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Samsung to Arcam: how entertainment is supposed to sound.,
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This review is from: Digital to Analog Audio Converter - 192kHz/24bit Optical and Coaxial DAC SPDIF - TOSlink / Coaxial to Stereo Left/Right RCA - FiiO D03K Taishan (Electronics)
Used this to link my Samsung Smart LED TV to my Arcam Solo Mini Hifi system - took 5 minutes, works perfectly, sounds.... incredible. No doubt the quality of the hifi and speakers makes a major contribution, but the DAC is the vital link in the chain, and this one is worth every penny. The Arcam equivalent costs £200.
The unit was well packaged and delivered quickly. Fiio have helpfully included little notes about selecting PCM output from your TV, a small point, but maybe one that gets overlooked? Included in the box is small, neat a power supply unit, but if your TV has a spare USB port, you can spend £1 on a "USB to mini USB" cable, plug the USB end into your TV and use the "mini USB" end to power the DAC itself. This is a great feature, because it means (1) that you don't need to take up an electrical plug socket, and (2) the DAC switches itself on and off with the TV - this has to be a good thing.
The DAC has a metal body, is supplied with all the ports covered with colour coded plastic caps, and certainly feels like a premium quality component (easily better than the price tag would suggest). There is a red LED to denote power supply, and a blue one to confirm that the optical (TOSLINK) signal is being received correctly from the TV.
I'd recommend using a little sticky velcro pad to hold the DAC onto the back of the TV, so the installation can be neat and tidy. If the little velcro pad was included in the box, that would be even better, but that is splitting hairs...
This is the second DAC I tried on my system: apparently the Arcam Hifi system is picky about what it will play with, and that is the main reason why I wrote this - other Arcam users may find it useful.
The Fiio DAC is great value, worked first time, and the difference in sound over your TV speakers is incredible: buy one and be prepared to fall in love with your movie collection and Hifi all over again...
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Initial post: 20 Dec 2013 09:10:56 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Dec 2013 12:53:47 GMT
T. Peters says:
Very helpful. I've been struggling to work out why I couldn't get my Arcam Solo to work with a Samsung UE46F6510 and this piece of kit sounds like it might do the trick. Have ordered one to try out this w/e!
Update 21st December. Have just set this up and it works perfectly. Really easy to install and I now have fantastic sound to accompany a great picture.
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Dec 2013 09:05:46 GMT
Pete from Cumbria says:
I am ordering this too, and the Arcam stuff is the best, had the amp since 1994.
Posted on 9 Mar 2014 18:59:24 GMT
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Posted on 26 Jun 2014 22:55:43 BDT
Nigel Buckley says:
Thank you so much for including the comment about setting SPDIF to PCM output. I'd bought a cheaper model converter and, when I tried it, it worked perfectly on normal TV channels but on HD channels all I got was a horrible buzzing! I thought I'd bought a lemon and then I read your review, checked and changed my TVs setting to PCM from the Auto default and everything is working fine now. So thank you, you've saved me wasting my money buying a more expensive converter that would have given exactly the same result.
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