Nuforce Air DAC Wireless System Review

Nuforce's line of reduced and convenient items have been getting some great inclusion from us recently and as it should be: The organization appears to have a talent for making simple to-utilize and cunningly composed sound apparatus that sounds comparable to they look; and the Air DAC positively fits this depiction. It's a remote sound transmitter and DAC framework intended to give better solid from your PC or Apple cell phone when gushing sound to a recipient or fueled speakers.
nuforce air dac uwireless system out of the box contents

Out of the Box

We've reprimanded Nuforce before for ineffectively bundled items, yet we won't have to do as such here: The Air DAC came bundled in a durable, realistic slipcase-secured box comparable with the thing's cost and quality level. When we opened the crate we discovered two felt-lined plate inside, every one holding the DAC beneficiary module and USB transmitter.

nuforce air dac uwireless framework out of the case contentsWe likewise found a divider wart style AC connector for the DAC unit and client manual inside the case. Note, in any case, that Nuforce does exclude any kind of interconnects to associate the DAC to your framework, so make sure to have the suitable links available. Nuforce likewise sent us a different rankle pressed transmitter and charging link for Apple cell phones.

Highlights and plan

The Air DAC framework contains three parts: two transmitter choices for spilling sound, and one module to get it. The uTX is a little, streak drive-sized transmitter for use with USB ports, and the iTX is a considerably littler, smaller than expected transmitter about the measure of a stick of gum, planned for Apple cell phones, for example, iPods, iPhones and iPads. Every transmitter streams an advanced sound flag to the Air DAC collector module which at that point changes over the computerized bits into simple sound. The sound is steered to a reasonable intensifying gadget by means of RCA compose yield jacks.

The Nuforce Air DAC framework takes a shot at the new, Skaa remote standard and HPX pressure codec said to convey full data transfer capacity, 16-bit/48 kHz quality sound with negligible inertness and impedance. Another advantage of this convention ought to be convenience, since no setup, programming, or matching is required. Every transmitter can send sound to four beneficiaries, and every recipient can associate with upwards of four transmitters. The Air DAC recipient can likewise consequently recognize a transmitter's flag that is moved into a similar room when utilized in a multi-unit design.

nuforce air dac uwireless sound framework rca inputsThe Nuforce Air DAC beneficiary can be acquired packaged with either with the uTX for $179 or with the iTX for $199. Obviously, given the development abilities of the Air DAC's plan, every segment can likewise be obtained independently should you have to add to your framework later on. The uTX will set you back $59, while the iTX runs $79; Additional Air DAC beneficiaries can likewise be obtained for $149 each.


We utilized an assortment of segments to test the Air DAC's abilities, including: a Dell Latitude D810 workstation; an Apple iPhone 4; a Marantz NR-1602 A/V collector; Denon DCD-CX3 SACD, Samsung BD-C5500 and Oppo BDP-83 Blu-beam player; and an Aperion Verus Forte pinnacle speaker framework.

Utilizing Nuforce's Air DAC framework couldn't have been any less demanding. When we snared the proper collector/transmitter combine and began up the music, the Air DAC recipient in a flash bolted onto the flag, spilling music to our A/V framework in a matter of seconds. Since no Wi-Fi or system association is required, Nu Force's Air DAC is truly an attachment 'n play gadget, and surely among the simplest remote spilling arrangements we've attempted yet.

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We were likewise inspired with the sound of the Nuforce framework. Despite whether we utilized the Air DAC with the iTX or uTX, the two combos sounded recognizably superior to anything similar records played back by means of Apple's AirPlay framework. The Air DAC had a smooth, impartial tonal adjust with great profundity and imaging, while AirPlay appeared to strip away the greater part of the music's consonant substance and transient data.

Maybe the most striking changes we got notification from the Nuforce outfit however, was in the music's lower registers. Tuning in to different tracks from Caribou's bass-substantial and move cordial collection "Swim," we truly appreciated the Air DAC's more profound, weightier bass and more full mids. The Nuforce framework appeared to bring back the majority of the woofer-pumping goodness that disappeared by means of AirPlay, making it simpler for us to simply savor and feel the music. From that point we tuned in to everything from established to hip bounce to more shake and got similar outcomes without fail. The Air DAC essentially laid a superior cadenced establishment in general, continually driving the music forward.

Vocals and other midrange sounds were additionally better created by means of the Air DAC. Tuning in to This Tornado Loves You from Neko Case's most recent collection, "Center Cyclone," we noticed how much more extravagant and all the more sensibly polished her voice sounded graciousness of the Nuforce DAC. String instruments like violins additionally sounded silkier and smoother, with more sensitive subtlety in the upper notes played on that last "E" string. It truly was no challenge: Everything we tuned in to utilizing AirPlay just sounded level and dead when contrasted with the Air DAC's hotter and more extravagant yet better broadened introduction.

nuforce air dac uwireless sound framework usb Mac ipod iphone ipad adapterAs far as Nuforce's case that the Air DAC sounds tantamount to wired arrangements, we'd need to wholeheartedly concede to this one. The Air DAC sounded similarly on a par with the very much respected DACs incorporated with the Oppo Blu-beam player and Marantz beneficiary we utilized, and it sounded apparently superior to anything the Samsung player, conveying a more extravagant yet clearer sound generally speaking.

We were additionally ready to test Nuforce's asserted scope of 15 – 30 meters for the Air DAC and observed that case to be right on the money. We experienced no difficulty keeping an association with our PC and iPhone while spilling music from around 25 yards away through different dividers and inside the flag way of other 2.4 GHz remote gadgets, for example, cordless telephones and Wi-Fi skilled switches.

Nuforce additionally expresses the Air DAC framework ought to be free of drop outs, and in ordinary utilize it was. In any case, once we put the Air DAC collector inside two or three creeps of our Wi-Fi switch, we managed to cause intermittent drop outs from both the iTX and uTX. The flag returned rapidly every time however, and moving the beneficiary something like a foot far from the switch again disposed of the issue.

On the off chance that we needed to nitpick, we should say that the Air DAC won't naturally switch between two associated transmitters except if you first disengage the one you're not utilizing. In ordinary utilize this wasn't anything we truly needed to consider, and we valued the Nuforce's capacity to keep its flag on Fort Knox-style secure. A basic press of the order catch on the recipient switches transmitters when both the iTX and uTX associated, enabling it to chase for a functioning spilling signal.

The ascent of PC sound has made a detachable computerized to-simple converter (DAC) everything except a need. PC soundcards, regardless of how great, don't give the best solid. The best way to get superb sound from a PC associated with a sound framework is to have the PC yield an advanced flag and convert it to simple closer the sound framework.

The most recent wrinkle has been the presentation of remote DACs that kill the requirement for USB or FireWire links. NuForce's Air DACs fall into this class.

The main genuine contrasts between the Air DAC uWireless System and the Air DAC iWireless System are the type of the transmitter and the PC it interfaces with. The uWireless' smooth little hockey-stick-molded transmitter connects to a standard USB port. The iWireless has a 30-stick connector that mates with most Apple iPods, iPads, and iPhones, and in addition a dongle that will associate with any standard USB port.

The recipient DAC itself is a container estimating approximately 2" by 2" by 5/8", with two RCA jacks for simple yield and a jack for association with its capacity supply. Over the beneficiary is a push bar that helps with setup, and lights up to demonstrate the DAC's working status: red for no information flag being gotten by the DAC from PC, orange for a computerized flag got yet no sound, and green for when a sound flag is gotten. There are no drivers or other programming to introduce in your PC.

NuForce Air DAC

As befits frameworks that cost just $179 USD (uWireless) and $199 (iWireless), the Air DACs themselves are really straightforward in tolerating just two-channel sound signs at 16-bit/48kHz. NuForce's Casey Ng let me know, "Picking just a single speed, the first outline group settled on 16/48 in light of the fact that it's a default rate bolstered by the most gadgets, while 44.1 is a number that can't be completely separated by a CPU clock, and could present similarity issues with other equipment, for example, a cell phone."

Ng was more watched about other specialized points of interest. When I asked him what DAC chip was utilized, he stated, "We jump at the chance to keep this data restrictive. From the start, NuForce trusts that there is no stable from the DAC chip. Or maybe, it must be taken overall plan. By uncovering the DAC chip, we get into the stereotyping ('Oh, they utilized the XYZ DAC, it must sound warm and have no bass')." He allowed that there is just aloof sifting between the DAC chip and the Air DACs' yield jacks.

The Air DACs offer great adaptability in that one transmitter can sustain up to four beneficiaries. For example, each can sustain one recipient for two-channel sound, and another that works into a controlled subwoofer. Or on the other hand it can at the same time supply signs to sound frameworks in a few unique rooms. To this end, NuForce offers the transmitters and recipients independently, and in addition together.

The way to these little jewels is SKAA, another remote convention made by Eleven Engineering, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada ( Eleven is cagey about the specialized subtle elements, yet they do state that SKAA utilizes the 2.4GHz band, as complete various different remote advances. As indicated by the reality sheet, "SKAA utilizes a licensed remote convention, Walking Frequency Diversity (WFD), to maintain a strategic distance from clashes with different remote gadgets. This empowers SKAA to convey sound free of snaps, pops and dropouts. WFD maintains a strategic distance from crashes with different gadgets so viably that Eleven routinely exhibits SKAA gadgets even in RF-immersed conditions, for example, occupied public exhibitions." NuForce claims a scope of 15-30m for their usage of SKAA in the Air DACs.

Establishment . . .

. . . couldn't be considerably easier - it took me around three minutes. I connected the USB transmitter to my PC, associated the recipient to my sound framework and to its outer power supply, and took a gander at the highest point of the beneficiary. In the event that the SKAA catch is orange or green, you're ready. In the event that you utilize extra Air DAC collectors, a couple of more straightforward advances are required.

NuForce Air DAC

Two of those three minutes of setup I went through fiddling with JRiver's Media Center so it would transmit everything in two channels at 16/48. I chose Direct Sound under Media Center's Tools/Options/Audio Output, and utilized DSP Studio to have Media Center go along everything in the Air DAC's required organization. I found that somewhat awkward, as I at that point needed to change Media Center's settings at whatever point I needed to utilize my principle DAC.

NuForce Air DAC IWireless transmitterTo attempt the iWireless, I obtained a companion's iPhone 4S. That was significantly less difficult: I connected the transmitter to the base of the iPhone, which promptly remembered it. Similarly as fast, we could listen by means of the sound framework to anything the telephone could pull up. Since my pal doesn't keep music documents on his iPhone, our listening was constrained to what we could discover on Internet Radio stations and radio-station streams.


More often than not I utilized the Air DAC with my littler, front room framework (portrayed underneath). Regularly, when I'm taking a shot at my PC, I'll associate with an online music benefit, for the most part the Jazz Groove ( or the Pittsburgh Jazz Channel ( The music is extraordinary, yet the sound from my PC's worked in speakers resembles that of an AM take transistor radio from the 1960s. With the Air DAC uWireless, I could send music from PC to sound framework with no issue. What's more, the sound was very great.

At some point, the Pittsburgh Jazz Channel was coming in with a +60kbps flag by means of JRiver Media Center, and the sound was great. There was no staging on the cymbals, which regularly happens with low-transfer speed advanced signs. The sound was all around adjusted: the low end was definitive, the highs were fresh without being piercing, and the soundstage was more than satisfactory. The same connected to the Jazz Groove, whose sound is by all accounts exceptionally broadband. (Jazz Groove utilizes its own particular player, so JRiver's instructive piece rate sign wasn't accessible). Partition was very great, and soundstaging was similarly as I envision it ought to have been with generally cuts.

It was each of the an ideal case of the primary govern of figuring: rubbish in measures up to trash out (GIGO). In the event that the stream had been upgraded for earbuds, (for example, anything from Clear Channel Radio's "I Heart Radio" feeds), or if its administrators unmistakably felt that AM radio was the pinnacle of value sound (one of the world's best oldies stations,, on Long Island, New York, appears to take this position), the framework sounded entirely lousy.

NuForce Air DAC

In any case, the sound of Classic FM from London and numerous US open radio stations was adequate or better - and absolutely sufficient for not as much as over the top tuning in. Bass lines were superior to anything I expected: clean and with great profundity. Male and female voices sounded normal. A portion of the traditional streams had been subjected to some pressure (likely to utilize less data transfer capacity), yet much of the time not to a shocking degree.

I played various local 24/96 documents from my PC. The Air DAC transmitted downconverted 16/48 records, yet through my primary framework I heard no huge contrast between the sound of my HRT Music Streamer II+ (at 24/96 goals) and the Air DAC uWireless. As usual, I tuned in to Fourplay's "Bali Run," and it essentially summed up my aggregate understanding: The huge bass sounded similarly fat through both DACs. Weave James' piano had more haul at 24/96, however Lee Ritenour's guitar was fresh and full. The percussion had somewhat less chomp by means of the uWireless, yet regardless, I was inspired with the general sound of the Air DAC.


NuForce's Air DAC iWireless and uWireless are not the end-all and be-all of DACs, and were not intended to be. Or maybe, they strike me as extremely fit specialty gadgets intended to get brilliant sound from a PC, cell phone, or tablet to a sound framework with the minimum conceivable exertion while as yet sounding great. I never encountered any glitches in sound - the SKAA remote framework appeared to work faultlessly.

I generously suggest the Air DACs, particularly at their costs - either will give the benefit of remote network for the expense of a basic, passage level wired DAC. They're the genuine article.

everything that is gone into it, we can eagerly suggest the Nuforce Air DAC framework. It's a sensibly valued answer for those hoping to stream superb music to their A/V framework without being fastened by wires. We preferred that it sounded much superior to Apple's AirPlay alternative and that it even contrasted positively with a run of the mill wired association. Its usability makes it such an easy decision, to the point that even your grandmother could set it up with a briskness and in a split second be groovin' to the sound. We can't think about any higher acclaim than that. Bravo, Nuforce, for making it less demanding for the majority to appreciate great tunes from their PCs and Apple stuffs.


Simple to set up and utilize

Sound quality tantamount to wired association and superior to Apple AirPlay

No Wi-Fi or system setup required

Amazing bass and tonal adjust

Can be utilized with up to four transmitters/recipients


Can drop flag if put close different remote segments

No RCA or different interconnects included

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