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Is the quality of a DAC related to software implementation?

I am not an audiophile. I have heard many times that hardware X has good/bad DAC. The "has" signifies that DAC is a kind of separate chip inside it. As far as I know, DAC is an algorithm to fill in ...
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Macbook's DAC vs external / in-speaker DAC

I notice there are more and more speakers accepting digital inputs (USB / optical). I never had a chance to listen to those myself, so I wonder how would you compare sound quality of macbook's DAC ...
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Scarlet Solo 2nd + AT2020 noise problem appears after some time

So I bought the audio equipment mentioned in the title recently and I have been having some problems with it. After some time, randomly (Today it happened two times for example) mic starts going ...
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DAC on a player with only HDMI and USB out

I have an nVidia Shield box which outputs only by HDMI. You can also attach a USB DAC for audio output. With no line out or anything else analog, would I be right in my belief that this box (and ...
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What is the difference between DAC, Sound Card and AMP?

I am looking for a hardware to plug-in the headphones (Beyerdynamic DT770 PRO 250 Ohm). 1) What is the difference between DAC, Sound Card and AMP? I'm wondering about clear difference between these ...
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What is gain when the input is digital and the output is analogue?

I understand that the gain of an amplifier is the ratio between its input and its output. E.g., a 6dB gain means that a 3V input gets amplified to 6V. How is the gain defined if the input is a 16-bit ...
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Is a cheap external DAC sufficient to connect 4x 250W powered PA speakers and an active subwoofer?

I want to set up a 4.1 surround sound "square" (5m x 5m) at the end of a long room (5m x 18m) for an art installation which will run for a few months, where participants will stand in the middle of ...
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Latency optimization (DAC?)

My Ableton shows that I have input and output latency = 11.6ms, so in total it's 23.2 ms. I think it's too much. I'm using Focusrite Saffire 6 (usb 1.1) and I wonder if I should but sth with 2.0 usb......
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Why has my amplifier different sample rates for usb and spdif?

I have an emotiva ta-100 amplifier with 96khz/24bit usb and 192khz/24bit spdif. I always assumed it uses the same dac for both, so why does it have different sample rates for each input? I could ...
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Whats the role of a DAC and is it totally different to a dedicated sound card?

I am watching Deadmau5 masterclass and he says you definitely need a proper DAC, and to not use the computer's builtin DAC. Whats exactly does a DAC do? Is it a separate device or can I get one in a ...
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Is there any difference when listening to 16bit music through a DAC with more effective bits?

I have a Bifrost 2 Uber Multibit which has a AD5547CRUZ DAC (a true 16bit multibit). Both Schiit and other companies can produce DACs with an even higher number of effective bits, such as 19bit or ...
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Converting DI signal to analog to record from an amp

My idea is to record "clean" electric guitar and electric bass signals directly my Focusrite Scarlett 6i6, going into Ableton Live. Then I can edit the signal and piece together different takes to get ...
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Headphones and XLR mic wont work with DAC at the same time

I have been using a Neewer XLR mic paired with the Behringer UM-2 DAC for a while now and have had an ongoing problem that had not bothered me until quarantine happened. I can not get the headphone ...
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Sound Card VS DAC Unit

I'm planning to upgrade the audio on my PC (my mobo currently has integrated Realtek ALC892 which doesn't sound that good) and am wondering if I would be a better idea to get a sound card (PCIE or ...
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How can a single PC soundcard process multiple digital inputs to different analog devices?

How is it possible for a single PC soundcard, which I assume only have one DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) to process multiple digital inputs and route the analog outputs to different devices? For ...
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Is analog or digitally stored audio better sounding? [closed]

I see a lot of these analog/digital wars explaining how tape or records sounds better than a DAC. Both sides argue with each other a lot so it is hard to actually know what to use. From my ...