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    Cayin RU6Cayin RU6
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    Cayin RU6

    Cayin Audio were R2R pioneers in a smart music player, but the advent of the R2R RU6 USB-C DAC/amp dongle establishes them as masters of the fully-discrete resistor DAC topology in portable audio. Entering 2022, this is all it takes to achieve the buttery, natural and resolving sound, plus imaging depth, R2R is known for. Building a discrete R2R DAC in N6II/R01 had already been no mean feat. Yet to have gone one further, and implemented a 4.4mm DAC dongle for Android, iPads and laptops is a most ambitious step for R2R. It's worth it to Headfonics who cite RU6's "analog" approach, and the innovation extending to its volume control is lauded by Headfonia. [See Product Desc. For More] It gets harder every time it gets smaller, so RU6 marks Cayin as masters showcasing how they can make it work. Descended from R01, RU6's boasts a chain of 96 0.1% precision, temperature stable, resistors. That imparts a fidelity to mobile audio not yet experienced. Over 200 mW of balanced power gets most earphones and headphones loud, on the move. ecoustics say RU6 "is not only very unique but also one of the best of its kind". Everyday Listening rates "RU6’s wide stage and analogue-like note presentation granting it one of the sweetest and most euphonic sounds I’ve encountered". After thorough comparisons with other options, Twister6 qualifies RU6 as capable of replacing entry-level music players. Prime Audio Reviews confirms it differentiates itself from other DAC/amps, and it's Ear Fidelity's Best Portable DAC of 2021. Your music will be decoded up and down RU6's 24-bit ladder of individual resistors, crammed into its thumb-sized chassis over two separate six-layer PCBs. The actual R2R ladder DAC is kept apart from signal processing to lower noise. We pay attention when Cayin implement RU6 ala typical R2R – with a NOS (non-oversampling) mode. That's double the feat because the precision demanded goes up. Amidst minimal digital filtering, R2R's analog-like goodness gets delivered unmolested to your ears. Lovers of reference sound need not fret, however, with RU6's ability to switch from NOS to oversampling mode for the cleanest possible result. That scrubs any last distortion and artifacts beyond the audible human hearing range, leaving you to just enjoy your music, naturally, via one more Cayin innovation yet. That precision is backed up by a low-power, fully analog, volume control solution. A series resistor operates with shunts as voltage dividers in tandem with relays, to maintain near-perfect resolution of your music and a signal-to-noise ratio of over 110 dB. A totally novel volume solution has made this a feat for a USB-powered dongle DAC; let alone a R2R one.  Take all 30g of the RU6 built from CNC aluminium with you in your pocket, bundled with a USB-C cable as stock for all your mobile devices, with additional leather cases and Lightning-to-USB-C cable (not MFI-certified) sold separately.  Also check out the rest of Cayin's releases here, or view our other DAC/amps here.

    $349

    Our Price | $329

    Questyle M12Questyle M12

    Questyle M12

    Questyle Audio adhere faithfully to current-mode amplification at all form factors, their dedication to this technology extending down to their thumbdrive-sized DAC dongle, the M12.  It's easy to hear why, if audible results count to you. Operating in current-mode, audio signal gets passed in current instead of the more standard voltage. This eliminates the lag time of the signal that might otherwise occur, as it builds up at the capacitances in the circuit – current signal passes through unhindered as compared to voltage, with speed and ease. [See Product Desc. For More] By doing away with the issue of transmission delay in M12, Questyle virtually eliminates any of the harshness caused by the intermodulation distortion associated with high capacitance, solid-state circuits. Typical of their high-end offerings, M12 presents detail smoothly and organically without exaggerated warmth or bloat. It easily earned Stereophile's praise for its transparency. Another effect of being unhindered by capacitance in the signal path means that huge signal bandwidth is possible, leading to phase response being accurately preserved in the human hearing range. Indeed, to hear current-mode is to hear a naturalness to music not encountered before in a conventional circuit, and Questyle build M12 as an affordable entry to such a topology. Happily use with any low-impedance device (current signals excel the closer a load is to ground) such as Focal's new line of headphones – Radiance, Celestee and Clear MG – plus Rosson Audio Design and CIEM heavyweights Craft Ears and Empire Ears. // GOOD TO KNOW  Current Mode Amplification Smart impedance matching from 8 to 600 Ohms. Ultra low distortion 0.0003% ES9281AC chip (Decodes up to PCM 384kHz/32bit and DSD256) Supports MQA decoding Supports TRRS in-line mic input Gain indicator  Data indicator Compatible with Android 5.0 & above and iPhones (Lightning cable not provided) Dimensions: 5.1 X 1.65 X 0.81 cm Output Power: Built-in smart detection circuit will automatically self-adjust the output power to fit different impedance of headphones. RL=16Ω – Po=46.11mW; RL=32Ω – Po=26.71mW; RL=300Ω – Po=12.26mW; When the detected impedance is less than 70Ω, M12 will self-adjust to low gain output. When it is more than 70Ω, M12 will self-adjust to high gain output. When it is more than 600Ω, M12 will automatically switch to 2Vrms line out. // WHAT'S IN THE BOX:  1 x M12 Mobile Amplifier with DAC 1 x M12 description card 1 x Type-C to USB-A Cable  1 x Type-C to USB-C Cable

    $169

    Our Price | $169

    iFi Zen CANiFi Zen CAN

    iFi Zen CAN

    iFi Audio is ready for its hat-trick, and they've come a long way from playing the long ground since 2019. A series of winners from the ZEN DAC to the hip-dac2, it didn't need the third goal, but why not put it at the back of the net for legacy, applause and hashtag #becauseIcan? [See Product Desc. For More] We would admit our fan art but we refuse to underplay the success of packing in 1,600W or "52x more power" into this tiny solid chassis. Headfonia and Positive Feedback were extremely complimentary, no surprises there. What Hi-Fi? rolled it all together with a 5 ⭐ rating. It also speaks the 2020 language: 4.4mm. We hope you're ready to stack. This stamp-sized marvel designed with the help of Hi-Fi legend John Curl of Parasound fame is worth accommodating.

    $279

    Our Price | $265.05

    Questyle M15Questyle M15

    Questyle M15

    Questyle Audio adhere faithfully to current-mode amplification at all form factors, and building a 4.4mm balanced output into the M15 just extended the capabilities of their flagship dongle. ecoustics rate it on par with legacy music players and "would suggest trying it before you pay for anything else". MOONSTAR Reviews echo M15 competes on equal terms as music players. Headphonesty hail it as liquid gold. It's easy to hear why, if audible results count to you. Operating in current-mode, audio signal gets passed in current instead of the more standard voltage. The Legend Evo from Empire Ears provides instant synergy, given its 3ohm load. Current-mode amplification eliminates the lag time of the signal that might otherwise occur, as it builds up at the capacitances in the circuit – current signal passes through unhindered as compared to voltage, with speed and ease. [See Product Desc. For More] By doing away with the issue of transmission delay in M15, Questyle virtually eliminates any of the harshness caused by the intermodulation distortion associated with high capacitance, solid-state circuits. Typical of their high-end offerings, M15 decodes digital via its ESS Technology ES9281AC DAC smoothly and organically, without exaggerated warmth or bloat.  That small signal then takes advantage of being unhindered by capacitance in the signal path. An added benefit from current-mode amplification is that huge signal bandwidth is possible, leading to phase response being accurately preserved in the human hearing range. Indeed, to hear current-mode is to hear a naturalness to music not encountered before in a conventional circuit, and Questyle build M15 as an affordable entry to such a topology. Happily use with any low-impedance device (current signals excel the closer a load is to ground) such as Rosson Audio Designs, the Vision Ears Elysium EXT, plus CIEM heavyweights Craft Ears and Empire Ears – particularly the latter's Odin and Legend Evo. Driving low impedances is M15's forte. But bridge-tied load balanced operation now means this dongle also doubles voltage swing compared to single-ended operation, to drive higher impedances credibly too. Explore how Questyle's current-mode scheme in CMA15 can further benefit your planar-magnetic headphones at the desk, or browse our other mobile DAC/amps here.

    $349

    Our Price | $329

    iFi GO bluiFi GO blu

    iFi GO blu

    An utterly modern device, GO blu reflects iFi Audio's understanding of new-age listeners. This Bluetooth 5.1, LDAC and aptX HD receiver is also a balanced 4.4mm amplifier, giving you all the power you need with a battery life of up to 10 hours. And, it's as small as your TraceTogether token. How iFi stuffed in its balanced circuit, Qualcomm QCC 5100 Bluetooth receiver and outboard Cirrus Logic CS43131 DAC chip is a closely guarded secret they won't be telling anyone in a hurry. [See Product Desc. For More] Convenience aside, GO blu is a genuinely audiophile design with boutique parts and an attention to circuit detail – including direct coupling – that belies its use cases and form factor. Headfonia puts this iFi through its paces, and it won this race. Just like What Hi-Fi? awarded GO blu 5 ⭐ and an Applause Award followed from StereoNET. Headfonics love "it's appropriately named a pocket rocket because that’s what it is". That's proven in iFi's USB-C socket that doubles as charging input and wired DAC input, if you'd like the ultimate in pocket fidelity. Enjoy it to its maximum via the 4.4mm cable supplied with Audio-Technica's MSR7b – or at home with any one of iBasso Audio's SR2 or Focals via a CB17 cord. See what more iFi can do in larger form factors here, or view our other portable DAC/amps here.

    $279

    Our Price | $265.05

    iFi xDSD GryphoniFi xDSD Gryphon

    iFi xDSD Gryphon

    xDSD Gryphon is the host with the most, but in reality it's possibly the most focused recent offering of technology from iFi Audio. Most, if not all, of iFi's latest innovations in the arena appear in xDSD Gryphon – for the single-minded enjoyment of portable and desktop listeners alike. It goes straight onto Headfonia's Recommended Buys list, and sounded excellent at all times on Headfonics. [See Product Desc. For More] xDSD Gryphon is transparent while not being afraid to have fun doing so. Playing in stock configuration, it keeps the beat going and your listening always engaging and apace with the track. Audio-PH say it's a "complete device in all respects, harmonious and balanced in everything". Gryphon is perfect to help your spacious, reference, gear like Audio-Technica's AWAS, Empire Ears ESR II, Oriolus Traillii, Rosson Audio Designs and Sennheiser's HD800S live a little. A true balanced, differential PureWave circuit co-designed by Hi-Fi legend John Curl makes its smallest, most portable appearance yet to add correct colour to life on the move. Size is no excuse for compromise and xDSD's power stage is direct-coupled for extended bandwidth into the lowest frequencies for excellent phase reproduction and fast-sounding bass. Gryphon may be tiny but is mighty, putting out up to 1,000mW of power in balanced 4.4mm. Eschewing global negative feedback in favour of local feedback for a more natural sound, PureWave is a true high-performance circuit befitting of your flagship earphones and headphones. A digitally-controlled analog volume control preserves resolution and the low noise of xDSD Gryphon, while maintaining perfect channel balance and tracking even at minute volume. This control christened CyberSync overrides all other controls from your sources, leaving you no doubt that your xDSD is operating at maximum dynamic range with no unsuspecting digital attenuation going on where it shouldn't happen. Never worry about missing bits again. All this technology befits a wired connection via included iOS Lightning, USB-C and USB-A OTG cables. But in a pinch xDSD Gryphon transforms into an aptX Adaptive, aptX HD and LDAC Bluetooth receiver with Qualcomm’s new QCC5100 Bluetooth chip feeding the master Burr-Brown DAC. XSpace, XBass II and a Presence control round off a list of features, none of them redundant and all fully focused on pure musical pleasure from xDSD Gryphon. View its bigger iDSD Signature brother here, all iFi's other hits here, or our other portable DAC/amps here.

    $839

    Our Price | $797.05

    iBasso DC05iBasso DC05
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    iBasso DC05

    ESS Technology DAC chips debut here in an iBasso Audio USB-C DAC/amp dongle, and boy does it show in the way the 3.5mm DC05 sounds. Plenty more involvement and detail shows in the way this dual ES9219C dongle that plays Tidal MQA sounds, reminiscent in more ways than one of the flagship DX240 music player. Headfonia consider DC05 a "very serious option", and Headfonics add it has everything for a 3.5mm DAC/amp. This iBasso made its way into Audiophile-Heaven's Hall of Fame. To turn your Android, iPad or other mobile device into something mimicking iBasso's reference DAP is no mean feat, but hearing is believing. Enjoy lots of involvement through the mid-range in particular where the majority of your music lies, though that doesn't detract from plenty of presence still in the lows and highs.  Drive your favourite earphones and headphones alike through DC05, or browse iBasso's other offerings here and our other DAC/amps here.

    $89

    Our Price | $89

    Cayin C9Cayin C9

    Cayin C9

    Cayin Audio's famed amplification packs up to join you back on the road with the launch of C9, featuring 4.4mm and 3.5mm inputs and outputs. Headfonics praise it to the roof as it "revitalises tubes on the go, a traditional niche in our hobby that seems to be forgotten", going on to name it Best Portable Amp of 2021. This battery-powered, tube and solid-state hybrid lands in time for use on your office desks and in hotel rooms, establishing your reference headphone listening anywhere you so choose. [See Product Desc. For More] C9 is a fully-balanced, truly differential amplifier built upon the essentials establishing a device as basically thoroughly engineered. READ ALSO The full blow-by-blow story of C9's technical innovations A high operating voltage of more than eight volts and a reliance on discrete parts for over 90 per cent of the design means C9 is not only capable of putting out over 4 watts per channel, but also ensuring it is the cleanest, most linear kind of signal possible. Achieving 125dB of signal-to-noise ratio would not have been otherwise possible in a discrete design, with all the benefits that brings, without exacting layout. The input section exists on the popular Nutube. C9's dual timbre circuit revolves around two of Korg's fluorescent triodes or toggled solid-state FETs, the philosophical transistor alternative. READ ALSO C9 blurs the line with desktop amplifiers The delicate input signal is then passed to a discrete solid-state output stage that can be switched between working in pure Class A mode or Class AB. Built with individual transistors of Cayin's choosing allows great control over tuning and an innately linear open-loop circuit, with minimal negative feedback, to be fashioned, while producing genuine current for demanding headphone loads. C9 is a brute in ballet shoes, confirmed by the big volume pot controlling dual precise MUSES resistor ladder attenuator parts occurring after the driver stage, kept far from the input signal for maximum integrity.  Line outputs from Cayin's own N6II/E02, HiBy Music's New R6 plus R2R RS6, and iBasso Audio's DX320 will never be better pampered than via C9. Use it in a mobile stack acting as the platform for Hedd's HEDDphone® – absolutely recommended, says Ear Fidelity – MYSPHERE 3.2, Rosson Audio Designs, plus almost any ABYSS or HIFIMAN, to shine. "And while DAPs come and go", Twister6 believes "C9 should last you a while to enhance any source you pair it up with". Headfonia say it "should really be the first amp to look at to get four completely different sound signatures that's simply impressive". See how Cayin's design chops translate to their desktop amplifier offerings here, or view our other DAC and amplifier offerings here.

    $2,799

    Our Price | $2,599

    iBasso DC04iBasso DC04

    iBasso DC04

    New and improved USB-C to 4.4mm second-generation audio amplifier by Ibasso.  2 x CS43131 DAC Chips Up to 32bit/384kHz PCM Decoding  Up to 256x Native DSD Decoding with a THD+N below 0.00032%  High Power Output of up to 195mW@32Ohm, 4Vrms@300Ohm

    $99

    Our Price | $99

    Audioquest Dragonfly CobaltAudioquest Dragonfly Cobalt
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    Audioquest Dragonfly Cobalt

    From the original creators of the portable DAC/Amp as we know it today: Audioquest follow up with the Dragonfly Cobalt, on the back of the rave Dragonfly Black and Dragonfly Red. [See Product Desc. For More] Digital audio has moved on from the very earliest days. Cobalt comes brought up to speed with ESS Sabre's latest ES9038Q2M, MQA decoding and an adherence to minimum-phase reconstruction for the smoothest yet most detailed sound yet. Coming with its own USB-C adapter for smartphone, tablet and Apple iPad use, Audioquest have thought of everything in their most mature product yet. Please view their options here or our other DAC/Amp ones here.

    $399

    Our Price | $359

    AAW Accessport iOSAAW Accessport iOS

    AAW Accessport iOS

    Your iPhone doesn't have a headphone jack? Here's how you keep wired, and get everything to sound better. The detail put into the design of this MFI-certified iOS DAC and amp lies not just in its great sound, but also in the user's ability to charge and listen to music at the same time. AAW's Accessport empowers listeners with great sound, and the battery to keep the tunes flowing.

    $79

    Our Price | $79

    iFi hip-dac 2iFi hip-dac 2

    iFi hip-dac 2

    iFi Audio's hip-dac 2 is the perfect companion for music lovers on the go. Not only will its 4.4mm balanced and regular 3.5mm outputs make your tunes sound fabulous, its hot, on-trend styling will make them look pretty amazing too. [See Product Desc. For More] Smartly dressed in sunset orange, the battery-powered hip-dac 2 was designed to slip discreetly into your pocket but its cool look might mean you want to keep it on display. With enough power to drive 300 ohm Sennheisers or ZMF Headphones, and 420 ohm Audio-Technicas, hip-dac 2 is here to stay. Far from an empty upgrade designation, Headfonics say iFi souped up its iconic portable DAC/amp to ride into a glorious future. Headfonia say ifi added "some small but rather important updates" over its predecessor to land it on its Recommended Buys list. hip-dac 2 is likewise fully recommended by Audiophile-Heaven. See the rest of iFi Audio's innovations here, or browse the rest of our collection of DACs and amplifiers here.

    $269

    Our Price | $255.55

    Hiby FC3Hiby FC3

    Hiby FC3

    HiBy's USB DAC and headphone amplifier built for smartphones, laptops and desktops. ES9281pro DAC Supports MQA HiRes certified 70mW high power Low battery consumption ES9281pro DAC RGB indicator light DSD128 3.5mm headphone jack All metal body

    $99

    Our Price | $99

    HUM MA1B Black Limited Edition

    HUM MA1B Black Limited Edition

    A 5th Year Anniversary Limited Edition, in the perfect shade of black. HUM made it easy for us when they showed how portable amplification is done. The equation showed to be perfect right angles housing Class-A power, embracing the 4.4 and finished it with the most perfect gold knob you'll enjoy turning to power your favourite headphones without taking up your desk space. It sounds as clean as its lines, its reputation as understated as its size. It's 5-5-5 instead of the usual five-eight-nine, because its the Fifth Anniversary Edition for early-birds who adopt it before 15th of July 2020. === // Good to know:- Audio In/Out: 4.4mm TRRRS Gain Settings: Low Mid High Battery Capacity: 3800mAh@3.8V Battery Life: ~ 8 hours Charging Time: ~ 2 hours Size: 68.5*105*12mm // Further recommendations:-  Customers also choose HUM Tara interconnect to connect to their Digital Audio Player(s) of choice. 

    $589

    Our Price | $555

    HUM MA1BHUM MA1B
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    HUM MA1B

    Class A amplification in the most perfect, sleekest form available. Clean, precise presentation with a 4.4mm configuration which makes it instantly pocketable to drive big cans with ease. A favourite amongst customers who are struggling with desk space at home. / Photography by Zepp Crew ---  // Good to know:- Audio In/Out: 4.4mm TRRRS Gain Settings: Low Mid High Battery Capacity: 3800mAh@3.8V Battery Life: ~ 8 hours Charging Time: ~ 2 hours Size: 68.5*105*12mm // Further recommendations:-  Customers also choose HUM Tara interconnect to connect to their Digital Audio Player(s) of choice. 

    $589

    Our Price | $589

    iFi iDSD DiabloiFi iDSD Diablo

    iFi iDSD Diablo

    If the devil is in the details then iFi Audio named the iDSD Diablo aptly. The heights the proven platform that was Micro iDSD Signature gets taken to the rafters with its further optimised circuit and boutique parts overflowing from its red, race car chassis. iFi's usual custom operational amplifiers show up here in a design that boasts more careful application of local negative feedback, rather than the more standard global variety. It's Headphonesty's "unique mix of raw, fire-breathing power and refined audio perfection in a no-frills portable package". [See Product Desc. For More] By using sparing error correction, iDSD Diablo veers from the glare and harshness of cheaper solid-state designs caused by transient intermodulation distortion, with the signal from dual Burr-Brown DACs still being clean and precise throughout. Purewave, the name coined for the direct-coupled analogue circuit developed for iFi by Hi-Fi and Parasound legend John Curl, ensures a fully balanced, differential signal path produces minimal distortion and up to 120 dB of signal-to-noise ratio.  Such performance is possible also due a high 15 volt operating voltage – a number much more akin to desktop amplifiers – that expands headroom and circuit linearity in tandem with Diablo's local, carefully applied, negative feedback. That precision gets backed by even more power: nearly five watts stands ready to drive any headphone load, including a HEDDphone®, HIFIMAN, MYSPHERE 3.2 and Rosson Audio Design. Accessorisation fitting for the premium status of this red arrow is included, not least a carrying pouch that'll accomodate iFi's low-noise iPower DC charger and a 4.4mm balanced line-out cable to dual XLR cables, to feed a desktop amplifier. Trusted Reviews awards it 5 ⭐, praise that is matched by Headfonics saying "sonically it's the best iFi DAC amplifier made up to date". Diablo is everything HIFI Trends expects a reference device to sound like, and this portable behemoth didn't shy away from being compared to desktop gear by Audiophilia. Strap in for a wild ride with iDSD Diablo, before exploring iFi's other releases here, or our other DAC and amplifier options here.

    $1,399

    Our Price | $1,329.05

    iFi iDSD SignatureiFi iDSD Signature

    iFi iDSD Signature

    iFi Audio have left their mark on Head-Fi since the very beginning and what better product for them to leave their Signature on than the iDSD. Their most potent DAC/amp product has been powering our listening on the go for the decade that's gone before, and iDSD Signature now gets a refresh with a new 4.4mm output capable of pushing over 4 watts. [See Product Desc. For More] This power meets precision, balancing just the right tinge of warmth to add emotion to a detailed and airy tuning that is faithful to the recording. This handy devices takes a USB input from your PC or your computer, and puts traditional iFi know-how at your service. Among the smallest portable products that come direct coupled input to output, iDSD Signature is ready to set a standard at any level. It's already drawn praise on Headfonia for its versatility, power and transparency, easily making its way onto the 'Recommended Components' list there. Headfonics add it's "a fun machine capable of driving practically every headphone out there while at the same time remaining highly musical" and named it Best Portable DAC/Amp of 2021. The Audio Beatnik wraps it up nicely, how close iDSD Signature gets you to the performance of full-size desktop components. View the rest of iFi's line here, or check out our other DAC/amp options here. 

    $1,059

    Our Price | $1,006.05

    Lotoo PAW S2Lotoo PAW S2
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    Lotoo PAW S2

    Lotoo have done it again with PAW S2. The same AKM AK4377 DAC makes another appearance, but S2's platform to perform vastly outstrips its predecessor. [See Product Desc. For More] Trickling down from the superb Lotoo PAW Gold Touch and PAW6000 is the Blackfin DSP chip by Analog Devices. The Blackfin is loaded with code written by Lotoo to present raw I2S for its DAC, sourcing its clock from an AKM PLL chip, so S2's decoding ability goes up significantly. Tidal MQA decoding also arrives as standard. It's absolutely the host with the most (bar Bluetooth) to Twister6. PAW S2's clean, quiet small signal then gets output to a potent 150mW headphone amplifier that outputs in balanced 4.4mm. This little pocket powerhouse leaves you missing little from the full-size experience. Also browse Lotoo's other releases here, or our other portable DAC/amps here.

    $379

    Our Price | $369

    Ikko ITM05Ikko ITM05

    Ikko ITM05

    Ikko Audio's ITM05 music patch won us over with its innovative form factor. If you have been looking at DAC/AMP dongles and adaptors to improve the sound quality on your phone, this patch is what you need for your HiFi on-the-go. // GOOD TO KNOW 2 x CS43198 DAC Chip 3.5mm or 2.5mm Available in black(ready stocks) or white(in October) USB-C or Apple lightning (MFI certified)

    $249

    Our Price | $235

    ADV. Accessport Lite USB-C Gen 2ADV. Accessport Lite USB-C Gen 2
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    ADV. Accessport Lite USB-C Gen 2

    Better sounding than a 3.5mm USB-C phone dongle. The Advanced Accessport Lite USB-C is small but makes big promises, to offer you a sound quality boost whenever you plug it in. Nintendo Switch fans should also check out our Dignis Switch Pleve series. 

    $49

    Our Price | $49

    Mass Kobo Model 404 Headphone Amplifier
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    Mass Kobo Model 404 Headphone Amplifier

    Have you got 6 x AA Eneloop Pro batteries ready? This is a phenomenal amplifier by Mass-Kobo that delivers clean clarity and the power you need for almost every can out there. All amplification alters the sound of your set up and this one your top-grade sushi knife slicing through a nice big slab of freshest catch (no offense intended for vegans) and you're ready to have your kaiseiki playlist of the day. It's smooth, sharp without hiss, delivering a sweetness to your music. We compared this to the MK394ii which is pitched lower in voice, tagged higher in price. It's day and night in character while retaining the same clean power that Mass-Kobo is renowned for. This is dawn, while the 394ii is dusk.Portable enough for travel and effortlessly sufficient for small desks or bedside rigs to power up cans like the Audio-Technica ADX5000, Final Audio D8000Pro, Abyss, Audezes, and Hifiman's entire line-up. Note: You can plug in to power, but we recommend using six AA batteries to remove the possibility of background noise coming from unclean power sources.

    $2,399

    Our Price | $2,399

    Hiby FC4Hiby FC4

    Hiby FC4

    A good dongle DAC starts with its DAC chips but top performance entails so much more, HiBy Music prove with FC4. Their latest balanced 4.4mm dongle supplied by dual ESS Technology ES9218PC DAC chips, with analog volume control aboard. In this way HiBy claim 340 milliwatts of power and yet maintain 123dB of signal-to-noise ratio, for music player levels of detail and fidelity even from USB's 5 volt supply. [See Product Desc. For More] In fact, a whole digital subsystem was built around HiBy's uber-affordable dongle. FC4 boasts a FPGA working in tandem with two clocks to supply its ES9218PC DACs a clean I2S input. HiBy derive an overbuilt clocking system this way, pushing down phase noise and reducing jitter even at this form factor. FC4's USB-C receiver is also of excellent quality to run an excellent asynchronous signal from your phone, tablet or computer, and its powerful DSP works in tandem with the FPGA to preserve the integrity of your music data for decoding. Additionally, HiBy's onboard volume control buttons ensures you can run a true 8 times MQA even from portable Android devices, with sample-rate indication lights confirming it. This portable powerhouse comes with a detachable cable and can be adapted for a range of mobile applications, from smartphones to iOS Lightning and laptops. Also browse the rest of HiBy's options here, or our other DAC/amps here.

    $139

    Our Price | $139

    iFi Go BariFi Go Bar

    iFi Go Bar

    The GO Bar gets you all the iFi Audio energy you need on the go. Their balanced 4.4mm dongle packs a punch. It's a wonder that something so small can deliver everything your listening needs, in a triumph of modern portable audio. Coming with GO Bar are four selectable digital filter options to dial in your sound. Never accuse iFi for a lack of flexibility, or features. IEMatch tailors noise levels to suit sensitive Campfire Audio models, while XBass+ and XSpace adapt GO Bar to yet more of your tastes. Many tricks up Go Bar's sleeve, that merely whet our appetites for the raw power iFi have packed in. Nearly half a watt stands by to push any realistic portable pair of cans you take with you. The signal path is of the utmost quality, direct-coupled output stage meaning low bass gets reproduced better than the competition, for a sound that's larger than life. Headfonics says GO Bar "stand up to its claim of being the most powerful dongle DAC around that employs the addictive iFi features like Xbass and XSpace in a device that is super portable". Also check out the rest of iFi's products here, or our portable DAC/amps here.

    $469

    Our Price | $445.55

    iBasso DC06iBasso DC06

    iBasso DC06

    The mobile revolution continues as driven by iBasso Audio. DC06 is their latest balanced 4.4mm dongle supplied by dual ESS Technology ES9219C DAC chips, with analog volume control aboard. Headfonia praise DC06 as "something really catchy ... a possible must-have". iBasso claim 123dB of signal-to-noise ratio as a result, for music player levels of detail and fidelity even from USB's 5 volt supply. It's solutions like DC06 that continue to see USB DAC/amps raise their game. [See Product Desc. For More] Further pushing decoding precision is an outboard clock that means DC06 does not rely solely on its USB receiving chip for a master clock. iBasso derive a clean clock signal via PLL, pushing down phase noise and reducing jitter even at this form factor. DC06 also decodes 16X MQA, to boot. Pure, clean analog is therefore derived from your mobile sources, and this pristine little dongle DAC isn't afraid to push big cans either – promising up to 320 milliwatts from its 4.4mm output. The DC06 platform comes with a detachable cable and can be adapted for a range of mobile applications, from smartphones to iOS Lightning and laptops. Also browse the rest of iBasso's options here, or our other DAC/amps here.

    $179

    Our Price | $169

    Ikko ITX01 Docking Station

    By order only. Please check with us for lead times.

    $149

    Our Price | $139

    Ikko ITM01 ZerdaIkko ITM01 Zerda

    Ikko ITM01 Zerda

    If you prefer a dongle that offers different modes, this IKKO ITM01 offers three different modes for different days.  Game  Movie  Music The ITM01 uses ESS9298 custom DAC chip for high performance, allowing ultra low noise floor and high-current power supply. It is shielded against interference signals, with a high audio data transmission rate that's facilitated by the customised magnetic connector.IKKO has always been known for it's price to performance, you may check out the rest of IKKO's offerings here.

    $99

    Our Price | $89

    Hiby FC5Hiby FC5

    Hiby FC5

    HiBy Music cue the best associations with ESS Technology through FC5. This 4.4mm portable DAC/amp sources key Sabre parts to build a wonderfully detailed, and powerful, MQA dongle for earphones and headphones alike. It provides "a very nice and clean sonic character" by Headfonics. Audiophile-Heaven rates it "super fun for years to come". An ES9281Pro DAC grants FC5 8x MQA decoding capability in tandem with the likes of Tidal, and dual ES9063Q headphone amplifiers output a total of 250 milliwatts of power. [See Product Desc. For More] Such clean signal and power more than adequately brings out the qualities of Focal's Radiance and Stellia, plus Rosson Audio Designs, accurately rendering transients in a large soundstage but always doing so in a liquid manner with nary a hint of listener fatigue or glare. A button hardware volume control ensures FC5 retains final control of levels and rounds out a tactile feel that accompanies you for all your music at the desk or on the go.  View the rest of Hiby's releases here, or our other portable DAC/amps here.

    $219

    Our Price | $159

    Acoustune AS2000Acoustune AS2000

    Acoustune AS2000

    MFi* (Made for iPhone) dongle-type Lightning connector DAC/AMP made for those who prefer the bitten apple over the green robot. Acoustune did not stop after the Apple certification, but also included 2.5, 3.5, 4.4mm adaptors all in the package. Audiophiles can focus on the search for the earphone to complete their collection, in whichever termination available.  Measures 11cm PCM 24bit/48kHz Certified for Apple (MFi*) means your can update your iOS and the product will continue to work. 

    $199

    Our Price | $175.12

    Who Is The Portable Headphone DAC Amp For?

    A portable DAC amp is a multi-purpose audio device. It interprets digital information, converts it into analogue audio, amplifies the signal, and outputs the superior-quality music to your analogue headphones. The portable DAC amp is for anyone who wants to indulge in superior quality audio without the bulk of a desk DAC amp or when they are commuting.

    Is a USB C Portable DAC Amp Worth It ?

    As a portable device, a USB C DAC amp can be tucked away in a pocket and is a great partner for Android users (iPhones users can still benefit from this audio device with a USB C adapter). Oftentimes, the built-in DAC in phones is unable to do justice to the original recordings of our music. How often do you find yourself constantly turning up the music volume just to try to recreate that “oomph” you left was lacking?

    Not only does doing so hurt your ears, but it also introduces more noise to the music. The portable DAC amp is an excellent solution to enhance the audio quality and have your headphones work at maximum capacity without turning up the volume to the maximum. The result is that you will be able to listen at normal volumes, while enjoying all the tones of the recording!

    The portable USB C DAC/amp solves many issues that internal DACs of a smartphone or laptop are known for. If your devices produce background hiss, unwanted noise, low headphone volume, poor sound quality or does not support specific file data rates, getting a portable DAC amp for your headphones solves these problems, while improving the musical experience, all without damaging your ears.

    Shop at Zeppelin & Co.  

    Head on to our audio cafe to experience our curated range of flagship headphones and recommended pairings with amplifiers and DACs. Have a chat with our friendly crew and we will help you find the right audio device that suits your audio needs by guiding your auditioning non-intrusively. 

    Contact us and we’ll let you explore, experience, and enjoy the audio experience you’ve never known possible!