| | 10-28-2012, 01:23 AM #1
So... I went to the local Microsoft Store to fight off the urge to impulse buy the thing. I was armed with my studio monitor headphones and a FiiO E17 USB DAC & Amplifier. I just knew Windows RT wouldn't be able to handle this, which would surely turn me away.
First, I plugged in my headphones just to test the sound quality. To my surprise, it was what I would call excellent! It was able to drive my cans and really reach throughout the audible range of my music.
Ok, I thought... I came here to eliminate the Surface based on whether or not I can plug in my USB DAC and use it. I plugged it in and stuck my headphones in the jack. In an instant, just pure bliss!! I couldn't believe it handled this without hiccup.
I wasted no time buying the Surface at that point. By the way, I got so many looks from me plugging in all my gear. No lie, three people bought a Surface right after me after watching me putting it through its paces (one younger person, and two other men). When I whipped out my phone to do a bank transfer, one guy did ask what kind of phone I was using. LOL. I just said it's a "Nokia".
I would say that the Surface is a HIT.