years I have had several high-end audio systems,but limited space since I retired several years ago no longer will accommodate the large speakers and component system. While my new PC based near-field system is a significant step down from what I have been listening to, I have been very surprised and satisfied with the improved performance using the D1 DAC, This is a great product its price point.
Pros:
Very compact, easy to install and performs as advertised
Cons:
I wished it had two sets of line outputs, either two RCA or XLR and RCA, even if it cost a little more.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Upgrade

Written By Nick, Cumberland, MD on Tuesday, November 19, 2013
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This is a great little DAC/AMP. I've used the HiFiMan HM-101 in the past and it does a great job for it's price. But this is head and shoulders above that. Immediately noticed much fuller and detailed sound through my AKG K240 MK II's. If you are looking for a much more immersive audio experience I highly recommend.
Pros:
Plenty of power (I'm not driving planar magnetic ear speakers) Detailed Uncolored
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Audioengine D1 - Well worth the buy

Written By Fred, Baltimore, Maryland on Tuesday, November 19, 2013
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Everyone today is interested in video entertainment, and enhancements and features for that purpose. I'm sure there are still others out there, beside myself, who love music far more. I have a great audio system, including a set of Bose 901's and a pre-amp and power-amp from Emotiva. I recently purchased the Audioengine D1 so that I could stream high quality music from my computer to my audio system. There is nothing that you have to do but connect the unit to your computer, no special software is needed. Believe me when I tell you that words cannot describe how fantastic this setup sounds. If you love music as I do, you owe it to yourself to purchase this missing link and begin to enjoy all that the internet has to offer an audiophile. Very low cost compared to other DACs on the market. Very portable. No additional power supply required, being powered by the USB power buss.
Pros:
Great value and addition for playing digital files from a computer system.
Cons:
None whatsoever.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Audioengine D1

Written By Anonymous, Little Rock, Arkansas on Monday, November 18, 2013
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Love it and man can I hear the difference
Pros:
Easy to install
Cons:
I have none so far
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5 out of 5

Big Sound, Little Box

Written By BigRedCajun, New Fairfield, CT on Friday, October 25, 2013
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I purchased the Audio Engine D1 because of cost and also the Audio Engine reputation. Also, I knew that I could get more from my computer system than what my stock sound card could deliver. I also wanted to retrieve a audio through the USB port to keep things in the Digital domain. I'm using an HP desktop computer and feeding an ART SLA-1, 100watt/chnl amplifier connected to a pair of Definitive Technologies SM-350 monitors. After quickly connecting the D1 (About a minute) using the analog out, I was on my way to what follows.

First and foremost, the difference when I connected was not subtle. The Treble had much better pitch as well as greater definition. The highs were much smoother and warm while still having a great deal of detail and transparency.

The bass was another issue altogether. It wasn't as defined or as controlled and it seemed to have a distortion that wasn't present in the treble range. After a quick run through of the gain settings from the computer and iTunes, adjusting the gain structure as required everything snapped into place. Now the Bass had great pitch definition and extension. The bass was had a much better dynamics and "feel".

Vocals are uncannily real made possible by an awesome midrange. Both female and male vocals really shine, although darker male voices do come off a little lean. Artist such as Lou Rawls or Michael McDonald have a little less "amber" but all in all still pleasing and still warm sounding.

The headphone out is Very Good. I listened using Grado SR80's, Sennheiser HD280 PRO's and the Audio Technica ATM-50's. All showed improvements similar to what I wrote above, each with their own character and each one easily disguisable from the other.

For the price I can't imagine finding another DAC in this price range that could do better with as many features. I would put this in the same category as the Audio Quest Dragonfly and the HRT HeadStreamer.
Pros:
A lot of Features for the money. Very Good sound in its price range. Solid Build Quality. Optical Input.
Cons:
Would love to see a Pro Version with Mini-XLR out.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Audioengine D1

Written By G J,, Ohio on Wednesday, September 25, 2013
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OK, but just not quite there yet. It's a bit sloppy, loses composure with more complex material. Bass seems a little thin. Headphone amp needs more power and a cleaner sound. It's an improvement over a p/c sound card for sure, but not compared to some other products in a similar price range, or for not much more.
Pros:
Convenient, easy to set-up and play, no drivers, well built
Cons:
Bass, Headphone amp, sounds ok
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5 out of 5

Awesome product!

Written By Sam, Chicago, IL on Monday, September 16, 2013
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Great product. I bought it because my headphone port on my Macbook pro has some issues and wanted something to bypass it. This was absolutely the best remedy. The DAC is solidly made and the packaging is superior to most others. The sound quality is quite exceptional with good headphone/speakers. I would 100% recommend buying this!
Pros:
Good sound, build quality, packaging
Cons:
Maybe the price is bit high? I don't really care the DAC is too good.
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5 out of 5

Audioengine D1

Written By Bob R, Chicago IL on Tuesday, August 27, 2013
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Was very skeptical about this product but installed it on my iMac. Made a world of difference over the standard mic port. Amplifier is clean with no hum. Cleaned up the bass but especially the mid range. A little bit of a 3D quality. Plus I now have the mic port in front of me rather than having to reach around the iMac
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5 out of 5

Clear and clean

Written By Mark, Maryland on Saturday, August 24, 2013
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clear and clean
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5 out of 5

Audioengine D1

Written By Da Puna Don, Keaau, HI on Saturday, August 17, 2013
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Excellent little unit without the high price tag. I live in Hawaii and unbelievable how fast they got it here!
Pros:
Perfect specs for the money. Easy to install and use.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Sound Great

Written By treker88, Long Beach CA on Monday, July 22, 2013
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The Audioengine D1 has great design and build quality, and the audio is really good. I'm using it with the USB connection (haven't tried the optical input yet), Windows 7 laptop, and Bose AE 2 headphones. Most of my music files are variable bit rate mp3 with a high of 328k to a low of 128k. The audio preformance has the warmth of a tube amp with the detail and clairty of a solidstate amp. I'm really like it, highly recommend.
Pros:
really good audio
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

E Rey little bit helps

Written By Siuate, NYC on Wednesday, July 17, 2013
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I packed the D1 on my summer trip and have it hooked up to a Mac Air and Bose Soundlink Bluetooth speaker. It sounds great! I was able to easily compare it with a Bluetooth and 3.5mm cable hook-up and it's quite noticeable. There is ample bass and the midrange is clearer. If you care at all about sound quality, the D1 is a pretty inexpensive way to improve your tunes.
Pros:
Good build and comes with the 3.5 mm audio cable.
Cons:
Have grippy or suction style feet so unit can stay in place.
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5 out of 5

Great sound and well built

Written By Mile T, Richmond, VA on Tuesday, June 18, 2013
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Great sounding and built to last for years to come. This little DAC worked wonders for me, easily powered my Bose Headphones. I will gladly recommend this to my friends.
Pros:
No drivers to install, and is powered by USB, so no messing with power cords.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Awesome little thing

Written By George R, Dover De on Wednesday, June 05, 2013
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Added this to a pair of Audioengine 5+N (A5+N) for my laptop, glad I did. it does what my sound card doesn't .
Pros:
works great
Cons:
none
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4 out of 5

a worthwhile investment

Written By JH, upstate NY on Tuesday, June 04, 2013
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This is a good unit. Its small, it provides better amplification, and you'll clearly hear the difference in the dynamic range in volume and tone. This is particularly useful if you are using full size head phones of high quality.
Pros:
small, versatile, good value, great improvement over in computer amplifier
Cons:
have not found any yet.
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5 out of 5

Sweet. Period!

Written By Brunyan, Ashland, KY on Thursday, May 23, 2013
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Did exactly what I wanted it to do. Works great with my Mac. Excellent sound!
Pros:
Size and sound
Cons:
None
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Nice price and features

Written By Pat S, Baltimore, MD on Monday, May 20, 2013
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High build quality, nice features, works well.
Pros:
build quality features
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5 out of 5

Its optical input is great!

Written By dankotee, Fremont, CA on Monday, April 29, 2013
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I would recommend this to people who are considering portable DAC, including NuForce. I ordered the open box and it came in excellent condition. No scratch, no dent, no sign of use. However, the USB cable that it came with does not work. The computer cannot detect it and I could not hear any sound. So I read their troubleshooting section and switched the cable. It worked immediately! One thing I like the most about this DAC is its optical input. I do not own a receiver, so I can't use my AKG headphone to watch movie. But now I can connect this to my TV and use my headphone to watch movie or play video games without waking up other people. The size is okay, it is pretty heavy too. But then you know the build is sturdy and a lot of "meat" is packed inside. So it is not as portable as DragonFly.
Pros:
Optical input
Cons:
Size is bigger than other portable DAC
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4 out of 5

Audioengine D1

Written By RoryB, Ama, La. on Wednesday, April 10, 2013
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This little thing is amazing. I use to always say it's crazy to spend $300.00 on a set of headphones to listen to music on your computer until I purchased the Audioengine. I for one love music,and I love how this item makes music sound great.I like jazz and old school and you can hear everything just the way its meant to sound,GREAT music just sounds great. I can listen to music all day now without disturbing others. Its not just listening to music,Its hearing the music.I would recommend this to all my friends.Great item.
Pros:
Its small,It sounds great.
Cons:
Could use some more power; or maybe its me.I just like BIG POWER!!!
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5 out of 5

FANTASTIC

Written By DMIKE5249, FLORIDA on Wednesday, April 10, 2013
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I have this hooked up to Audioengine 5+ speakers to my computer. the sound is awesome coming through these speakers. Installation was very easy..Im using Sony v6 headphones clean sound tight bass.
Pros:
IMPROVED SOUND
Cons:
NONE
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5 out of 5

Cleaner bass, more balanced sound

Written By Alberto T., Huntington Station, NY on Wednesday, March 27, 2013
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I must say the reviews I had read here on Crutchfield and elsewhere were right on. The Audioengine D1 makes a big difference in listening to music from my computer. It's not earth shattering, it's subtle but definitive. I'm using the D1 paired to an Audio-Technica ATH-M50. At first listen I noticed bass did not sound boomy as it did before (not the headphone's fault), even from a poor youtube source of the Harlem Shake. Next I tried some higher quality files from iTunes... wow! Nat Cole's vocal in The Very Thought of You were more refined, instruments were a LOT more crisp and discernible. Just about anything I listened to sounded better, as if I had been listening to music through a heavy blanket. Listening to music is even more enjoyable now with the Audioengine D1! I have only used the D1 attached via the USB port, I have yet to listen to it through the optical in. But so far it's VERY good!
Pros:
Better controlled bass Cleaner vocals Makes instruments more discernible
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5 out of 5

Great sound from this DAC

Written By CMM, VT on Monday, March 18, 2013
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I'm using the D1 with the PSB Alpha PS1 amplified speakers - and it is a great pairing (my PC is a home build, core i7-870, Win-7 64b w/ 16GB ram). Clean, accurate sound from my mp3's (I also have WAV files and itunes AAC as well). I use a belkin gold series 6 foot usb cable to connect with my computer, which works well (10 ft did not work for me). Setup was easy, once I switched to the 6ft cable. Windows easily recognizes the D1 and auto installs drivers. Without a doubt -- using a DAC w/ your computer is well worth it. Before this, I had always used the line out from either a basic sound card, or in my current build - the line out from the built in sound off of the MB (yea, I know- lame :) Using the DAC basically improves every part of the sound coming from your speakers - lows, mids and highs. I just got the PSB's (replaced bad m-audio av30's) - and I had a chance to use this DAC w/ the m-audio's for a couple days (before they choked)... and WOW -- amazing difference in the sound. Now, using the PSB's w/ this DAC - the sound is simply amazing.,.. I couldn't be happier (course, the PSB's are a few notches above the m-audio in quality :) Highly recommended.
Pros:
Build quality, excellent sound. USB powered. Large volume control knob on front of unit. Good warranty.
Cons:
A tad pricey... quality 10 foot USB cable to computer did not work w/ the D1 - presumably due to USB power requirement (6 foot worked fine -thankfully - since 2-3 foot was NOT going to cut it for my setup)
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4 out of 5

GOOD HEADPHONE AMP

Written By MURRAY IM, SAN DIEGO, CA on Wednesday, March 13, 2013
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I bought this to use with my receiver. Not a good application. I could only use it with the rca out put of a single component. This is better used in a digital computer set-up.
Pros:
Used on a single component like my oppo 103 player, it sounds good. The sound is almost three dimensional.
Cons:
Crutchfield sales said it could be used on my receiver. So far no way.
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4 out of 5

Not Bad, for the price, a keeper for sure.

Written By Phil W, Easton, MD on Thursday, February 28, 2013
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Good sounds, NO ground isolation so you need to be aware of you your installation requirements. Works well with other AudioEngine components. Flawless with my Laptop, Hum (ground) loop issues with my desktop PC.
Pros:
Easy (up to) 96KHz/24Bit i(USB) interface for Hi-Re music playback, useful volume control, and it sounds good.
Cons:
No ground isolation...which may or not be a problem for your application. Need some Velcro feet since it is soo light.
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5 out of 5

Awesome!

Written By Big Al, Naperville, IL on Tuesday, February 05, 2013
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I researched a lot to pick the perfect DAC/AMP for work. I have the headphones on all day and the sound from the PC just wasn't good enough. I bought better headphones that helped a little but still it was not rich and full. I talked to Derrick at Crutchfield and he recommended the Audioengine D1 over the other model I was considering. I ordered it and it arrived well-packed and quickly. Installation was a snap. Windows recognized it and installed it immediately even making it the audio output. I didn't have to do anything but plug it in and insert my headphones. When I did the sound came alive. It is rich and full and the bass is more powerful and very well defined. Most people wouldn't bother for work to do this but I am here to tell you it makes listening to music at work so enjoyable the time just flies by!
Pros:
Super easy to install, great music quality, good build quality, easy to use volume control knob.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Wow

Written By Ken, San Francisco on Saturday, January 12, 2013
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For three years I've had a pair of Audioengine 2's that I've been using with my iMac. Great little speakers, but when I recently got a D1 on the recommendation of reviews- wow! The difference in clarity with 256 kbps itunes files is absolutely amazing- It's as if a blanket has been lifted from the A2's. Mids and highs are MUCH crisper, and it's not even broken in yet. I listen to everything from bluegrass to EDM, and it all sounds vastly better with greater sound separation. Just don't forget to change the Midi settings for iOS per the instructions to 96 khz and 24 bits- I was disappointed until I did that.
Pros:
Inexpensive, portable, crisp and bright sound, better stereo separation
Cons:
No remote
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5 out of 5

So much better

Written By LoveQualitySound, Silverlake, WA on Thursday, January 10, 2013
 
My computer headphone jack surged and blew my Rotel. VERY COSTLY. So, I bought this to remedy that issue and avoid future service repairs. I didn't expect much of a sound improvement, but it truly is a HUGE improvement in sound quality. I have a high end Gigabyte board with Realtek HD audio on-board, which I admit I was actually satisfied with. So, when I plugged in the Audioengine D1 and heard better bass control on my Boston sub, warmer and richer tones from top to bottom, I was shocked. Seriously, very excited.
Pros:
For me, I like that it's small, I like that it has RCAs... It improves sound. Plug and play--took my computer five seconds before it informed me the "device is ready to use" after plugging it in. Volume control is handy.
Cons:
I'd love it if this thing had HDMI. I could see how some people would want a remote with it. I understand that for some people, the fact it's small is going to be a con. It might move around. Might need some velcro? Personally, I like that it's small.
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5 out of 5

Audioengine D1

Written By Mark J, McKinney Tx on Thursday, December 27, 2012
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This little unit is amazing...giant step forward from mac pro built in speakers...can finally hear everything as it should be.
Pros:
super simple hook up...great instructions...super sound and it's not even broken in yet!!!!
Cons:
none
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4 out of 5

Audioengine D1

Written By Walter, Granbury TX on Wednesday, December 19, 2012
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Using the DAC between my CD player and tube amp in a stereo application. Arrived in good shape.
Pros:
Seems to work well. Especially note increased clarity in the mid and high ranges. Glad I bought it.
Cons:
Very small and light...moves around unless you secure it in some way. If not used with a USB port have to purchase a wall adapter for power.
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5 out of 5

Best DAC fro the money

Written By Rick, Oley, PA on Sunday, December 09, 2012
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Seems today everyone is interested in video entertainment, and enhancements and features for that purpose. I'm sure there are still others out there, beside myself, who love music far more. I have a great audio system, including an incredible tube amplifier that my son built for me. I recently purchased the Audioengine D1 DAC so that I could stream high quality music from my computer to my system. Believe me when I tell you that words cannot describe how fantastic this setup sounds. If you love music as I do, you owe it to yourself to purchase this missing link and begin to enjoy all that the internet has to offer an audiophile.
Pros:
Essentially no setup involved. The first device I ever found that is truely "plug and play". Built in high quality headphone amplifier. Extremely low cost compared to other DACs on the market. Very portable. No additional power supply required, being powered by the USB power buss.
Cons:
None whatsoever.
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4 out of 5

Paired with Audioengine Speakers

Written By Sleepy, Dallas on Tuesday, October 30, 2012
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I paired these up with some Audioengine powered bookshelf speakers for casual listening in my bedroom. The source is FLAC and MP3 files off my computer. The combination has a nice warm tone and does a gorgeous job with sparse arrangements like jazz combos or singer/songwriter type stuff. It has enough punch for a little rock but I don't think it is up to a massive orchestral recording. I bought it for the simpler stuff so I am quite happy listening to Feist or Fleet Foxes on it while hanging out in the bedroom. I don't like headphones much so I can't comment on it as a straight headphone amp.
Pros:
great DAC, good problem solver component
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5 out of 5

8 Time World Hit Recording Artist & D1 Fan!

Written By Kris Allen & Southern Thunder, Nashville, TN/Charleston, W.V. on Wednesday, October 10, 2012
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Let me tell you I had this D1 hooked up to my system faster than I could unwrap it from its packaging, fast and easy with instant results! Now I have to say at first I wasn't blown away when I plugged in my Sennheiser HD-600, it sounded fantastic but not overkill. However when I plugged this into my laptop controled PA I was blown away! I know my system! Well... I knew my old system, I LOVE my new system!!! I use Crown Macro Tech amps (5000i on mains, 5000i on bass) & JBL SR 4733x & 4722. I have my HP laptop going into a TC Helicon then into a Presonus mixer All connections are Monster Cable 1000's. You know I always thought this set-up was sweet but side by side after the D1...ain't no way I would want to go back without it!!! If you have a good or great system you owe it to yourself to buy one of these lil things! There was so much that was missing in the sound without it! Everything has more clarity, more alive, a richer and full sound...THIS IS ON A FLAT EQ!!! I am now buying yet another D1 for my music radio show I host (Late Night with Rob & Kris, on ghtalkradio) for my HD-600 I wear. BUY IT, YOU WILL LOVE IT!
Pros:
The sound you will get!
Cons:
Buy a better usb cable if you have a high end system & I wish I bought this a long time ago!
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5 out of 5

Audioengine D1

Written By Anonymous, SLC, UT on Monday, October 08, 2012
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Sound is much improved. Very satisfied.
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4 out of 5

Audioengine D1

Written By Joe, Japan on Sunday, September 30, 2012
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Excellent DOC for the money, I wish pre-amp is stronger.
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5 out of 5

DAC For MacBook

Written By Anonymous, Apex,nc on Wednesday, September 26, 2012
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MacBook Pro 13 has good sound but the Audioengine D1 made it better. However, have to remember all CD's are not created equal. New DAC does not make bad recordings good !!!!!
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4 out of 5

Great device!

Written By JoeK, Martinsville, VA on Wednesday, August 22, 2012
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Great sound. Would purchase again.
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5 out of 5

Audioengine D1

Written By Mark, South Elgin, IL on Monday, August 20, 2012
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I was skeptical. My only regret is that I didn't buy this a long time ago. If you listen to your PC for music you have to own this. I have been using it for about ten hours, the directions say it takes about 40 to 50 hours to "break in"...somehow I can't imagine it can sound any better than it already does!
Pros:
SOUND! Incredible! Voices, instruments...amazing. Everything has a clearer, cleaner sound. Takes up very little space. Easy to install.
Cons:
I spend too much time in front of my PC already, this makes me want to stay after work, kick back, relax and listen.
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3 out of 5

The Engine

Written By DJANo, Columbus NE on Saturday, August 11, 2012
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It works I can not tell any difference so far. The shipping was fast as always with Crutchfield
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5 out of 5

Better computer sound for little $$$$$

Written By Brownjuan, Lenexa KS on Friday, July 20, 2012
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Paired with my A5 speakers, the D1 provides sound with better depth, more detail, and is simple to hookup. Music simply sounds better, particularly when encoded at a high bit-rate. Build quality is excellent, very easy to use, great value for the money. I trusted Audioengine for my speakers, they have come thru again with this DAC.
Pros:
Purchase value; build quality; performance.
Cons:
Reveals poor quality in audio sources (but that is expected!)
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5 out of 5

audiophile sound from a pc

Written By macord3ro, san juan PR on Saturday, July 07, 2012
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audiophile sound from a pc? no way. But this litle dac will blow out your mind. Is hard to belive the quality sound coming from the computer, I found myself hearing music for hours, what a difference this litle thing make, .
Pros:
clear, detailed sound, solid built.
Cons:
bad recordings will sound bad, no discrimination from this small piece of electronics.
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5 out of 5

Audioengine D1

Written By JohnP, McDonough, GA on Wednesday, July 04, 2012
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Delightful little machine. Impressed me more than the last $1500 receiver I bought.
Pros:
Does better than it purported to do.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Fantastic product

Written By Anonymous, Washington, DC on Friday, June 15, 2012
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This is a fantastic little product. The sound is fantastic, it is very small and handy, and it works without a hitch. I have tons of audio equipment (including three or four DACs), and this thing just rocks like the best of them. A no-brainer, as is the other Audioengine product I own, the Audioengine 2 speakers. At this point, anything this company makes in a product category I am shopping for will now be at the top of my list. And no better place to but it from than Crutchfield.
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5 out of 5

Audioengine D1

Written By TonyC, Chandler,, Arizona on Sunday, May 06, 2012
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I am so amazed on how much improvement I am getting out of my iTunes music from my laptop. I got goosebumps and smiles at the same time. The sound is crystal clear and detailed. I am getting goosebumps and smiles at the same time. Wow!!. I dont know what else to say. Audioengine D1 is the way to go. I purchased mine refurbished from Crutchfield. This item looks like new. Received on time and in really nice packaging. I highly recommend this DAC if you want into better audio quality from your music from your laptop.
Pros:
Small. Crystal clear audio quality. Cute and well built.
Cons:
Nothig that I ca't think of, other than keeping me more awake at nights listening to my music collection.
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5 out of 5

Perfect for Mac Pro

Written By AKDigital, Chicago, IL on Wednesday, April 18, 2012
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This is the perfect compliment to the power of the Mac Pro. I can use either the USB bus or the Optical Audio to deliver crisp and clean sound to my KRK monitors. Easy set up. No drop outs ever. I love this thing!
Pros:
Easy to use. Looks good. solid build. sounds great.
Cons:
none!
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5 out of 5

Ultimate Upgrade!

Written By Errol, Silver Spring, MD on Saturday, April 14, 2012
 
I purchased the D1 to use primarily as a headphone amp. My PC could not drive my Grado SR80s. I knew the Grados were not the problem as the SR80s sound great when connected to my stereo amp.

When I hooked up the D1 to my computer (Shuttle XPC w/ Win7) it immediately recognized the device and installed the drivers. I was up and running in under 5 minutes and wow. I had no idea how good the music from my PC could sound. The D1 provides a crystal clear signal. Not only is the power boosted but I am no longer getting any residual hum in the background between tracks, just a clear audio signal. An added bonus of the D1 is that it has breathed new life into my old Altec Lansing ATP3 speakers. Before I hooked them up to the D1 was getting a lot of buzz and hum when I turned them up. The D1 has fixed that problem and saved me from buying new speakers (at least delayed the purchase). The D1s crystal clear signal has the speakers bumping like new. If you want decent sound from music on your computer the D1 is a must have accessory.

Reference Music: - Blues Traveler - Blues Traveler - Trombone Shorty - Backatown - Tool - 10,000 Days - Dr. John - Locked Down - Dr. Dre - The Chronic - Rodrigo y Gabriela - 11:11 - Budos Band - Budos Band

Note: I used a 3.5mm Stereo Female to 2RCA Male cable I picked up from another retailer to connect the Altec Lansing speakers to the D1
Pros:
- Easy setup - Easy to use - Crystal clear signal - Quality build - Sounds great out of the box. Should improve with use.
Cons:
I am not getting enough sleep, because I am staying up late listening to my music collection.
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5 out of 5

D1 DAC is #1

Written By David R., York, PA on Friday, April 13, 2012
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bought this little device with really no expectations of it making a huge impact on my computer audio system. was I ever wrong. I made small incremental changes to my system. first it was the new laptop (HP Entertainment), then new speakers (M-Audio AV-40), then upgraded speaker cable (Monster), then the D1 DAC. once the D1 DAC and Audioquest USB cable were installed, I noticed a significant inprovement in overall clarity, detail and tighter bass. the speakers were now free of the HP sound card and able to really open up. these speakers now sound so much larger than they actually are and play much louder. so far I am very happy with the purchase right out of the box. no break in needed. have not tried with headphones yet.
Pros:
size of device improved clarity and detail in internet music ready to go out of the box easy installation
Cons:
volumne knob is sensitive
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4 out of 5

Audioengine D1

Written By StanC, La Habra,CA on Saturday, March 31, 2012
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Decent DAC for the pricepoint. I was looking a DAC to connect from my SENNHEISER HD650s and BOTTLEHEAD OTL CRACK. It is easy to use. Simple plug and play.
Pros:
Easy to Use, portable,
Cons:
nothing fancy, get what you pay for
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2 questions already asked

Are the speakers auto muted when plugging in the headphones? [ jeff  Jan 01, 2014 ]
12 answers
  • Yes. plugging in headphones will mute the speakers [ DANIEL   Jan 03, 2014 ]
  • Jeff, The answer is yes. When you use the headphone jack the rear analog outputs are muted. I am not sure about the digital outs. [ STEVEN   Jan 03, 2014 ]
  • Yes, Although I still check about ten times a day just to be safe. The rca outputs are disabled when headphones are plugged in. [ BRIAN   Jan 02, 2014 ]
  • Yes, the speakers are auto muted when you plug in headphones into the D1. [ NORMAN J   Jan 01, 2014 ]
  • Yes with the headphones plugged in and the audio engine D1 powered the speakers are muted. The headphones sound great as well. [ GORDON   Jan 01, 2014 ]
  • Yes they are. [ Peter   Jan 01, 2014 ]
  • yes [ Craig   Jan 01, 2014 ]
  • The answer is yes [ BRIAN M   Jan 01, 2014 ]
  • I can't say the speakers get muted, but when I forget to unplug my headphones, I have to turn the volume way up to get any sound from the speakers. [ michael   Jan 01, 2014 ]
  • Jeff r. Yes, the speakers I have connected are muted when I plug in my headphones. [ LARRY   Jan 01, 2014 ]
  • I don't own any headphones...sorry~ [ TODD   Jan 01, 2014 ]
  • Yes, it does. The setup manual states that the analog output will be muted also. [ DAVID   Jan 01, 2014 ]
will this unit (Audioengine D1) work with the optical out on a Blu-ay Dvd player (Sony BDP-S5100)? I'm looking to hook it up to my Linn sound system. Thanks, j Joe [ Joe O'Connell  Dec 30, 2013 ]
14 answers
  • Joe, Not sure....it has an optical output so it should work, cannot say for sure. I'm hooked up to my home office computer. Dan [ DAN   Jan 03, 2014 ]
  • I have not even tried the optical input. I got it mostly for the USB part to be able to listen to music on the computer. However, below is a quote directly from the owners manual which may be useful to you: The D1 can process digital audio at any bit depth up to 24 bits, and any sample rate up to 192KHz. The D1 USB input can accept a USB audio stream from your computer or other USB source device. The D1 optical input can accept optical (PCM stereo) streams from any optical (TOSLINK) source, such as TVs, Apple TV®, DVD/BluRay players, CD players, etc. Note: optical sources must be set to PCM Stereo. [ NICK   Jan 01, 2014 ]
  • I don't know if it will work with a DVD player, but it surely a nice set of headphones sound GREAT. I use it as an headphone amplifier on when listening to music on laptop. [ RORY P   Dec 31, 2013 ]
  • Joseph, I've never connected it to a DVD Blu-ray player, but I have used it with the optical out on my TV, and it worked just fine. I'm sure it would work with your Blu-ray. I love the D1, btw...I use it daily with my computer. Matt [ MATT   Dec 31, 2013 ]
  • Yes, we operate the unit that way with our Sony Blue-ray DVD player BDP-S580. [ ERIC L   Dec 31, 2013 ]
  • Also, the unit is powered through the USB port. I used my iPhone charger with success. If your TV has a powered USB port, you can hook into that as well with the cord supplied with the D1. [ CARL M   Dec 31, 2013 ]
  • Yes, but it will depend on the media. If the DVD is playing in a surround mode like 5.1, you will not have sound. Can you set the preference to 2 channel stereo? [ CARL M   Dec 31, 2013 ]
  • Joe, I can't definitively say. I do have the product and have been quite happy with it. I have it connected to my computer via standard RJ-45 network cable. I have it further connected to a pair of Emotiva 4 desktop monitors. From looking at your Blu-Ray player pics online, it appears you have this connector available. I believe it should work. What I would advise it to email Audioengine with the question. I also believe you can order the device and try with the understanding that you can return it. If I recall Crutchfield allows a return on the product within 30 days. [ BRIAN L   Dec 31, 2013 ]
  • It has an optical input so I assume it should. [ HAROLD   Dec 30, 2013 ]
  • Mine works perfectly with the optical out from my computer. You will still need to power it through the USB port. I use a USB cable and 120 V USB charger from my old iPhone. [ FRED N   Dec 30, 2013 ]
  • Hi Joe, yes it will, as long as your Blueray player,s optical output is set to PCMas this what it will see(Audioengine D-1). I have mine connected to a Technnics A-10 DVD Audio player and my computer, it works great!.The Priority function for the D-1,s inputs is optical..so if you have your computer USB pluged in it will not be useable, until the DVD player is turned Off. I hope this helps you..Ron P [ Ronald   Dec 30, 2013 ]
  • I agree with Richard W (above). The D1 can read stereo input only. 5.1 or 7.1 is a no-go. [ ROBERT   Dec 30, 2013 ]
  • I used optical out (with miniTosLink cable) from Apple Airport Express to the D1. Worked fine. [ ROBERT   Dec 30, 2013 ]
  • I can't say for sure, but I'm guessing it will -- this is assuming you configure your blu ray to transmit a stereo signal that is compatible with the D1's input (24/96 is the max I believe). If your blu ray is transmitting 5.1 or 7.1, my guess is that the D1 won't be able to decode it. Your best bet is to email audioengine to be sure. [ RICHARD   Dec 30, 2013 ]

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