Why are DACs So Expensive? (10 Things You Should Know!)

If you’ve thought of improving the sound quality of your audio system, then you’ve probably considered purchasing a Digital-to-Analog Converter (or DAC). But to your surprise, most DACs available today are quite expensive for the function they perform.  So the question on the minds of many audio enthusiasts is, “why are DACs so expensive, and are they even worth it?”. So after some hours of research, here is everything … Read more

5 Great Integrated Amps with Pre-Out Review (with Pictures)

Back then, integrated amps that were made will have a preamp output and a power amp input port at the back of the unit. And then, they will be connected via an audio jumper cable.  This means if you wanted to use a different power amp for your audio setup, you could easily disconnect the jumper cable and then connect the amp to the preamp output. This is not … Read more

Can You Connect a Condenser Mic to a Phone? (Full Guide!)

Maybe you’ve always wanted to improve the audio quality of your smartphone’s audio recordings by using a condenser microphone instead of the phone’s built-in mic. But is this even possible? Can you use a condenser microphone with a phone? You can connect and use a condenser microphone can with a phone. This can be achieved by connecting the condenser microphone to the phone’s charging port or headphone jack. Depending … Read more

Can You Use Bass Amp as a Speaker? All You Need to Know!

If you own a bass amp, then you may have wondered if you can use it as a speaker. You may probably have faced a situation where you needed a PA system urgently but had none available, and all you had was your bass amp. In such a situation, what could you have done differently? Can your bass amp serve as a speaker? Can music be played through bass … Read more

Integrated Amp vs Separates: Which Is Better? (Explained!)

Integrated amps have been around for many decades. However, many still prefer separate preamp and power amp combinations to integrated amps. And the argument of which is better between integrated amps and preamp/power amp separates has been going on for many years now. But what are the facts? And which is the better option? In general, audio setups made up of separate preamp and power amp usually sound better … Read more

DI Box & Phantom Power: All You Need to Know (+ Useful Tips)

If you have been around microphones and used them for live programs and other applications, then you may have heard of the term “phantom power.” This is because condenser microphones require phantom power before they can work. What about DI boxes? DI boxes are popular among recording and gigging instrumentalists, particularly bass players. Do DI boxes require phantom power before they can work as well?  What is the relationship … Read more

Can You Reamp with a DI Box? (With Important Tips!)

Maybe you’ve always wondered if you can use a DI box to reamp your microphone, bass, or guitar. Or perhaps you want to save some cash by using a DI Box for reamping instead of purchasing a reamp box. Whatever your reason, one common topic that musicians and audio engineers seem to talk about quite often is reamping and whether you can do that with a DI box. So … Read more

RCA vs Banana Plug: What’s the Difference & Which is Better?

RCA and banana plugs are two of the widely used audio cables out there. But what’s the difference between the two, and when do you choose one over the other? After some hours of research, I’ve put together everything I learned about the differences and similarities between RCA and banana plugs in this article. If this is something you’re interested in learning about, then let’s jump straight into it. … Read more

Line Out vs Direct Out: What’s the Difference? (Solved!)

Audio devices like amplifiers, mixer boards, etc., come with several outputs. A line out and a direct out are just two of these numerous output ports. Between these two output ports, line-outs are the most popular.  If you’ve been around instrumentalists and musicians, then you might have heard the term line out being used. What about the lesser-known direct out port? What do you know about this output port? … Read more

Can You Use a DAC As a Preamp? (Solved & Explained!)

A digital-to-analog converter (DAC) is a great device. They play a valuable role in the audio industry. DACs are widely known to translate digital data from devices such as laptops into analog form.  Aside from this, can DACs perform any other function? Can you use a dedicated DAC as a preamp? This is the question most audio enthusiasts have been asking, and this article will address it, so read … Read more