I am currently using a Focusrite Clarett 4 Pre as my dedicated DAC, and I own a separate headphone amplifier. Given that I already own a mid-high end audio interface for instrumentation, would I see significant benefits from moving to an audiophile oriented product? If so, what are the different sonic characteristics of various dac chips so I can make a somewhat informed purchase? The unit I have uses an AKM 4413 4 channel DAC chip (not sure what this means relative to the competition lol). Thanks!
Same drama here. Mine is on the lower spectrum though, the Scarlett 6i6. It is good to know they’ve put a better DAC chip as one moves up in the portfolio.
We both know the answer is yes, but I don’t have a direct answer for you in this regard. The good news is the coaxial digital out from your Clarret which can go to any DAC you want.
I’m on a DAC quest myself. I have reasons to get a couple of options, but I also have reasons to wait a little more and see what is coming this year.
For DAC recommendations, the best thread is probably here:
Thanks for the advice! I’ve always wondered about those COAX connectors; I didn’t know if they were only for ADAT or if they could also be used for standard digital audio out. I will keep looking around and see if there’s anything worth moving too. Cheers!
In one of my setups I have this audio chain:
FiiO K3 coax out -> Focusrite coax loop (in/out) -> Modi 3 coax in.
Hope that helps.