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Reddit reviews on Syba Sonic USB 24 Bit 96 KHz DAC Digital to Analog Headphone Amplifier 2 Stage EQ Digital / Coaxial Output and RCA Output

Sentiment score: 40
Reddit mentions: 87

We found 87 Reddit mentions of Syba Sonic USB 24 Bit 96 KHz DAC Digital to Analog Headphone Amplifier 2 Stage EQ Digital / Coaxial Output and RCA Output. Here are the top ones.

Operation Amplifier: TI LM4562 x1 powered by USB PortSampling Rate for DAC: 24bit/96KHz (Max.)Integrated De-pop Function for Suppress Pop Noise During PC Power-up and ShutdownSupport 3.5mm or 1/4" Jack headphone jackEasy Plug and Play. No Driver or Software Installation Required (Except for S/PDIF output)Operation Amplifier: TI LM4562 x1 powered by USB PortSampling Rate for DAC: 24bit/96KHz (Max.)Integrated De-pop Function for Suppress Pop Noise During PC Power-up and ShutdownSupport 3.5mm or 1/4" Jack headphone jack

Found 87 comments on Syba Sonic USB 24 Bit 96 KHz DAC Digital to Analog Headphone Amplifier 2 Stage EQ Digital / Coaxial Output and RCA Output:

u/givemeyournews · 6 pointsr/headphones

My Encore mDac has been working intermittently as of late. I have the pleasure of listening to headphones for about 6 hours of my work day, so having a DAC/Amp combo at my desk is nice. However, with a 4 week old baby, my budget was super limited. I came across the Syba Sonic SD-DAC63057 and decided to give it a try. It checked all the boxes. Cheap ($37). No driver install needed (work computer, can't install anything). Enough power (100mw) to drive my IEMs and more sensitive over ears. USB only power.

Full specs can be found here

The unit features variable line outs, top mounted volume knob, optical out, coax digital out, usb in (for power and signal), mic input, 3.5mm input, 3.5mm headphone out, and 1/4" headphone out (both headphone outputs work simultaneously.

The unit has indicator lights to show what signal is being received (96, 44, or 44.1), and an indicator light of sorts that flashes with the music, that comprised of a red and blue LED. Kind of neat.

The unit also features a hardware EQ that includes a 7db (yes, 7db!) treble boost, a direct no EQ option, and a 7db bass boost. The hardware EQs are a bit much for me, and I find I leave the unit set to direct most of the time. However, there is one expectation. I have set of custom reshelled Ultimate Ears Triple.Fi 10's, and in the process, the treble took about a 6db drop. So, for that one set of CIEMs, the treble boost is just right. However, that is a pretty oddly specific scenario, and I would imagine most people won't want to use the hardware EQ.

Of note, the device is always on, as there is no power switch. The volume knob has the most minute channel imbalance as the absolute lowest setting. And, there is an uncomfortable audible crackle / pop when plugging in sensitive headphones to the 3.5mm headphone out. All be it, it doesn't seem to be enough to damage anything.

I have successfully used the Syba Sonic DAC/Amp with my Chromebook, MacBook Air, and my Windows 7 work PC. I have not tried it on a Windows 10 device, but after scouring the Amazon “reviews” it seems that it may not play nice with all Win10 installs so YMMV. As the unit is not battery powered, it won’t work with mobile devices.

When compared head to head with my Encore mDac, the Syba Sonic unit sounds a tad better. The bass is a bit fuller and the treble has just a hair more sparkle. Detail representation is on par, if not better than anything in this price range. All in all, for $37 I am super pleased with the purchase. I love the design with the volume knob on top. And the fact that the RCA outs are variable makes this a great option for those that want a budget option to use with powered monitors.

I have run the unit, as mentioned, with my CIEM reshelled TF.10's, as well as with my UM3X, Fischer Audio FA-003 wooden cup over ears, NAD VISO HP50's, AKG K7XX, and handful of other mid-range to lower IEMs. I did find that it struggled a bit to run the K7XX with any authority, but all the other headphones / IEMs I have tried have worked just fine. The only other negative is that, with the volume knob at full tilt, there is an audible hiss on most sensitive headphones (read: 32ohm and below).

I would recommend this unit for anyone with a tight budget that wants a somewhat feature rich DAC/Amp. It would also make a great external sound card thanks to the mic input.

u/RagingFiddler · 6 pointsr/buildapcsales

Wow this was a really helpful post, especially to beginners like me! Thanks so much! While I don't have a problem with noise or volume currently, I was thinking of buying something budget friendly like the SybaSonic SD-DAC63057 in order to have basically an external soundcard on my desk. Currently I have to drape the short cord of these Phillips across my body to my PC on my right, and the cord is just plugged in to the top/front audio jack. It would be nice to have an easy-to-use USB DAC/amp on my desk to my left so I can have easier cord management, sound out of my PC to eliminate any risk of interference, and a nice analog volume control to boot :) but I will DEFINITELY keep this post saved if/when I upgrade to the next step :D

u/Kanjiex · 4 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Syba Sonic SD-DAC63057 24bit 96KHz USB 2.0 as recommended by Zeos. Has all the output you'd need at an affordable price. And I'm not sure if it's a fact or not but Syba Sonic is referred to as the OEM for Micca Origen.

Have it on my desk right now. Cannot ask more for a $38 budget DAC/Amp.

u/SlamballReunionTour · 4 pointsr/headphones

You don't want to plug a splitter into 2 separate sources, you'll get grounding loop issues - at the very least static hiss you can audibly hear. If it's purely for gaming, look into a simple cheap but proven device like the Syba Sonic dac/amp that can power a 58X just fine. https://www.amazon.com/Syba-Digital-Headphone-Amplifier-Coaxial/dp/B009WN7QT4/

u/Route66_LANparty · 4 pointsr/buildapcsales

I bought these a few years back. Turned me into a huge Sennheiser fan boy. The comfort and durability alone are notable. Add-in that the sound quality brings you into the realm of audiophile-grade and you have a huge reason to buy whenever they go on sale.

I have the 558 in my laptop bag for gaming on the go, a pair of HD518 for use with the Vive, and the Massdrop HD6xx on my main PC setup.

I've been wanting to grab another set for work, was hoping to grab the 598 and "complete the set." But this is tempting.


I use the following replacement cables with mine:

u/Jonners_90 · 3 pointsr/Gaming_Headsets

The controller output is limited (the mic should be fine though). I have literally the exact same setup but you're going to need an external DAC/amplifier if you want your head to rumble with sound. I have one from SMSL and then plug the Modmic into my controller with a y splitter. The cheapest one recommended by the mod here I see is the Syba unit (this one has mic input too):


Use the U.S site if you're located there.

u/FatS4cks · 3 pointsr/headphones

Might be a grounding issue. Make sure all the cables are all the way in and in the right spots. Also make sure you're using the cable that splits the mic and headphones since iirc they come with both a mobile and pc cable. I doubt that it's an issue with your mobo powering the headphones, but a solution to both the grounding issue and powering would be either the Creative Sound Blaster E1 or the Syba Sonic DAC/AMP. Both of these should be more than enough to power Game Ones and they both come with separate jacks for the audio and mic which would solve grounding problems.

u/clashtom · 3 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

Have you seen this one before?


Syba Sonic Amp/Dac

u/pasimp44 · 3 pointsr/buildapc

> if enable the checkbox to hear your own mic in windows I hear the background noise too.

Enabling additional processing for stuff like this will always result in some unwanted noise/feedback, in my experience. I would recommend turning all that shit off. Unfortunately, mic loopback isn't included as a standard function when you use a non-gaming headset. It's something that's often built in to the usb soundcards or technology most gaming headsets come with. There is a cheap DAC/AMP combo that includes this feature though. It appears as an option under playback device properties in windows and works pretty well.


Also, having open back headphones helps lessen the need for mic loopback since you can naturally hear yourself talk a bit. Closed back or noise cancelling headphones give you that "ear plugs in" effect that makes it very hard to hear yourself without mic loopback.

u/SH4D0WxHUN · 3 pointsr/PS4

Cheap but not bad: FX Audio DAC-X6

Cheap with mic but never tried: Syba Sonic

Expensive but good: Mayflower ARC

u/5had0w5talk3r · 3 pointsr/linux_gaming

Don't go with internal sound cards. Your PC is hell when it comes to audio because of all the electricity going around to all the components. Internal solutions are completely outdated and will be noisier with lots of static.

If you have no need for any professional inputs (XLR, MIDI, etc.) I recommend either the Syba Sonic DAC-Amp on the cheaper end, or the Sennheiser GSX 1000 on the pricier end which does a lot the more "premium" settings other cards do on-board (no drivers needed) which is largely just EQ anyway.

u/KantoLiving · 3 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Keep in mind the DAC on the YU4 is through optical, if you don't have an S/PDIF output on your mobo you'd have to pick up a budget audio interface, something like the Syba Sonic would be sufficient:


Feel free to PM me if you have any questions about the YU4!

u/aild4ever · 2 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

Syba Sonic USB best DAC/AMP combo reviewed by Z reviews and also Randomfrankp it's only $40, i'll be getting it as well

u/fozon · 2 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

Antlion just announced their ModMic Wireless, it looks nice. But maybe they are too pricey for your budget.

As it was already suggested a Sivga SV007 with a Vmoda Boompro should be good. Or a Custom Studio + Vmoda Boompro.

However with those it might not be practical to always unplug them and vice versa. An external unit with a dedicated microphone port like the Syba Sonic could help you though.

u/Jiveturkeyjibbajabba · 2 pointsr/buildapc

There is this. Which makes your headphones sound better.

Or there is this. Which is just a inline audio controller.

u/tehNOViCE · 2 pointsr/ZReviews

I second this, I bought mine back in June, and I use them every day, they are great. I paired them with this - and I love it. https://www.amazon.com/Syba-Digital-Headphone-Amplifier-Coaxial/dp/B009WN7QT4/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=syba+amp&qid=1575141516&sr=8-1

u/shunned_one · 2 pointsr/headphones


I haven't had time to really jump back and forth between my onboard sound and the syba, but yeah it's better, especially for $40. The switch for bass boost and treble boost is the nicest feature, depending on what kind of game you're playing.

u/TyGamer125 · 2 pointsr/ZReviews

Yes you can run them through mixamp.

Should you is probably a no as according to Zeos in his a40 review he said the only headphone that sounds good with the mix amp is the a40s because it's doing some processing to make them sound good which in turn makes other headphones sound bad.

That question depends on a few things. Can you plug then directly into the back of your motherboard and do they sound good there? Specifically is there a bunch is background static noise? If there is this might be a solution.. If you have one near you, you could always try an audio store and listen to your headphones there.

A DAC stands for digital to analog converter and an amp just amplifies an analog audio signal so it's loud enough. These are separate items but you can find combo ones like the one I listed. A sound card is a DAC/amp that is build into you motherboard or installed in the pci slot of your PC. Most DAC/amp combos plug in via some digital form with the most common for desk stuff being USB.

If you have any more questions let me know.

u/MaximusTheGreat20 · 2 pointsr/HeadphoneAdvice

are you using cloud 2 with the usb dongle,that dongle cant power the bass range it sound very bloaty,the cloud 2 have better bass than m40x once powered well,get thishttps://www.amazon.com/Syba-SD-DAC63057-Stereo-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B009WN7QT4 should be noticeable tighter punchier bass also you need a 3.5mm splitter 1xfemale to 2xmale jack.

u/myusernayme · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

Yes. Basically these gaming headsets that you buy from corsair, razer, Logitech etc with their "7.1 surround sound, rgb lighting, cheap build quality and more aren't really the smartest investment. Getting a decent pair of open back headphones with good imaging and soundstage will not only sound a whole lot better but will have much greater sound pinpointing than" 7.1 surround sound". Basically, they're cheaply built, sound mediocre and have fake "surround sound". You can get a decent pair of openback headphones with good imaging, this sybasonic dac amp https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009WN7QT4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_QJf-Bb3EMR0CQ
And attach a mic like the v moda boom pro and you have a much better setup.

u/Madshadow85 · 2 pointsr/buildapc

You need to decide if you want open or closed back. I prefer open back for gaming. I find them more comfortable because the breath.

I’d look at these:

Philips SHP9500 HiFi Precision Stereo Over-Ear Headphones (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ENMK1DW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_CMBADb4MV5PBC

This mic just plugs right in and is also you cable:

V-MODA BoomPro Microphone for Gaming & Communication - Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BJ17WKK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_oNBADbW90ZHY1

And to round it out this dac/amp:

Syba Sonic USB 24 Bit 96 KHz DAC Digital to Analog Headphone Amplifier 2 Stage EQ Digital / Coaxial Output and RCA Output https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009WN7QT4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_xOBADbE9EEVQF

This set will blow any astros away and their mixamp.

u/TheGoodManJohnFarson · 2 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Yup. He's right about Skype. I second Discord, as far as features go. However, the sound quality isn't as good as Teamspeak/Mumble.
Also, with respect to the Syba DAC. Is this not the model you have? I use it at work to power my Fostex T50-RPs, and it's pretty terrific for the price.

u/indstr · 2 pointsr/explainlikeimfive

I would argue that it is because the trend is towards things getting smaller and smaller. It would be kind of weird to have a volume knob sticking out of a cell phone or an ipod. So they use little clicker buttons instead.

Also as others have said, that is just more manual parts that are prone to failure.

But they're not completely gone. I recently bought this for my laptop:

and I love it :)

u/824show · 1 pointr/ZReviews

I just got them (9500s) along with the vmoda mic. Tried them out through the controller jack and maxed volume sounds to low. Waiting on my dac/amp to arrive I'll let you know how it sounds once I get everything together.


u/Statek · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

Try a phone, try a different computer, etc. I was using this until it died on me, so now I'm using the output of my Focusrite Scarlett Solo as, but it doesn't sound much worse through my computers front ports. It doesn't need an amp, but some of my other headphones do, so I just always use one.

u/8bithero · 1 pointr/audio

Thanks so much - this makes complete sense and I just needed someone to say it to me! I was being an idiot but even from the diagram it's clear the Chromecast was never passing audio through the DAC, only receiving.

I've run into a new issue but think this may just be related to the hardware and be a limitation of my DAC. The setup now looks something like this but if I have something plugged into the input on the front of the DAC (it can be anything not even just the Chromecast), nothing can be played out of the output directly. So I can cast audio and have that go through the DAC but if I play something directly on the PC, it won't output to the speakers unless the input is removed from the front of the DAC.

I'm assuming this is a limitation of the DAC but if you know any ways I might be able to get around that or recommendations for other DACs that can do this (if that is the problem), I'd really appreciate it! I have this DAC for reference.

u/shadyinternets · 1 pointr/headphones

yes, open back is theoretically "better" for gaming since they tend to have a wider soundstage, which should allow for more positional sound. can i prove that? nah. will closed work just as fine for 99% of scenarios? probably. honestly there is so much snake oil and buzzwords surrounding it all, you really have to just find what You like best and go with it. i have 7 or 8 pairs of headphones at the moment, tried all of them for gaming at one point or another, for the most part the biggest difference was comfort. at a certain price point things are all pretty similar sounding to me.

i like the fidelio x2s more because they are super comfy to wear for long periods of time, they sound great for anything and i often listen to music through speakers while gaming, so these allow me to hear in game sounds as well as the background music coming through them.

they are a bit more than the $150 price point though. but, you can get some nice sennheisers from massdrop for $148. these are based off of the hd580, which while i dont own they are pretty well known for being great and very comfortable. i just prefer closed for most situations, so not in the market for more opens. https://www.massdrop.com/buy/massdrop-x-sennheiser-hd-58x-jubilee-headphones?mode=guest_open

i had a pair of these from massdrop for a while too, they were a little lacking bass for me though so i gave them to my dad. overall great sound and very comfy though. theyre $199 https://www.massdrop.com/buy/akg-k7xx-massdrop-first-edition-headphones

also the massdrop senheiser hd600 clones at that $199 price point. again, ive never personally owned these or listened much but they have really good reviews and are well known in the community. https://www.massdrop.com/buy/massdrop-sennheiser-hd6xx

another thing to consider is what is going to power the headphones? computers onboard audio, an internal soundcard or what? thats a piece of the puzzle that many overlook. newer computers have been improving the onboard sound a lot lately, but i still much prefer to upgrade.

this is what i use for gaming, at only $39 its more for convenience for me as it allows me to have the controls right there within hands reach. and i like having the separate mic input because ive never had good luck with onboard mic input. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B009WN7QT4/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

also helps because i like to listen to music, so having 2 separate sound cards allows me to run music through 1 system and headphones/mic through another.

i also like to overkill the shit out of things when it comes to computers and audio lol so many great options out there though, i just like to try things and find what i like.

u/dark494 · 1 pointr/headphones

I'm a bit new to a lot of this, and I've been doing a lot of reading while helping a friend troubleshoot his computer, as it appears like the on-board sound card in his MOBO just up and died, lots of crackling/hissing in one ear, extremely low audio, device manager can't even recognize the hardware nor can it install drivers for it.

So I've been looking for alternatives based on his needs, whether that's an internal sound card he could install in his desktop (unlikely), or an external USB one. He owns a Bose QC15 and a HyperX Cloud headset, so for his needs he needs something with both 3.5mm in and out plugs, and can function on his desktop and on his PS4 console. Originally, I thought something cheap would work in the interim, like this Bengoo External USB Sound Card. However, after much reading around and some further research, I found out that the HyperX headset actually has a higher impedance, of 60 Ohms, than I expected, and he doesn't have any sort of DAC or AMP in his setup, and he's complained a bit about low audio quality/volume for them, and I see that it would benefit him if he had some kind of solution that provided for his fix for lack of a working sound card for his desktop, but also provided a bit of a needed boost for his headset.

I happened upon this Syba Sonic SD-DAC63057 that appears to solve all the above problems: It's a functioning sound card to replace his dead one, has enough of an amp to power his headset, comes with 3.5mm in and out plugs, and fits his low budget. Am I on the right track, as far as what I'm understanding, and would this work? Or is there a more recommended solution by the community?

Edit: I realize neither of these work on a PS4, which is fine.

u/OfficialJeZeus · 1 pointr/audiophile

I recently purchased the SHP 9500s and the Vmoda boom mic. Upgrading from an old $20 Turtle Beach PSL headset to this new setup, it's amazing, but I'm having issues with the Vmoda boom mic. For reference my setup is SHP 9500s to Vmoda mic and cable through Y splitter to onboard audio with latest realtek drivers (the drivers' supplied by the motherboard's manufacture had issues for me).

The cables are plugged into the back ports, as for whatever reason the mic and headphones are a little louder when plugged in through the back. (Speaking of which, does it matter whether realtek detects my headphones as speakers or headphones? I tried re-tasking the rear jacks but it didn't work). My issue is there is some static noise in the mic and the volume is sorta quiet even when set to 100 (and with any +DB boost the static in the mic is amplified and is terrible). Would the y-splitter provided by Vmoda have anything to do with the static interference?

I've read that this can be possibly fixed with the use of a usb soundcard or something of the sorts. What would you guys recommend to help solve this problem?

For example something like this : https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B009WN7QT4/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=sl1&tag=zeos-20&linkId=b8ce2562abea8f32caffaa00c757509c&th=1 Z mentioned it in one of his reviews and said it was a perfect add on to the Vmoda mic and SHP9500s combo.

u/massifjb · 1 pointr/buildapc

Doesn't solve the space and heat problem plus honestly they probably aren't that great.

There are cheaper external DACs as well like this one one. I just linked a good high quality one that I am a fan of.

u/Alkali-A · 1 pointr/battlestations

For your headset mic to be connected and work properly you need to have a unit that has a headphone out and also a mic in, or else you split the shared grounds and you wind up with a ground loop buzzing sound in your headphones

For that there's this bud, which despite how cheap it is sounds pretty great actually, 10/10 would recommend (as I am)
maybe not as much oomf as some of the big boys though

On the other hand, if you pick up a modmic at SOME point in your life
the separated grounding issue becomes null, and you no longer need a mic in on the unit itself

then you can get lots of different types of dacs

Ones with Pre-outs to control powered monitors

Ones with speaker terminals to control passive speakers

There are even ones that are self-powered and are designed to be able to take on the go if you like!

u/PriceKnight · 1 pointr/bapcsalescanada

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u/Skystalker512 · 1 pointr/Gaming_Headsets

Your motherboard doesn't have a combined jack, it has a dedicated audio and mic jack. And this is the link to the amp. This is the one I meant; a really good budget option. And to your open/closed back question:

Open back gives you a more natural soundstage and allows your ears to breathe more, but this also means that you are more vulnerable to outside noise. Closed back on the other hand is more bass-focused and has better isolation.

u/RuneBoot · 1 pointr/Zeos

Two questions, im currently using audio techinca m40x's and was wondering if Shure 840's are worth the upgrade?

also im looking for something that will make my headphones louder while on a budget, my laptop seems to play them real low even at max volume, is this guy a good choice? what would you recommend in that price range that also must have a mic port

u/GENERIC_VULGARNESS · 1 pointr/headphones

So assuming that this is what you're referring to for your amp/dac, I can't find a power output, so take what I have to say with a grain of salt. That being said, I have the DT990 Pro 250 ohm, and I have run it straight from my motherboard with no issue. It won't get crazy loud, but it was more than enough for me. Assuming that your amp/dac has comparable output to my mobo headphone jack (which doesn't seem like an unreasonable assumption), you should be fine.

Also, I just checked the amazon reviews for your device, and someone stated "it drives my HD650 just fine." I found that with my JDS Atom, the volume knob will be in roughly the same place for both the HD650 and the DT 990, so you're probably good to go.

u/OKamOP · 1 pointr/headphones

I can't change the dB boost level of my mic (V-MODA BoomPro).

The option doesn't show up. like THIS.

The DAC/AMP that I am using Syba Sonic

I've tried changing the port & running the troubleshooter.

u/bbjimin · 1 pointr/headphones


Im going with the 700X but am just deciding on a dacamp now. Im REALLY not trying to spend more than like $70 CAD but basically: I have the astro mixamp pro TR right now which is $170 (not sure why, idk if its good or not or if its just because it improves the a40s). Should I sell that and buy this Syba Sonic amp? Its $57 CAD so a reasonable price and Ill break even selling the a40s and the amp (if I sell the amp+headset [msrp $360] for the $207+ tax headset/dacamp Ill basically break even)

Would switching be an improvement or pointless?

u/TurRtS · 1 pointr/headphones

Yea that’s why I want to try with my phone at home. I was going to buy this

Syba Sonic USB 24 Bit 96 KHz DAC Digital to Analog Headphone Amplifier 2 Stage EQ Digital / Coaxial Output and RCA Output https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009WN7QT4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_pBv8CbTZTWY4J

It’s only 30$ and should do the trick. I love the headphones, comfortable great quality.

Any recommendation for something similar priced or cheaper would be better. Loved the AD700x but that damn headband was tough to like. Plus the bars that hold them together were above my head at least 3-4”

u/Klelth · 1 pointr/Gaming_Headsets

I know this is an kinda old comment but I am looking around for a new headset and saw this comment. Is this is amp you are talking about https://www.amazon.com/Syba-Digital-Headphone-Amplifier-Coaxial/dp/B009WN7QT4 ?

u/OverExclamated · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

If you want one with a mic input, your options are fairly limited. On the budget side you're looking at something like the Syba Sonic. More money gets you a Creative G6 or a GSX1000. Mayflower ARC is the spendy one.

u/Wiggitamoo · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

I've been having the same debate as you for a while. I think the answer is to get both (if you can) because they're built for different things, but do them excellently.

What I did was buy the PC37X, because I'll mainly be using them for gaming, and since they provide a more open soundstage, more base and have an excellent mic, I think that they'll work better for me.

I'm going to try pairing them with a cheap DAC/amp, I'm going to be testing them this week with either the Fiio BTR3 connected through USB C (which I can also use wirelessly with my iPhone over Bluetooth and other headphones). So they're convenient but may be lacking a bit in power.

I'll also be testing it with Syba Sonic's UBS 24 bit 96 KHz DAC/Amp (For under $40 it's hard to argue with)

I also considered the Sennheiser GSX 1000 Gaming Audio Amplifier, but will only test it out if the other options don't perform well for me.

I'll let you know how it goes. What option did you end up going with u/HasHooves?

u/RNG2WIN · 1 pointr/bapcsalescanada

damn, I thought the h97 has good onboard audio. at least it sounds better than my mobo before it lol. https://www.amazon.ca/Syba-Stereo-Headphone-Amplifier-SD-DAC63057/dp/B009WN7QT4 Is this the item I should be looking at? thanks.

u/NightHawk1985 · 1 pointr/ZReviews

You wouldn't get sound from the monitor to the Syba DAC, so your next option would be using the optical from PS4 to the Syba Sonic.. Check the link for the Syba Sonic- it has pics of the inputs & outputs available.. https://www.amazon.com/Syba-Digital-Headphone-Amplifier-Coaxial/dp/B009WN7QT4

u/Firmament1 · 1 pointr/MechanicalKeyboards

CM MK750 + Syba Headphone Amp + Macropad

EDIT: After poking around a bit, I found this and this. So maybe scratch off the Syba headphone amp. But they don't come with reds, keep that in mind.

u/wind_whisp3r · 1 pointr/Gaming_Headsets

thanks a lot so far man, but could you also give me an Open back option im not sure i could get used to the closed back style

and wouldnt it be better to get and inside soundboard instead of usb?

also is the syba amp this? https://www.amazon.com/Syba-Digital-Headphone-Amplifier-Coaxial/dp/B009WN7QT4

thanks for all the help!!

u/RecklessMagnetism · 1 pointr/Gaming_Headsets

Is this the one? Would this enable me to use the gsp 300? Thanks for all the help!

u/Fozzy420 · 1 pointr/battlestations

DAC: Syba Sonic USB 24 Bit 96 KHz DAC Digital to Analog Headphone Amplifier 2 Stage EQ Digital / Coaxial Output and RCA Output https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009WN7QT4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_l2KvCbKJYFTPQ

AMP: ONEU Mini amplifier Super Bass Hi-Fi Stereo Audio Amp Booster for Car Moto Home with DC 12V 3A Power Supply, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B019MBUX40/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_A3KvCb9FGDATV

Speakers: Edifier P12 Passive Bookshelf Speakers - 2-Way Speakers with Built-in Wall-Mount Bracket - Wood Color, Pair https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DM7F15C/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_p4KvCbDVP9T04

Super budget setup but it sounds fantastic.

u/MrYozer · 1 pointr/headphones


Pick up one of these they’re pretty nice and very cheap. You’ll also need to get a splitter for your headphone cable so you can plug in the mic and the headphones separately.

It also has a bass/treble boost switch if you’re into that kind of thing lol.

Edit: If you can hear the sound when you’re not wearing headphones then it’s coil whine and you might need to RMA your pc parts.

u/The_Roptor · 1 pointr/bapcsalescanada

PS4 can use USB mics, or USB to 3.5 MM TRRS headsets/headphones + mic. The controller on the PS4 has a pretty weak amp though so it struggles to drive many headphones. If you are a little more invested about gaming on your PS4 with good headphones/headset, then the Syba Soundcard is a good starting point if you dont mind the wired connection. Not all USB audio devices work as well on PS4 as PC though due to driver support (you want devices that are plug and play).

u/AlienStag · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

I still think your purchase was the better quality one. Now I have no idea whether this will power your Beyers enough, but if you need a cheap DAC/amp that has lots of inputs and outputs, check out this one:

Syba Sonic SD-DAC63057 24bit 96KHz USB 2.0 plus Stereo Headphone Amplifier https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009WN7QT4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_HZqMBb8HYQ3C0

This is the one I use and it works fine for what I need it to. Has a microphone input as well which also works fine.

u/Suspectsss · 1 pointr/HeadphoneAdvice

I actually don’t see the need for surround sound. That’s more of a marketing gimmick really, as the usb 7.1 dongles suck. If you really need surround sound, get Dobly Atmos on your computer.

But I don’t think you really need either. Most games have really good audio, and some games like rainbow six siege literally say don’t use surround sound because it’s broken. You need a headset with good soundstage.

What’s soundstage? Well it’s being not only able to tell the direction of your enemy, but also the distance. That’s why I recommend open back headsets for gaming, though they do leak sound and your mic may pick that sound up. Don’t worry about it though, because what I recommend is omni directional and will basically only pick up your voice.

I recommend the Philips SHP9500/SHP9500s. They are to same thing but the s has a little bit more bass. You also might have trouble getting the 9500 because it is discontinued and not many are left. I recommend these because:

Great soundstage

Very comfortable

Has a lot of treble which is good for hearing footsteps.

Has a detachable cable Incase the wire breaks and so you can use a mic

It is extremely well priced at 80USD. It’s probably the best for gaming under 150 USD. And most importantly it will definitely fit you.

For mic, I recommend the Vmoda BoomPro. You just unplug the cable from the headphones and replace it with the BoomPro which is just a 3.5 mm cable with a mic attached. This is a super good mic.

I also highly recommend an amp both for gaming and music. The one I recommend has a switch with T D and B. T is treble boost (for gaming), d is flat, meaning it won’t change anything, and B is bass boost. Which you want if you listen to music because the 9500 has little bass.
I recommend the Syba Sonic DAC/AMP. Link at the bottom. This will definitely help sound quality as it bypasses your pc soundcard.
IMPORTANT: DON’T use the included usb cord in it as it will cause a short in your computer. You’ll need a different mini usb cable as the provide a really bad one.

To use the amp: This is a usb amp, so plug the usb into your computer and the mini USB port into the DAC/amp. The will power it so it will drain laptop battery with a laptop. Then all you do is is plug your headphone jack into the big 3.5mm headphone jack. Don’t use the one for a split cable because your headset isn’t a split cable.

That’s it! The total is about 150 bucks and will surpass anything for the price.

Don’t get a gaming headset. They just use cheap divers and RGB and day gaming to trick you, as they are way overpriced.

Z Reviews on YT (total audiophile geek) recommends this as well. I invite you to spend more time researching on his channel and other places to understand the mic and amp better. He has a best gaming gaming headsets video from a year ago. This setup is at the very front and one of the first things he talks about. Also goes very in depth on the whole subject of sound for gaming at the beginning. Here are the links:


Vmoda BoomPro Mic - https://www.amazon.com/V-MODA-BoomPro-Microphone-Gaming-Communication/dp/B00BJ17WKK

Syba Soni DAC/amp - https://www.amazon.com/Syba-Digital-Headphone-Amplifier-Coaxial/dp/B009WN7QT4

Remember you need a different mini usb cable. I’d throw the one it came with away because it’s garbage and possibly a fire hazard.

Please watch Z Reviews Gaming Headphone guise from a year ago. The first 25 minutes are all you really need to hear. They explain audio in-depth and talk about the headphones and this combo. Good luck!

Feel free to reach out to me as I can help with the setup or usage, but r/ZReviews is probably a better option. You’ll get help ASAP from a whole hutch of audiophiles who know their stuff.

u/ckeogh720 · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

What headset do you have? If it uses a 3.5 mm you could get a cheap dac/amp combo ( Syba Sonic USB 24 Bit 96 KHz DAC Digital to Analog Headphone Amplifier 2 Stage EQ Digital / Coaxial Output and RCA Output https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009WN7QT4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_69xCDbTVSQ5AK ) , or if you are willing to spend a bit more money you could get a nicer combo one such as this one ( FiiO E10K USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LP3AMC2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_E.xCDbPRH9HJB ).

u/ScreenTalker · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

This is what I got myself these and a DAC at the beginning of the year for about $100USD

Audio Technica ATH-AD900X Open-Back Audiophile Headphones https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009S331VU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_FeCHDbTKSR8DZ

Audio Technica is a solid starting point, so stepping down to the 700 series might fit your budget better.

I've also read good things about Monoprice's entry level open backs https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=34192

I paired the AT's with this DAC and she seems to be doing the job well
Syba Sonic USB 24 Bit 96 KHz DAC Digital to Analog Headphone Amplifier 2 Stage EQ Digital / Coaxial Output and RCA Output https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009WN7QT4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_4iCHDbS59Y3R5

u/omegaorgun · 1 pointr/ZReviews

If your headphones are easy drive then this is great. Syba Sonic SD-DAC63057 24bit 96KHz USB 2.0 plus Stereo Headphone Amplifier https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009WN7QT4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_ycx5AbT9RSNVZ

u/ShearMe · 1 pointr/headphones

Get better headphones instead. Unless your onboard sound is atrocious (and a new mobo means it probably isn't), there'll be little improvement compared to better headphones.

For the simple functionality of switching between headphones and speakers, I use a little Syba DAC.

u/T7S · 1 pointr/audiophile

Hey guys,

The DAC and amp guide here seems a bit old and I'm a bit of a newbie so I figured I'd ask here.

Here is my current equipment at my work desk:

  • Dell E1505 laptop - crappy, giant, old school enterprise laptop. Only audio output is 1/8th headphone jack and the sound card is awful
  • M-Audio Studiophile AV-40 Active Studio speakers with built in amp

    These are currently connected using a simple 1/8th to 1/8th audio cable, but the end result sounds awful and looks ugly as well since the 1/8th cable has to be plugged in to the front.

    I would like to hook up the laptop to send audio to the speakers, I don't usually use headphones. The speakers use RCA and 1/8th as input, but I'd like to use RCA because those inputs are behind the speaker and won't clutter my desk. In an effort to accomplish this AND improve the sound quality a bit, should I get a DAC? And should I consider switching speakers or do you guys think these are ok?

  • Audio source: laptop.
  • Audio type: music, mostly metal, some IDM, some hip-hop.
  • Willing to buy used: yes.
  • Budget: ideally <$150, the lower the better.

    Ideally, I'm looking for the DAC to run off of AC/USB power since I intend to leave it plugged in 95% of the time. A rotary volume dial would be ideal but isn't strictly necessary. Do I need something like these? And if yes, which one would you recommend?

  • Syba USB DAC
  • Nuforce Icon UDAC-3
  • Modi USB
  • Fiio E10
  • Audioengine D1
  • DAC destroyer

    PS - Could something like this Fiio D3 work maybe? Not sure what kind of adapter would be needed, but it seems unlikely.
u/brucewillus · 1 pointr/headphones

So, I know I'll get a lot of people saying I need to spend more, but I'm trying to figure out what would be the best use of $100.

My HD6XX's are on their way, and I'm wanting to enjoy them a little more. I currently have a cheap DAC/Amp that has been decent for my HD598's and I'm wondering what you all think would be a good upgrade.

I've been torn between the Fulla 2 and the Magni 3 (I'd use my current DAC with the Magni, and possibly get a nicer DAC down the road). I'm also open to other suggestions, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Here's the DAC/Amp I've been using, and it's been pretty good so far. Syba Sonic SD-DAC63057 24bit 96KHz USB 2.0 plus Stereo Headphone Amplifier https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009WN7QT4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_koffAbZWANSCK

u/EdwardERS · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

How does the Syba Sonic DAC AMP compare to the Fiio E10K DAC AMP?

u/Atemu12 · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

For headphones and separate mic (i.e. not the same wire), use a normal DAC for headphones and put the mic into the onboard soundcard.
For headsets or V-moda Boompro (mic and headphones in the same wire), your best budget option is the Syba Sonic SD-DAC63057.

FYI if you haven't already read it: Gaming audio and you. Why (99.5% of) gaming headsets suck, and how you can enter the world of high fidelity sound on a gaming headset budget!

u/Highmark9090 · 1 pointr/PUBATTLEGROUNDS

Your currently using some of the best headphones available for positional audio. Buy a good DAC/Amp combo and you're good to go. Even something as simple and cheap as this will help TREMENDOUSLY!!! https://www.amazon.com/Syba-SD-DAC63057-Stereo-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B009WN7QT4 If you could spend a little more get one with more power and you'll be super happy.

Edit to add link

u/TheHuskinator · 0 pointsr/audio

Piggybacking this guys comment^ with more info:

Here’s a DAC/AMP thats this guy is referring to that is fairly cheap

Syba Sonic USB https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009WN7QT4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_KJHUCbQAD69PX

I will warn you many users have a problem with the USB cable that comes with this AMP does NOT work, so you’ll just have to buy an extra one or find one if you got one laying around.

I use this AMP currently with my Phillips SHP9500 and have my speakers plugged into the back line in port, works flawlessly and will achieve exactly what you want. Plus the quality is much greater than your motherboards inputs.

Edit: I would also recommend reverting your regedit back to what it was to avoid any future problems

u/blu3ness · 0 pointsr/headphones

This DAC is running at a sampling rate of 16Bit 32K 44.1K 48k. This is dangerously low compared to similar products offered by Fio and Nuforce. If you want a budget DAC, the one offered here seems a nice alternative: