Fulla

DAC/Amp for Gaming (and Everything Else!)

$99

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Fulla 3 is pretty much the answer to the question, “What’s the most affordable way I can get into great sound for gaming…and music, too?” Because it’s a great DAC/amp with top-shelf components—that also has a very nice microphone input, too. Fulla 3 is ready for your headphones, your headphone mic, your powered monitors, your analog sources, and more.

Total Flexibility for Gaming and Music
Fulla 3 is a complete DAC/Amp that also integrates a high-quality electret mic input. Plug Fulla 3 into virtually any USB port, connect your headphones and microphone, and you’re set for amazing gaming. But that’s only the start:
  • Use it as a great music DAC/amp. You don’t need to be a gamer to appreciate the quality of Fulla 3.
  • Use it as a DAC/preamp. Connect to powered monitors or speaker amps using the variable outputs on the back.
  • Use it as an amp. Connect your phone (or any other analog source) to the convenient front jack. 
  • Use it with phones, tablets, or computers with low-powered USB ports. We’ve included a second USB port for power input. Plug in your phone charger (or any other 5V DC source with micro-USB output) and Fulla 3 tells your source it doesn’t need any power.
Top-Shelf Components
Like DACs costing many times its price, Fulla 3 uses the AKM AK4490 D/A converter. Coupled with an Alps RK09 potentiometer, high-quality filter and amp stages from Texas Instruments, as well as precision thin-film resistors and film capacitors, Fulla delivers performance far beyond its modest price. 
 
Plenty of Headphone Power
Fulla 3 delivers a super punch, up to 400mW into 16 ohms, together with a vanishingly low noise floor and low output impedance. Or, in English, this means it’s a great match for virtually any headphone.
 
Amazing Mic Input
Your friends may think you’ve started your own podcast when they hear Fulla 3’s 24-bit microphone input with AKM analog-to-digital converter. And, automatic gain control makes the mic adjustment-free and super simple to use.
 
Designed and Built in California, 2-Year Warranty, Easy Returns
By “designed and built in California," this is what we mean: the vast majority of the total production cost of Fulla 3—chassis, boards, assembly, etc—goes to US companies manufacturing in the US. Our chassis are made minutes from our facility. Our PCBs are done just over the hill from us, or done in Nevada. Fulla 3 is also covered by a 2-year limited warranty that covers parts and labor. And if you don’t like your Fulla 3, you can send it back for a refund, minus 15% restocking fee, within 15 days of receiving it.

Frequency Response: 20Hz-20Khz, +/-0.5db 

Maximum Power, 16 ohms: 400mW RMS
Maximum Power, 32 ohms: 250mW RMS
Maximum Power, 50 ohms: 200mW RMS
Maximum Power, 300 ohms: 40mW RMS
 
THD: <0.002%, 20Hz-20KHz, at 1V RMS
IMD: <0.002%, CCIR
SNR: >105db, A-weighted, referenced to 1V RMS
Crosstalk: >-80dB, 20Hz-20KHz
 
Output Impedance (headphones): 0.5 ohms
Output Impedance (line out): 75 ohms
Input Impedance (rear 1/8" jack): 10k ohms
 
Gain: 1.7 (4.6db)
 
USB Receiver: C-Media CM6631A
DAC: AKM AK4490 with TI OPA1662-based filter stage
Sample Rates and Bit Depths: 16/44.1 to 24/192 supported without drivers on Windows 10, Mac, Linux, Android (UAC 2 device)
 
Output Stage: TI LMH6643 x 2 (1 per channel) 
 
Power Supply: Via USB, with +/- 5V rails via high-current dual-polarity switching regulator, with inductor filtering and local regulation
 
Power Consumption: 0.8W typical
 
Size: 3.5 x 2.5 x 1.375” (including knob)
Weight: 9 oz
 

Wait a sec! This seems like a Fulla 2 with a microphone input!
That’s exactly what it is. A lot of people wanted a nice, transportable device for gaming, so we added a microphone input to Fulla 2 to make Fulla 3. 

But it’s the same price as Fulla 2. What did you compromise on in order to add the mic input and keep the same price?
We have secret deals with the Chinese government, who actually make the Fulla 3 for us.
 
Really?
No. Duh. We design and build everything here in California, just like we've done from the very start.
 
So do you care to answer the question?
Sure. The reason we could add the mic input—a really nice mic input, actually, with a 24-bit AKM ADC, automatic gain control, and full USB integration, so it just shows up on your list of inputs when you plug it in—is that times have changed, and we make more products more efficiently than ever before. So it doesn’t really cost much more to add the feature.
 
Ah come on! What did you compromise on?
Only one thing, really: we lost the fixed DAC output of Fulla 2 in order to accommodate the mic input. Now, there’s only a variable preamp output, with a marker for typical line-level output, rather than separate fixed and variable output. We think it’s a fairly good tradeoff. You may disagree. 
 
So otherwise this is just a Fulla 2?
Yep. But let’s review what a Fulla 2 is, before you start throwing around that ‘just’ word. A Fulla 3, like Fulla 2, is a DAC/amp flexible enough to cover pretty much all your desktop needs. It has:
  • A big-ass volume knob connected to a well-matched Alps RK09 pot (like we use in Magni)
  • A 1/8” headphone output
  • A 1/8” variable DAC output (so you can use it with powered monitors, or an amp without volume control)
  • A 1/8” stereo analog input (so you can use it as just an amp, bypassing the DAC)
  • A 1/8” mono electret mic input (so you can use it with most electret mics, both those attached to headphones and those that are separate)
  • USB micro inputs for both data/power and power alone (the second power input allows you to connect your phone charger or other 5V supply and bypass USB power.)
So how does this thing work for gaming?
Plug in your headphones and mic (usually using the TRRS-to-dual-TRS adapter supplied with the headphones), plug the Fulla 3 into your computer, select “I’m Fulla Schiit” for both audio output and mic input, and you’re set. Done.
 
Sounds like this is for PCs. How about for consoles?
If your console supports UAC2 (USB Audio Class 2, the standard for USB audio these days), then you’re golden. However, we haven’t tested all consoles. But for Windows 10, most Linux distros, MacOS, iOS, and Android these days, you’re set.
 
What about Windows 7 and 8.1?
We provide drivers for this antique version of Windows that is slated to die in January 2020, and for 8.1. Seriously, though, Windows 10 is really good. Time to move on.
 
Okay. Fine. Let’s talk power. Are you saying that if I plug my phone charger into the power-only USB input, that means the Fulla 3 tells my computer that it doesn’t need any power?
Yes. Or your phone, or tablet, or any other device plugged into the Data/Power USB port. Technically, Fulla 3 tells your computer or phone it needs the full 500mA a USB2 port can supply, unless you plug in a separate power USB, in which case, it tells your computer or phone that it needs 0mA.
 
So, also on this USB power thing, does that mean I can use a super-crazy linear supply that costs 3X as much as the Fulla 3 to get better performance?
Go back and read what you just asked. Seriously, just use your phone charger or something.
 
Yeah, I hear you, but I really really really want to spend a lot of money on a linear power supply that does nothing!
We understand. And you should be free to waste your money any way you'd like. But really, your super-pristine linear supply with the Regurgitson Ultraregulators isn't gonna do anything, since it's running through a switching supply anyway. You know, just like lots of other, more expensive products do...except we tell you this, and don't encourage you to throw money down the loo.
 
So I can use this with iDevices and Android phones with no powered hub?
Many of them, yes. As long as you have a 5V charger of reasonable quality with a micro USB connector for output. You know, like for charging phones. However, note that Android devices are highly variable—just because they're running the latest OS doesn't mean the hardware is up to the task. Some will need helper software like UAPP. 
 
Can I use this with both headphones and powered monitors? 
Yep!
 
Can I use this as just an amp?
Yep!
 
Can I use this as just a DAC?
Yep! It has variable output, with a marker for typical line-level output.
 
If I plug in headphones…
It automatically mutes the preamp outputs. See, we’re getting good at predicting what you’re gonna ask. Kinda like autocorrect. But with less embarrassing mistakes. We hope.
 
Whoa. That’s a whole lot of features! How do you do it for $99 in the USA?
By making tons of them, selling direct, and not being greedy.
 
Hey, I want one of these in silver, not black.
Sorry, only black is available on Fulla 3. Come to the dark side...
 
Why would I step up to a Hel?
Because you want more power or flexibility. Hel delivers 4x the power of Fulla 3, it has a gain switch for harder-to-drive or more sensitive headphones, it has a switchable analog input, and it has front-panel adjustable microphone gain and a stereo mic input. If any of those features are important, it might be worth $90 more than Fulla 3 for your needs.
 
So why would I step up to a Magni/Modi stack? 
More power, more flexibility, bigger wallet, bigger desk—remember, Magni/Modi/Vali combos range from $198 to $398, and cover basic USB-powered DACs to True Multibit DACs, solid-state to tube amps. Also, they don’t provide microphone input for gaming. 
 
So is this gonna sound great with my headphones?
For most headphones, yes. There are some headphones out there that are very hard to drive, or insanely sensitive. Check with the headphone manufacturer if you're unsure.
 
Is 400mW into 16 ohms a lot of power?
Well, you’re not going to arc-weld with it or anything, but it is about 10x the output power of a typical headphone jack on a computer or mobile device. 
 
What comes in the box, besides the Fulla? Do I get a cable with this?
Yes, we supply a 3’ micro USB (to standard USB) cable. Yeah, we know Apple and some other doods are going full-nuts on USB-C. One word: adapters.
 
What about the 1/8” to XLR, or 1/8” to RCA, or 1/8” to 1/8”, or 1/8” to DIN, or whatever cables I need to connect to my speakers or DACs?
That’s a lot of cables. And this thing is $99. Check out Monoprice for 1/8" to dual RCA cables and all the other crazy cables you might need. 
 
Can I use a fancier cable to get better sound?
You can do whatever you’d like, including dancing by the light of the full moon and making small, non-living sacrifices to the audiophile gods.
 
No, seriously.
We are being serious.
 
I’m asking specifically about the cable.
As long as it’s a USB 2.0-rated cable, 2m or less in length, terminated with a micro USB plug on one end, you can use it, sure.
 
And it’ll sound better?
Probably about as much as taping $100 bills to your headphones. Or sending the $100 bills to us. We prefer the latter.
 
You’re messing with me!
Just a little.
 
So what’s Fulla in Norse?
Fulla is a goddess, “bountiful”, and a healer. And if you’re looking to relax to some great tunes on the go, the Schiit Fulla can definitely be a bountiful healer. And that’s not fulla schiit.