NuForce uDAC-2 USB DAC/Headphone Amp (Playback 40)
14 July 2011
Excerpt: Depending on your point of view, these are either interesting or confusing times in the audio world because of changes in the concepts behind pieces of audio gear. D/A conversion, server architectures, and packaging for desktop and mobile use are all in flux.
Summary: The USB DAC packs great sound quality and convenience into one small package. Even compared to premium sound cards like Asus Xonar D2X, the uDAC-2 can stand out in a class of its own and it certainly makes a convincing case at $129.
Pros: Great sound quality, Solid build quality, Small form factor, Easy to use/set up
Cons: Sacrifices some fine details for smoothness, Price may not be for everyone
Conclusion: While the uDAC-2 comes with specs any audio geek would love, it really comes down to the sound quality. Just ask yourself: With the uDAC-2, is the audio improved? Yes. Is it richer? Yes. Is it less distorted? Yes. Is it all worth it? Heck, yes.
Pros: Amazing sound improvement over iMac and MacBook DACs, USB powered, Simple to set up