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Hello, I have been reading a few reviews on the DAC devices that can be used to improve computer audio output.

But instead of buying expensive hardware, are there any software alternatives that will overtake the computer's own DAC to improve output, there has to be a freeware alternative somewhere?

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RE: DAC Software

Essentially the answer to your question is no. A DAC is a combination of software and hardware, the best way to improve software wide is use something like WASAPI (Windows Audio API) to make sure the digital signal is pure and isn't processed. The other 99% of what makes a DAC is hardware I'm afraid. 

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RE: DAC Software

Is that downloadable software or a feature to enable?

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RE: DAC Software

That depends on the player you use and the version of Windows you have. Pre Windows Vista then you're looking at something like ASIO instead of WASAPI. I use Foobar and JRiver and both support WASAPI on Windows Vista and 7 (probably Win 8 too). Foobar's WASAPI driver might need to be downloaded and installed manually. I'm not too sure about other software. I'm sure Winamp has something. iTunes for Windows used to support it but doesn't any more (typical), stuff like Spotify doesn't support it AFAIK. 

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Headphone: Q701HP100HE500, M80TH900Mad DogD7000DT880M100K550TH600 

DAC: E7U100rPACModi/Magni120DsHP-A8DAC2 HGC, BDP 105EUEHP 02DiDAC