If you’re into your music you might of bought yourself a pair of really nice headphones and then connected them to your desktop or laptop computer. More often than not, computers will feature some sort of integrated audio solution (such as Realtek) which will do the trick but if you’re after a fantastic audio experience you might be considering an alternative solution.
Whilst you can whack a sound card in a desktop computer you’re still up the creek when it comes to a laptop unless you use a USB solution but not all of these are created equally.
Being the Kickstarter browser that I am, I have come across the GEEK USB DAC (that a Digital to Analogue Convertor). This claims to be more than an ordinary DAC and maybe the mention of high resolution in the title might have caught your attention. Well, this DAC goes all the way up to an astonishing 384KHz which is an amazing number on paper but having not listened to audio encoded at this rate I can’t attest to exactly how good the quality is compared to 48KHz audio recordings.
There are some other benefits though.
The GEEK is also an amplifier which is a welcome addition if you’ve found that your computer audio is never loud enough.There are now three GEEK models which offer varying levels of amplifications 450 mW, 720 mW and 1W. Plus, it sports two headphone outputs so you can listen with a friend and both enjoy the audio experience or maybe just leave two pairs of headphones connected.
I’ve not backed this project myself but I am close to pulling the trigger but the fact that it is USB and can be used on most computers with a USB port. I’ll let you know if I take the plunge though 🙂
Edit: 29/08/2013 – I gave in – project backed!