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Can I a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 as a DAC?


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SO, I'm planning to get a DAC and Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 looks pretty good. To judge whether it'll be a good DAC for me, I produce music (not professionally, but just amateur/novice productions, with guitar, piano, vocal etc) and I listen to music. A LOT. Plus, I'm pursuing audio production and engineering so sound quality is a requirement.

Anyways, will connecting the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 24/7 to the computer destroy or fry it's internal parts? I'm quite scared of that happening.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks! :)

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the 2i2 works just fine as a dac. in fact it works just fine as a preamp too (using the volume control). not the ultimate in sound, but a very versatile solution.

sources:  intel nuc8i7 (audiolinux, roon core) (server) | simaudio moon mind 2 (renderer)
headphone rig:  chord qutest > bryston bha-1 > audeze lcd-3
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Should not be a problem. The 2i2 isn't fragile in the sense it will burn itself up. You could leave it powered up without concerns.

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SO, I'm planning to get a DAC and Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 looks pretty good. To judge whether it'll be a good DAC for me, I produce music (not professionally, but just amateur/novice productions, with guitar, piano, vocal etc) and I listen to music. A LOT. Plus, I'm pursuing audio production and engineering so sound quality is a requirement.

Anyways, will connecting the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 24/7 to the computer destroy or fry it's internal parts? I'm quite scared of that happening.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks! :)

 

Many professional audio products are built like a tank to withstand abuses. It's really supposed to be turned on 24/7 (notice there is no power switch.)

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you actually can't turn the 2i2 on and off -- it's usb powered, so it get it's power from the computer its connected to.

sources:  intel nuc8i7 (audiolinux, roon core) (server) | simaudio moon mind 2 (renderer)
headphone rig:  chord qutest > bryston bha-1 > audeze lcd-3
main rig:  chord dave > parasound jc5 > kef reference 1
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