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Digital to Analog Converter

Discussion in 'Audio Terms' started by Jeemy, Apr 19, 2010.

  1. Jeemy

    Jeemy Well-Known Member

    Sep 19, 2003
    In electronics, a digital-to-analog converter (DAC, D/A, D–A, D2A, or D-to-A) is a function that converts digital data (usually binary) into an analog signal (current, voltage, or electric charge). An analog-to-digital converter (ADC) performs the reverse function. Unlike analog signals, digital data can be transmitted, manipulated, and stored without degradation, albeit with more complex equipment. But a DAC is needed to convert the digital signal to analog to drive an earphone or loudspeaker amplifier in order to produce sound (analog air pressure waves.

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