6 Audioengine D3

Audioengine D3 USB DAC Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Specifications
  3. Initial impressions
  4. Sound quality
  5. Conclusion

So is the Audioengine D3 the best sounding DAC in its class ? Maybe not. The Music Streamer II offers slightly better performance in some areas but lacks a proper headphone amplifier. There are other DACs out there that might match the D3, however the performance of the D3 is exceptional given its diminutive size and power output that can drive almost any headphone out there.

If you are looking out for a small compact DAC and use mostly headphones the Audioengine D3 is an exceptional choice for you. Its USP is its simplicity. Plug and Play convenience and great performance to boot !

If you are looking for connectivity options or external controls then this DAC isn’t for you. However for sheer simplicity and excellent sound I can safely recommend it to almost anyone. Only caveat is you shouldn’t use it with very bass light headphones.

India (Retail)
U.S. U.K.
Rs.13,250/- $189 £165


  • Excellent sound given its small dimensions
  • Very small and compact
  • No cables required
  • Good build quality
  • Good quality headphone amplifier built in
  • Can get a bit hot after a short while
  • Sub Bass has a slight roll off
Audioengine is primarily an active speaker manufacturer based in the US. Their Audioengine 2 and Audioengine 5 are quite popular and renowned active speakers. Since active speakers are mostly used with PCs and laptops, Audioengine also decided to enter the DAC market. They launched the D1 initially which was quite compact and portable. However, the Audioengine D3 is even more compact and is about the size of a large USB flash drive. There have a been a few small sized DACs released, and Audioengine has priced this one at the budget end of the range at $189. Audioengine claims that…

Review Overview

Build Quality - 9.8
Connectivity Options - 2
Audio Quality - 9.5
Value for money - 9


BBQ Score

Summary : The Audioengine D3 has two main USPs - Size and SImplicity. No drivers, no cables, no additional power required, no switches/buttons just a DAC with a USB connection and having the size of a flash drive.

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