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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

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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

  • 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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  • 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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  • I love my music and I love my TV/Blu Ray/DVD, but I have no interest whatsoever in AV and consequently I have always connected my TV up to my hi-fi system. My previous amp had an in-built DAC through which I connected the TV via optical and there was a significant improvement in SQ over the analogue �ǣAudio Out��� connection. However, my replacement amp does not have a DAC (most don���t) so I had to look around at some alternatives. Now I wasn���t wishing to spend a great deal of money on a DAC as my priority very much lies with my hi-fi, but I still want a good sound experience whilst watching TV and particularly when spinning a movie. To be honest I really had my eye on a similarly priced DAC elsewhere, but unfortunately it was out of stock with no real indication of when it might become available so I finally decided to take a walk to my local Maplins and take a punt on this and what a little revelation it is. I was expecting an improvement but not quite as big as this: the result is greater scale and authority, and a much better and detailed sound stage with none of the slight muddiness associated with the analogue connection. If you���re looking for a cheap DAC purely for connecting your TV up to your hi-fi then I can give this a whole hearted recommendation. Footnote: As mentioned it does need a USB connection to power it, but if you don���t have a spare available then there are plenty of 3-pin electric USB plugs available you can use instead.

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  • This product does work BUT�Ǫ 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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  • Excellent - did exactly what I needed it to do.

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  • Does exactly what is required. Connected permanently to LG TV and powers headphones. Simply mute the TV to use headphones.

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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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  • I purchased one of these last week as I had just recently bought a new LG LCD TV and it didn't have an anologue 'audio out'. It only had an 'Optical Audio Out'. I wanted to hook-up my new TV to my existing analogue surround-sound system. This item worked perfectly. The only other item I needed to buy was an optical lead to go from the TV to this item. One thing that isn't really mentioned in the instructions though is that this item needs power from a USB lead from the TV. This lead is supplied with this item

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  • I wanted to connect an LED TV to my Hi-Fi but it does not have analogue out, just an optical out. This ingenious device converted optical to analogue without any fuss, I just plugged in an optical lead from the telly to the device then connected audio leads from the device to my hi-if, both leads have to be purchased separately. Also connected the USB lead supplied in the box to a power supply, I used a spare iPhone charger plug and it worked a dream.Saved me spending a lot more than I did as I was going to buy an optical speaker system.Top marks from me.

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  • This device can be used to connect to either co-axial or optical SPDIF, but it does need to have USB connected. I am using it to power my personal inductive loop so I can listen to the TV clearly and it does not interfere with other people. This is a brilliant device and works really well. I would highly recommend this device for those who are hearing impaired as an interface between various devices.

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  • F. Subidé (Mr) said:

    Is an independent power supply required with your digital-to-analog sound converter if it's plugged in at the back of a Philips 40PFS6609 full HD TV set? Thanks. FS.

    The item requires power from a USB source .

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  • john said:

    Will this converter be suitable to connect my new sky hd+ box to my panasonic surround sound system? The new sky boxes only have optical audio out, my sound system has coaxial l/r - red & white connector cables?

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


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  • Mark Green said:

    what is the best maplin mains powered power supply recommended to go with this product please?

    They are USB powered I’m afraid .

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  • courtney salway said:

    Could I connect my xbox one to xrocker chair with this. Have toslink cable and also red and white phono lead that connects to chair via 3.5mm jack. Thanks

    Yes you could , the device needs to be powered via the USB socket with a USB (A) to USB (B) cable

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  • Buddy said:

    i have 5.1 home cinema system equipped with optical in and my TVs does have only RCA Is it possible to use this to covert RCA(analogue) to optical (digital) conversation If not is there any suggestion? Thx Maplin rocks

    Sorry , whilst we have an adaptor to convert digital output into analogue .. we do not have one that goes the other way ...

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  • 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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A14KF Digital to Analogue Audio Converter (1+) £39.99

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