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2,235 of the 2,452 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars
Needless to say, I'm glad to discover this product. A $25 solution versus $250. The sound quality of the RCA output is every bit as good as HT OMEGA Claro Halo. I expect the output from the 3.5mm mini jack to be the same quality, although I have not tried it yet.
Compared to the internal soundcard of the new computer, this
On a far-ranging search on Amazon, I finally stumbled upon these DAC conversion boxes, and boy was I thankful. The FiiO DAC did exactly what I wanted: converting the Digital signal from my TV's digital audio output (including all my Music channels) with output directly into my 'old-style' graphics equalizers (2 in tandem). So
304 of the 338 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars
For the price this little DAC is a steal. I have owned Audio Alchemy, California Audio Labs, Parasound, Fosgate Audionics, and Emotiva DACs. The FiiO DAC is a "giant-killer" if you consider the price. Will it go head to head with a Mark Levinson? No. Does it provide an amazing improvement over
It's everything you want in a simple DAC: Sonically transparent with rock-solid reliability.
I gave it 3 stars because when it does what it is supposed to do, it is great. Being able to connect my Samsung to a Blue tooth audio transmitter and in turn my my wife's Bluetooth earbuds is a blessing. I can sleep while she is up late watching whatever. When it doesn't work, well...no sleep for me, thus 3 stars instead of 5.
I suspect that I got a bad unit. I'm going to
208 of the 236 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars
Note that this identical DAC can be found elsewhere online with other brand names on the casing. The original design was apparently by Muse Audio and has been widely copied by numerous overseas manufacturers and sold through many channels. In our experience the internal component quality does vary somewhat, although the general circuit
So I tested this Dac (Signstek HIFI USB ) vs the Realtek HD and also against an old USB Sound card based on the C Media- Multimedia Chipset (CM119 chip) (under $10.00, with headphone and mic jacks, many names at Amazon)
The receiver / amp is an older Onkyo and doesn't have HDMI in but does have S/PDIF and Coax digital in.
After connecting the USB to the Pi I was able to select the output type, connect to the receiver/amp via Optical and play music immediately.
Sound quality is outstanding when processing MP3, FLAC or even SACD.
Only one con. I left it running all night because I hadn't set up the remote app for the Pi. When I powered up the amp the next day there was a slight hissing / buzzing in the sound output. I thought maybe it was a grounding issue so I connected the HiFi USB to the amp with a small wire. No help.
I disconnected the USB, waited 10 seconds and reconnected. Hissing was gone.
If it happens again I will
390 of the 461 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars
I needed this device for a specific purpose. I wanted to use a bluetooth transmitter simultaneously with my amp's speaker output. The transmitter could take input from the headphone jack of my amp, but it shuts off the speakers. The amp has an analog line-level outputs, but it only outputs when the amp is receiving analog input. So to piece things together, I have the TV optical output lead into this device, which outputs to the amp's analog input, then the analog out from the amp goes to my bluetooth transmitter. Thus, I can have speakers on and the headphones on, or
293 of the 340 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars
253 of the 295 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars
YAY! This works.
This product comes with everything needed to connect the TOSlink digital audio output on a new HDTV to the stereo audio inputs on your older analog, stereo Audio Receiver system.
This product includes the TOSlink cable you need to plug into your HDTV. This product also includes the AC to 5V DC power transformer needed as well.
Note, I chose this vendor - Easycel - over the other, otherwise, identical units being sold on amazon, because this one comes with the AC/DC transformer for power, and the needed TOSlink cable, which the sellers of some similar units on amazon don't seem to be including with their package.
The installation of this converter box takes just a
159 of the 189 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars
Please note: You may need a 1/8-inch-to-RCA adapter if you don't already have one.
422 of the 492 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars
Does not work for what I wanted to use it for.
As a followup: The company contacted me and offered to send me a new device. I said fine as long as you think it
I had never used a toslink digital optical audio connection before, but I had an available digital optical output connection on the TV and decided to give it a try. (I had also ordered a 6-foot Amazon digital optical audio toslink cable for 5 dollars. Make sure you take the plastic shields off the ends of the toslink cable!!!) Installation of the ESYNIC digital to analog converter was very straightforward. I went into Settings-->Sound on the TV and made sure that PCM was selected. I attached the Sennheiser RCA-in cables to the ESYNIC digital to analog converter RCA-out connectors without difficulty. As expected, I needed to adjust the settings on the Sennheiser base unit a bit to optimize the connection. This
Customer service was very helpful and the suggested fix
343 of the 410 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars
I have increased my rating to 5 stars. I solved the problem of the burst of digital noise by connecting the D1 to a different USB port.
I really want to give this 5-stars because they transformed the sound I get from my computer. My AudioEngine A2 speakers at last live up to expectations and my Sony MDR-V6 headphones also sound great. I used a cheapo USB DAC previous to this one but the sound was very poor.. The problem with the AudioEngine D1 is that every once in a while it spews forth a burst of digital noise at full volume (regardless of volume setting) that frankly will scare the crap out of you the first few times it happens. The cheapo DAC never did this! For a DAC at this price and that is supposed to be audiophile-grade, this is really is not acceptable. But it
Checking my options I started looking at USB DAC, the price has dropped and thats why I hadn't been paying much attention. On the other hand the price of PCI good sound cards are ridiculous.
I can compare this to my ASUS Xonar ESSENCE ST - PCI card which I have used for years on another desktop. That is a great card and I've really enjoyed it for analog from the desktop to a stand alone amp with 2 full stereo speakers. That card
Because they work!
There’s all kinds of things you can say about price and what you expect... blah blah.
I am actually a professional in the A/V industry... so I can speak with just a tiny bit of experience.
The 1 star reviews I’ve read here seem... meh.
If you’ve got a taxed computer, old, loaded with things... lots of stuff going on.
Maybe you’ve visited to many NO-NO websites..?
I can tell you that I’ve used these in several installs that are demanding, they get used every day with sweaty fingers and people that know nothing about electronics.
Here’s the rub, they are used on laptops that don’t surf the Internet, don’t look at questionable web pages, they don’t run printers... have thumb drives or anything else.
These laptops have a network connection, ITunes and a NAS, that’s it.
No problems, not one.
Any problems have been environmental and easily fixed.
309 of the 367 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars
I tried this converter on a newer Samsung 4K TV, but I could not get any audio out of the optical port of the TV or cable box. I even tried a different optical cable to no avail. At least it works on the TV I need it to work on. Strange....
Edit 12-28-17: I got it to work with my newer Samsung 4K TV. guess I did not read the description well enough because I 'forgot' to switch the 'audio type' in the TV from DTS to PCM. As soon as I did, it worked. The sound is not as crisp as from other sources, but it is
many newer televisions only have digital audio out. if like me you have traditional wired speakers or want to use headphones you are out of luck. i had tried another similar item a few years ago but that one didn't work. this being powered via usb & based on reviews i had high hopes and wasn't disappointed. our
311 of the 347 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars
This little device fixed my problem! Plus the setup was VERY easy. All of the needed parts are included as well.
Additionally, if your TV has a dedicated USB power supply... the device will turn off when your TV if also off (at least that is what happens with my Samsung TV).
I now run an optical output to this box, and the box connects the audio wires (red & white). The sound is just as good as before (the voices are in
This particular combo comes with a set of RCA cables which seem to be very well made with goldplated connectors. In fact, I chose this combo particularly for that reason. It is only one dollar extra, but the cables would easily cost $8, or perhaps even well over $10 if you buy from Best Buy.
The optical cable included is also well-made, but kind of too thick, which I don't think is necessary, because the optical cable that came with my first Fiio D3 was just the opposite, very thin, but I had no issue with it.
64 of the 70 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars
Be careful with the Modi’s TOSLiNK connection - the flap is fragile. The Modi and Echo Link are a killer combo for adding good quality streaming audio to your wired stereo.
Minus two stars because they changed the casing finish from powder coated to brushed bare metal. Now it doesn't match my Schiit Sys. Customer support would do nothing for me, they wouldn't even let me buy a new (current finish style) enclosure for the Sys! So that basically tells me that they will refuse to sell you parts downstream if anything breaks. These essentially become non-serviceable throw-aways.
235 of the 285 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars
I immediately thought headphones but using them on a Samsung LED TV turned out more difficult than envisioned.
One can't just plug in the headphones or use traditional AV jack converters.
The problem with modern television is the digital output.
Traditional headphones are analog.
This is where this digital to analog converter comes in.
And glad to report that it works well.
Do not forget to get the one with the volume control ON the converter.
Volume control in the TV will not adjust volume on the DAC.
That is, the digital output is constant and has no control.
The DAC needs to do it.
Other than this minor inconvenience, I can finally enjoy a movie in its full glory without waking up my kiddies or purchasing an expensive an Bluetooth headphones or a stereo system.
2,239 of the 2,686 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars
Looking up what was available to rectify the situation, I first ordered from Amazon an Avantree aptX Low Latency Bluetooth Transmitter that had an optical input connection. It provided a very good Bluetooth connection to my Pyle amplifier, but no direct, hardwired audio connection, which I prefer to use. Researching further, I found the PROZOR, at a much cheaper price than the
It comes with a “Toslink” cable with protective plastic caps. After removing the caps, you plug one end into the port labeled “digital audio out” or “digital optical audio out” or “SPDIF” on your TV and plug the other end into the port labeled “SPDIF” on the Prozor box.
NOTE: The SPDIF ports are covered with a lid that moves out of the way when you insert the Toslink cable. You may have to find out the correct position by trial and error.
The converter box needs a 5 Volt power supply. It comes with a power cord that you can plug into a USB port on your TV
2. Did not work with Samsung TV, which has a 5.1 Dolby optical outlet.
This is a critical non-feature and must be included in the header, not in the fine print!!
3. Nowhere in the product page it states that the item is ineligible for returns. Amazon shared the reason with me: hazardous material - not mentioned on the product page either.
98 of the 123 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars
Anyhow. I would absolutely buy another one of these if I ever have the need. An affordable product that works exactly as it should is a
1,487 of the 1,915 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars
I setup the cables perfectly, turned everything on, and got nothing but static. Not exactly how you pictured a 5 Star review starting, huh?
Before packaging everything up and starting a return, i decided to check out these reviews. And here i read multiple accounts about people having the same issue with a simple fix.
If you set this up and hear static, check your TVs audio settings. It may be under the “advanced” or “expert” settings. You need to make sure it’s set to PCM (or an equivalent) and NOT Dolby. This converter cant handle the Dolby signal. (Which makes sense. You’re buying this converter to take an optical audio signal and convert it to the white/red left right RCA signal).
I made the adjustment on the tv, and instantly it’s working perfectly. My father in law is happy to have his new 4K
It's quite simple: the optical output port with the optical cables attach to the TV side of the converter and the
So I attached the convertor box via toslink to the TV's optical-out port. Then, from the other end of the box, connected red & white RCA cables with a female port (which I'm holding up in the first picture) to the male end of my small 3rd party Bluetooth transmitter (which of course has to be paired to ur headset). I had to have the LG sound out set to optical and then PCM (not Auto, the default), see 2nd photo.
And it works!! Awesome. I don't have to buy a new TV.
735 of the 964 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars
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I ordered this for my new Samsung 6300 series Smart TV which doesn't have RCA or headphone out, so I could still use my headphones on the treadmill. All the necessary cables were provided, and the install was easy. I got it to work just fine with the TV, but unfortunately when I used netflix or amazon instant video, the sound just stopped entirely. I tried looking into audio settings, etc. and tried converting to PCM (as was suggested by support) but nothing seemed to help, so it didn't work for what I needed it for.
But... the customer service was great. They emailed me when I ordered, and responded to emails promptly. They tried to help find a solution and when it was clear it likely wouldn't work, offered a refund on the product which was
As the headline reads, I have a JBL Charge 3 that just sits on my dresser for most of the time. Until now! Even the bass comes thru nice and clear. I have a 32" Samsung UN32J400D. TV speaker is awful. But now I have a minie soundbar I guess.. Either way, it's being utilized and sounds great!
905 of the 1,142 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars
I bought a FiiO D3 (D03K). Worked fine. Was very happy with it. Then after a few weeks the thing went bad, produced distorted sound. I got another one. Same story. Finally it dawned on me that it was permanently powered up. So I tried disconnecting the power feed, letting it cool off. And then it went back to working OK. Now whenever I wanted to watch TV I had to first go and plug in the USB power cable; when I was done watching, I had to go and unplug it. I was a slave to this overheating $25+ piece of junk.
Enough is enough. I shopped around and bought this Orei DA21. Seems to be a superior product. It automatically detects whether input is optical or co-axial (the FiiO
Product doesn't work when AC power is switched off and then on again. Solution: Do not turn off AC power to the unit.
Thanks to Amazon, I got a second unit shipped to me after I found a problem with Orei DA21X, as described in detail below. Alas, the second unit also has the exact same problem. Problem aside, the unit works as advertised, although I found the output signal a bit on the weak side, which, however, can be fixed by cranking up the volume.
When I connected the Orei DA21x between my LG TV's optical digital output (set to PCM output as recommended by Orei), it seemed to work initially. However, the
505 of the 624 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars
I must say that I am thoroughly impressed with the seller of this item! Their support should be a model and example to others. They made good on the faulty USB power cable where everything is now working perfectly. Thank you so much for taking the time to care about one customer. I look forward to continued business with you.
I admit I am a techie kind of guy but really this device and the setup isn't too complicated. A) Remember to take off the plastic tabs as others have said or the digital cable will not go into either your device
100 of the 130 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars