There's an intimidating range of audio products available to us and whether its headphones, smartphones, speakers or even streaming services, they’re all promising you incredible sound. But there’s an undisputed way you can make your existing setup simply - better. By adding a DAC.
For those of you new to this concept, you’ll want to understand exactly what’s behind this sharp sounding acronym before you take our word for it so read on…
So what is a DAC?
A DAC, or digital to analogue converter, is the device that translates digitally stored information from a laptop, iPod or other such device into the analogue sound that we can hear.
Why does a signal need to be converted at all?
The original analogue sound made by our favourite bands and artists are recreated in a digital format for our storing convenience – i.e. MP3, FLAC or Apple Lossless. While computers can understand these digital signals, we as humans (assuming our readership is of this world) cannot, nor can your speakers or headphones. So before we can listen to it, the digital signal needs to be returned once more to analogue. This is the function kindly undertaken by the DAC which will be built into your laptop or music player. The better the DAC, the higher quality the conversion and therefore the better sound you’ll hear from your speakers/headphones.