dekkzz78 at gmail.com dekkzz78 at gmail.com
Mon Oct 9 17:25:33 UTC 2017

On 10/08, Ralf Mardorf wrote:
>On Sun, 8 Oct 2017 21:07:36 +0100, dekkzz78 at gmail.com wrote:
>>I have been offered a usb fiio dac and i was thinking
>>1) compatability with linux?
>google if that device is class compliant.
>>2) are there better more linux friendly DACs?
>You neither mentioned what product from the usb fiio DACs, nor for what
>purpose. However, class compliant audio device are "linux friendly",
>those that require a proprietary driver aren't. Regarding the purpose,

>maybe to get better output sound quality than provided by the onboard
>device, not only the quality of the used DAC is important, much
>important is the design of the analog circuit. A cheap device with a
>"BASS-OFF-ON"-switch is probably not what you want to use as a decent
>headphone amp.

Correct the laptop is a Thinkpad T61 and i find its output isn't as good as my X32 with its old 32bit chipset.

Although the T61 has an early digital output on it's dock which i might input into my hifi amp as a trial.

>For my taste the headphone amp of my RME HDSPe AIO is very good, while
>the two of my Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 don't fit to my needs, so I
>seriously doubt that I would like one of the fiio DACs, but I might be
>mistaken. Consider to read reviews about the DAC and amp chips they are
>using. I've seen they advertise by mentioning the DAC and amp chips
>for at least some of their products.

Thx good advice.

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