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Whats the role of a DAC and is it totally different to a dedicated sound card?

1) A DAC's job is to create an analog sound signal from digital samples. Digital audio is, at it's most basic, a series of digital samples that indicate the amount of pressure change happening at ...
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What is gain when the input is digital and the output is analogue?

0dBFS 1kHz sine defines a peak value. Alignment of audio levels is usually done at an RMS level of -18dBFS or -20dBFS depending on the standard you are applying. The line level alignment level that ...
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What is the difference between DAC, Sound Card and AMP?

Strictly speaking a "DAC" is a "Digital to Analogue Converter" which is a specific and critical component of the audio processing chain that connects a digital audio processing system with your ...
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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. Please explain WHY you can't just plug them into the existing headphone jack on your device (Macbook?) What is the difference between ... DAC A ...
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Is analog or digitally stored audio better sounding?

If you store at high enough sampling rate / bitrate and bit depth, digital storage will be better, because it does not degrade. Every form of analogue storage degrades over time, whether played or not,...
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Is analog or digitally stored audio better sounding?

From a sound design point of view, digital recordings are a lot easier to edit and this opens up a world of possibilities for us. For example, editing in a DAW can be done pretty much visually but ...
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Is there any difference when listening to 16bit music through a DAC with more effective bits?

The only possible theoretical benefit is that the DAC is less likely to introduce artefacts, as its resolution is considerably higher than the source. I reality, this should be so negligible, I'd ...
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What role do the amplifier & dac play in sound imaging?

Very simplified. I assume a typical stereo setup, two speakers and no subwoofer. .1 The amplifier has two channels. The job of the amplifier is only to amplify the input signals: left input signal is ...
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How to know if studio monitors are loud enough?

Your first priority here should be your own hearing. Check the actual sound levels in the room. Listening to anything over 75dB for prolonged periods (as we doo with music and sound design) WILL cause ...
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so I have a USB-C DAC, can I use USBC-to-USBA adapter?

TL;DR - Yes Most of these USB adaptors are simply connectors wired together - no electronics. This means that there is nothing that will change or impede data in any way. There are a few cases where ...
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Is a cheap external DAC sufficient to connect 4x 250W powered PA speakers and an active subwoofer?

This will depend entirely on the output level from the DAC. If it is sufficient to drive the input of the PA, then you should be good, otherwise you'll want some kind of preamp before the PA input ...
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Using a 2 Stereo to Mono RCA cables to mix two inputs into one output

It will possibly work without too much sound degradation. Simply try it, things will not break. But, you run into a number of possible things , which in your exact case may be problems or not. Ground ...
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What amplifiers or other ICs offer fine digital volume control (0.1dB steps)?

The easiest, and possibly the most precise would be to adjust the amplitude of the generated sine wave while still in the digital domain. In analog domain, 0.1 dB change of power corresponds to 2% ...
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How to know if studio monitors are loud enough?

First, JBL104 use 4.5" woofers. The amount of air they can move is rather limited. Their reproduction starts at 60Hz which is way above the fundamental of most bass instruments. There is no ...
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Why do we need a DSD-capable DAC to play back DSD files?

It is possible to decode DSD and send it to your normal DAC. It will make a sound, as good as your normal DAC can do. Do a search for "dsd to wav converter". I am not clear if it can be done ...
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How can a single PC soundcard process multiple digital inputs to different analog devices?

PS: I'm NOT talking about sending the digital output to a device with its own DAC, but more precisely producing two analog outputs. Actually, you are. For a device to have a unique audio stream, it ...
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Is a cheap external DAC sufficient to connect 4x 250W powered PA speakers and an active subwoofer?

Depends on the converter. When I enter '5.1 DAC' in Amazon's search box, the first couple of results are converters with only 2 RCA outputs. There are also DACs with 6 outputs (which is what you want),...
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Converting DI signal to analog to record from an amp

I have great news for you! What you are trying to do (re-amping) is actually very common in the recording world, and there are boxes specifically designed for this purpose. Radial makes a great re-...
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Is there any difference when listening to 16bit music through a DAC with more effective bits?

No. And of course, "theoretically" it is not "exactly the same". But 16bit resolution is more than your reproduction and listening equipment is able to deal with. Higher resolution DAC and ADC are ...
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Scarlet Solo 2nd + AT2020 noise problem appears after some time

Sounds like a buffer problem to me. Try increasing the buffer in the software and see if it fixes the problem. Both items you bought are very decent so I doubt it's a hardware problem, especially ...
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Is the quality of a DAC related to software implementation?

The ADC (Analog-to-digital converter) and the DAC (Digital-to-analog converter are the gateways between the real analog world of electrons and the digital binary world; While it is possible that some ...
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Is the quality of a DAC related to software implementation?

Your title question is different to the main question you ask in the body of your post, so you may want to change it a little! However, in response to your main question:- DACs, whether external ...
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Latency optimization (DAC?)

All the ultra-low latency DACs are either Firewire or PCI, not USB. Completely by coincidence, I was looking at Gearslutz yesterday & came across this Audio Interface - Low Latency Performance ...
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Macbook's DAC vs external / in-speaker DAC

I have a 2008 Macbook hooked up via headphone jack to my McIntosh receiver. The sound is incredible (this is also true for my 2004 Dell laptop). I have a much newer HP laptop that puts out terrible ...
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