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a linux-friendly DAC for listening to high-fidelity music
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labbe5

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PostPosted: Sun 16 Apr 2017, 15:01    Post subject:  a linux-friendly DAC for listening to high-fidelity music  

https://opensource.com/article/17/4/fun-new-gadget

The author is a music fan and a linux user. Inspired by his love of music, he bought a linux-friendly DAC to listen to his digital music library.
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greengeek


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PostPosted: Tue 18 Apr 2017, 02:09    Post subject:  

Ha, somewhat ironic that his favourite piece of audio equipment is called Schiit Audio. Smile
Thanks for the link.
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chris20

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PostPosted: Tue 25 Apr 2017, 13:44    Post subject:  

My son has a somewhat older Fiio (not in the house to check the model number), but I've never really carefully listened to any of their products, so all I can talk about are the features, not the sound. Said that, it seems to me the Q1 is serving a different market than the Fulla.

First of all, it contains a battery, so it can be used together with a phone or tablet to listen and to augment the power. The Fulla contains an auxiliary power INPUT which can be fed by a cell or tablet charger, in case its signal source is not capable of providing enough power. Given that, the Q1 sounds like a good idea for those long flights where the phone's battery might not last, whereas if one were to use a Fulla for that, they would need to be able to access a USB charging port at their seat.

Second, the Fulla has both fixed and variable line-level outputs as well as the headphone out; so given a set of powered speakers or a power amplifier, its variable line out can drive those; and given an integrated amp or receiver or pre-amp, its fixed level out can drive those.

Third, the Q1 has a "bass boost" switch, if that's useful.

Aside from that, the Fulla uses a pretty high-end DAC chipset, the AKM4390, which is seen in lots of pricier gear, and provides about 2X the power into 32 ohms.

And not insignificantly, the Fiio is 2/3 the price of the Fulla.
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