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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Please check your local sales tax laws. Send a link to this item so recipient can review, customize or exchange for an alternate of equal or lesser value. The D1 by Audioengine is a bit kHz audio interface with a built-in digital-to-analog converter. In Stock Update Location close. Enter new zip code to refresh estimated delivery time. Update F1 Zip Code. Order in the next 0: The D1 is USB powered and features a built-in headphone amp making it a great solution as a portable headphone preamp as well.

Type Digital to analog conversion: D1 Bit Digital to Analog Converter is rated 4. It really sounds great and the design is so simple and functional. It super loud if you have headphones with low impedance. So I was a little disappointed there, but than again aufioengine takes another kind of beast to run the ‘s. So I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for great sound for a very reasonable price.

It’s almost cheap considering the quality and what it could do. Rated 5 out of 5 by Digitalchkn from Little audioengine that could What can I say? An great balance between sound quality and value. In fact, I wouldn’t say that there is any compromise in sound quality at all.

When paired up with my headphones it presents a rather warm presence with emphasized audioengihe mids but without any compromise in bass and well extended smooth highs. It has no trouble driving low impedance 32ohms headphones with plenty overhead. Given the value it’s a no-brainer for anyone serious about best music experience without shelling out for an expensive setup. Later digital circuits were so slow that they could barely handle audio.

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It was in this environment that Audioenvine came into existence with their Not really sufficient, its still with us today. I asked why we were going backward technologically. Now more and more music is available for download in FLAC and other lossless formats and at high bit rates.


The question is how to play these files. Your computer sound card can play usually up to audioenngine, but with noise and hum from the computer and less than optimal analog output circuits.

What Hi-Fi?

It takes digital output from the computer and converts is to analog. I decided that I was not going to spend big bucks, at least until I could play with one. I chose the D1, not just because of the price, but because it got good reviews and the company that makes it seems to produce innovative products. The device arrived and I connected it to my MacBook Pro and was listening to music in literally moments – its that simple.

The D1 has both USB and optical inputs. I ordered a 3. You need the adapter with the Mac because the optical output is recessed into the headphone jack. Audioengine suggests a hour break-in time for optimal results. Some have questioned why a solid state device needs a break-in. My digital gurus opine that this time is used to create error correction tables in the DAC. 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.

This is not a bad thing and many devices are designed this way. Remember no matter what a DAC costs, it uses sampling and errors will always exist to some degree. The next requirement to use a DAC is software that plays your music files. There are a lot on the market. It seems the best for high bitrates, but crashes sometimes.

Anyway, you will need some software to go with the box. I am now close to 50 hours and can make some informed comments about the D1: It sounded OK right out of the box, but after the break-in the sound is great. I don’t need any equalization – the sound is that good. Hardware set-up in quick and easy. Fine tuning your software is more of a challenge, but that’s not the D1’s fault.

Unit is powered through its USB port. I’m using an external power supply.

This reduced hum and noise that were coming from the Mac’s port. In any case, if you’re using optical connections, you can save the USB port for something else. Best results will be acheived with high quality music files. There’s a lot of mediocre stuff on CD’s and that can’t be helped. With a good DAC you will get the best possible result.

Direct downloads of high bitrate and bit depth files are a must. The unit is very small and well built. It has both line level and headphone outputs. I use the line out to connect to my sound system. The headphone jack mutes the line out when you want to use phones. The volume comtrol works on both outputs. Output level is quite good. It works best with lower impedence headphones.


I have a vintage pair of Sennheiser HD’s that are ohms. The unit cannot drive these well. If you need to use this type of phone get an external amplifier. High impedence phones are rare these days anyway. Line level ouputs use very high quality gold plated RCA jacks. Signal to noise ratio and dynamic range seem excellent.

Music has a clarity and depth that I have not heard from my system before. Small size means that I can take it on the road with me. There are all sorts of comments on the net about DAC’s. Some prefer a certain chipset over another, others talk about color and depth of sound from one unit over another.

There are discussions about dithering. There is even a high priced unit that uses tubes for its analog output. The bottom line is that, if you’ve never used a DAC before, start with this one.

You can always spend big bucks later you’ll end up upgrading your whole system.

I s1 the optical connection for ultimate quality. But when I got it, It became clear that I had nothing to worry about! Wonderful, Clean, accurate sound. Excellent for both Classical music and hot Jazz. It can also f1 as a preamp, so you could connect powered speakers, or a power amp and full size speakers. Although it works well usb powered from my Mac Mini, I advise getting the AC adapter so you are not draining usb power from other usb devices.

Well packaged, come with a carry pouch, good fit and Finnish, responsive customer support. Simply Excellent at any price, fantastic at this price! Paired with any good headphones, you can transform your notebook or any computer into a HiFi CD player, bypassing the usually poor quality sound cards that come embedded in the computers.

Just plug, play and enjoy!! Rated 3 out of 5 by Jeffrey from Superb Sound and one aggravating quality issue Sound Quality is not lacking for anything. Sound is significantly better than my on-board HD audio.

It delivers clean clear accurate sound. D1 is great for listening to orchestral music. I use the D1 audiodngine Windows 10 and Finale and Mixcraft. I only use it with headphones and like that it can also be used with speakers. Audioejgine got great results with a USB 2.