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Digital to Analogue Audio Converter

Code: A14KF

4.5  out of 5 based on 30 reviews
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  • Converts optical, coaxial or USB audio audio to twin RCA (phono) or 3.5mm stereo headphone output
  • Listen to high definition downloads on your standard hi-fi or speakers
  • Works with all PC audio formats

Product details

Digital to Analogue Audio Converter

• Converts optical, coaxial or USB audio audio to twin RCA (phono) or 3.5mm stereo headphone output• Listen to high definition downloads on your standard hi-fi or speakers• Works with all PC audio formats
• USB powered (power supply not included; requires a 1A USB power supply)• Plug 'n' Play - no drivers required for Win 7, Vista nor XP• Connect most audio devices with a digital output (only 2-channel digital audio is supported)• Adjustable headphone output• 24-bit, 192 kHz audio quality• Dimensions: 111 x 105 x 30 mm• Weight: 174 g

Ideal for music lovers seeking an excellent value upgrade to advanced HD audio and saving money on new stereo equipment.


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10 of 30 Reviews

  • Very Good system

    Highly recommend this DACs Unit. I used it to play audio from my PS3 that is connected to a monitor with no speakers. Works like a charm and with the audio amplifier you can just use your standard headphones to play if you don't want to plug in speakers.

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  • Superbly useful for many things.

    Breeds new life into my sony personal CD player via the optical out.. Great when connected to my mac and pc. Perfect for the bedroom tv with Apple TV, as my little samsung flat screen doesnt have a headphone socket ( not many do) Improves audio on older MP3 players too A fantastic little unit, despite its unbranded casing. Any 5v 1a supply will power it if using the optical input.. Also works fantastically when connected to usb of xbox or xbox one.. Saving power against using a dedicated av amp if your using headphones.

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  • Awesome with Xbox One

    I bought one of these to be able to get full quality sound with my Xbox 360 gaming headset with my Xbox One, use it by plugging optical from XB1 into the DAC then simply plug the headset audio cables into the DAC... perfect item for any of those looking to not forking out for another headset for XB1, why do that when you can just spend a small amount and still use the headset you have now.

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  • DAC requires power

    I purchased this DAC to connect a 'Smart TV Box' to a Plasma TV without any 'HDMI' ports. I connected the HDMI plug to a 'DVI' socket on the back of the TV via a 'HDMI to DVI' converter, giving a good video connection but no 'Audio' as DVI does not support sound. The 'Smart box' had a 'SPDIF' Digital coaxil cable out. I purchased the 'DAC' to convert the 'digital' out to the anolouge connections on my TV. As said in many of the reviews here the instructions said nothing about having to have the unit 'powered' there is an empty section in the packaging where I assume at one time a' power unit' had been included. Until I read the reviews, I thought the unit did not work! As soon as I powered the unit up via a 'USB' charger sound blasted out of the speakers on my TV. The fact a' power' source is needed to enable the DAC to work is nowhere to be found on the packaging is rather 'unforgivable' on this product which when powered does 'work' well.

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  • Works with Raspberry PI

    This works great with a Raspberry Pi. The Pi is connected to the DAC using the USB input and then the DAC is connected to my Hi-Fi using the RCA phono output. There is a huge improvement in the sound quality compared to the audio output jack on the Pi, Highly recommended.

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  • awesome

    I bought this item after trying a similar product that didnt work. The assistant in store pointed this one out to me explaining about the usb power supply. Got it home and set it up in minutes, what an excellent piece of kit, i really wasnt expecting such good sound quality. I have used it from the optical out of a lg tv to a marantz amp. I would highly recommend this item.

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  • MS Home Server 2011

    Works fine. Just to say that this worked without extra drivers on MS HS 2011 after sound services were turned on.(By default they were off)

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  • If you have the power source/cables this is a lovely sounding digital pre-amp/DAC when connected to a good stereo amp via phono leads, and with its own headphone amp as well. Great value!

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  • This product does work BUT… It is powered via USB and so anyone using it with a computer will be ok. Those like me, who want to convert optical to analog without involving USB, are left wondering why it doesn't work. No power adapter is included, although there is a space in the packaging (where it once was?) It is not at all clear in the instructions that a power adapter is required, in fact it states that it is not required when using the optical or coaxial inputs. It was only because I couldn't figure how that would work that I tried my iPhone charger. I used the included USB cable with my iPhone charger to power it and all was fine. If you buy this AND a 5v 0.5-1A power adapter AND an optical cable (not included either) you are good to go. It probably should say that somewhere eh?

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  • This DAC looks good and is quite sturdy. It is a great pity that it does not come with a power supply and has to be powered from the USB socket. Unfortunately it only worked for 5 hours. I was listening to my CD player when I heard a click, then silence. Tried both optical and digital phono inputs, but no output - power was ok as led was alight.Had to take it to my local store for a refund.

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7 of 7 Questions

  • Bob said:

    Does this work with a PS4 to my amplifier for sound ..thanks Bob

    If you PS4 has digital audio OUT, and your Amplifier has an analogue audio IN - then yes it will work.

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  • John said:

    Could I use this unit to convert from Optical on my Smart TV to the subwoofer of my 5.1 surround sound which only has L / R phono inputs? Thanks

    I am pleased to advise the product you mentioned will do exactly what you require.

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  • John said:

    What sample rates does this work with?

    It accepts sample rates of 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48 kHz, 96kHz and 192kHz. (96kHz max over USB). RW

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  • Maplin Technical said:

    Could this be used to connect headphones to a TV with Optical out?

    Yes, this is ideal for that purpose.

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  • Maplin Technical said:

    Can this be used with Apple TV for connection to a HiFi?

    Yes, this can be used with the Optical out on the Apple TV, into the red/white analogue phono inputs on a HiFi system.

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  • Maplin Technical said:

    How is this item powered?

    This is powered via USB. For Non-PC use, a USB power supply can be used.

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  • Maplin Technical said:

    Can this be connected to a PC?

    Yes, this can be used as an external sound card via the included USB cable.

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Item code Item name Quantity Price
A14KF Digital to Analogue Audio Converter (1+) £39.99

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