Top 10 DAC Headphone Amp Combos
for August 2022

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EPOS | Sennheiser GSX 1000 Gaming Audio Amplifier / External Sound Card, with 7.1 Surround Sound, Side Tone, Gaming DAC and EQ, Headphone amp Compatible with Windows, Mac, Laptops and Desktops.

EPOS

Sennheiser GSX 1000 Gaming Audio Amplifier / External Sound Card, with 7.1 Surround Sound, Side Tone, Gaming DAC and EQ, Headphone amp Compatible with Windows, Mac, Laptops and Desktops.

by Sennheiser Communications
What We like

PC AND HEADPHONE - The GSX 1000 can be used as a desktop, laptop, or headphone amplifier and is ideal for PC and Mac gaming (requires Windows or Mac OSX)

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Product Features

  • MICROPHONE CONTROL - Control and adjust your outgoing mic volume, using the smart microphone volume control on the side of the GSX 1000.
  • GAMING DAC Get precise control of your sound with a dedicated DAC chip that requires no additional drivers, for easy setup. Just plug and play.
  • QUICK SETTING CHANGES save up to 4 customized sound settings on the LED touch panel that allows one-touch mode switch, also between headphone and speaker listening and make fast adjustments with a large aluminum volume Ring
  • SIDETONE - Sidetone control lets you adjust the loudness of your own voice in your headset: you know what you are saying, tune in to your teammates.
  • SIDETONE Adjust the loudness of your own voice in your headset with a simple tap on the touch panel

Sidetone adjust the loudness of your own voice in your headset with a simple tap on the touch panel Quick setting changes save up to 4 customized sound settings on the led touch panel that allows one-touch mode switch, also between headphone and speaker listening and make fast adjustments with a large aluminum volume ring Binaural rendering engine with 7.1 surround - the proprietary high-tech audio engine delivers exceptional spatial awareness and positional game audio. delivers the game audio details and positional audio cues. Eq settings get precise control of your game audio with a dedicated dac chip and eq presets. specially attuned audio presets for competitive gaming focus and balance sound frequencies where they are needed Microphone control - control and adjust your outgoing mic volume, using the smart microphone volume control on the side of the gsx 1000. Spatial awareness reverberation level control changes the spatial feeling from small rooms to open spaces, adding to the gaming immersion. Gaming dac get precise control of your sound with a dedicated dac chip that requires no additional drivers, for easy setup. just plug and play. Sidetone - sidetone control lets you adjust the loudness of your own voice in your headset: you know what you are saying, tune in to your teammates.

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Audioengine D1 24-Bit DAC, Premium Desktop Digital to Analogue Converter & Headphone Amplifier

Audioengine D1 24-Bit DAC

Premium Desktop Digital to Analogue Converter & Headphone Amplifier

by Audioengine
What We like

The D1 is a premium 24-bit DAC and headphone amplifier for your computer, TV, allowing you to bypass your computers sound card or headphone output and send audio through USB or optical

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Product Features

  • FEATURES High-performance DAC and headphone amp, USB and optical inputs, stream bit-perfect 24/96 HD audio, desktop or portable DAC, use with Mac or PC, no driver to install.
  • WORKS WITH Mac, Windows, and Linux Computersplug-and-play with USB. Any TOSLINK Optical connection from CD/DVD Players, TVs, and more! Powered speakers, Stereo/AV Receivers, and your favorite headphones.
  • WHATS INCLUDED: D1 24-bit DAC/Headphone Amp, 2 foot USB cable, setup guide, microfiber bag.

Works with mac, windows, and linux computersplug-and-play with usb. any toslink optical connection from cd/dvd players, tvs, and more! powered speakers, stereo/av receivers, and your favorite headphones. Whats included: d1 24-bit dac/headphone amp, 2 foot usb cable, setup guide, microfiber bag. Features high-performance dac and headphone amp, usb and optical inputs, stream bit-perfect 24/96 hd audio, desktop or portable dac, use with mac or pc, no driver to install.

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iFi Nano iDSD Black Label Portable USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier - Upgrade Smartphones/Digital Audio Players/Tablets/Laptops

iFi Nano iDSD Black Label Portable USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier

Upgrade Smartphones/Digital Audio Players/Tablets/Laptops

by Abbingdon Music Research
What We like

PORTABLE DESIGN - Its a small gadget with a stylish black matte finish. The durable but lightweight aircraft grade aluminium case is unbeatable in Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) and Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) handing. A rechargeable battery provides up to 10 hours of non stop music enjoyment while streaming from Spotify Tidal or Amazon Music

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Product Features

  • HIGH RESOLUTION AUDIO - Plays all high-res audio formats including DSD 256, DXD 384, PCM 384 kHz and MQA with native digital to analog conversion so you can listen to any file the way the original recording was intended
  • TECH PACKED - For enhanced sound the built in iPurifier technology rebalances the USB signal to reduce jitter and packet errors while the built in iEMatch means it can drive high sensitivity headphones. S-Balanced technology means headphone channel separation is unchanged and the Direct Drive Amp will drive high impedance headphones up to around 600 ohms
  • POWERFUL AMPLIFIER - Drive your headphones to their maximum performance with the powerful dual-mono 285 milliwatt headphone amp that's 6 times more powerful than an iPhone. While advanced engineering allows for balanced wiring making this perfect for single-ended and balanced headphones alike
  • EASY CONNECTIVITY - Connect directly to your smartphone, Digital Audio Player or tablet using the USB A male digital input (Apple Lightning Camera Connection Kit or Android On The Go or OTG cable required and sold separately) then connect to your headphones using the 3.5mm jack. For home just connect the included USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 cables to your PC or Mac then use the 3.5mm line out to connect with active speakers or amplifier

Easy connectivity - connect directly to your smartphone, digital audio player or tablet using the usb a male digital input (apple lightning camera connection kit or android on the go or otg cable required and sold separately) then connect to your headphones using the 3.5mm jack. for home just connect the included usb 3.0 or usb 2.0 cables to your pc or mac then use the 3.5mm line out to connect with active speakers or amplifier Tech packed - for enhanced sound the built in ipurifier technology rebalances the usb signal to reduce jitter and packet errors while the built in iematch means it can drive high sensitivity headphones. s-balanced technology means headphone channel separation is unchanged and the direct drive amp will drive high impedance headphones up to around 600 ohms High resolution audio - plays all high-res audio formats including dsd 256, dxd 384, pcm 384 khz and mqa with native digital to analog conversion so you can listen to any file the way the original recording was intended Powerful amplifier - drive your headphones to their maximum performance with the powerful dual-mono 285 milliwatt headphone amp that's 6 times more powerful than an iphone. while advanced engineering allows for balanced wiring making this perfect for single-ended and balanced headphones alike

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Topping DX3 Pro LDAC Headphone Amplifier DAC DSD512 PCM32bit/768kHz XMOS XU208 APTX USB Bluetooth Decoder Headphone Amplifier (Black)

Fanmusic Topping DX3 Pro LDAC Headphone Amplifier DAC DSD512 PCM32bit/768kHz XMOS XU208 APTX USB Bluetooth Decoder Headphone Amplifier (Black)

by Guangzhou topping electronic & technology co., LTD
What We like

This is Topping DX3 Pro LDAC V2 version

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Product Features

  • Built in 2*AK4493 chip,1*AK4118 chip.
  • Headphone amp output power support to 1000mW*[email protected]*[email protected] .
  • BT is support to AAC/SBC/APTX/APTX-LL/APTX-HD.
  • USB is support to DSD64-DSD512(Native);DSD64-DSD256(DOP).

Usb is support to dsd64-dsd512(native);dsd64-dsd256(dop). Headphone amp output power support to 1000mw*[email protected]*[email protected] . Built in 2*ak4493 chip,1*ak4118 chip. Bt is support to aac/sbc/aptx/aptx-ll/aptx-hd.

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Apogee GROOVE - Portable USB Headphone Amp and DAC, Bus Powered for Mac and PC, Made in USA

Apogee GROOVE

Portable USB Headphone Amp and DAC, Bus Powered for Mac and PC, Made in USA

by Apogee Electronics Corp.
What We like

Premium aluminum build quality, built in the USA

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Product Features

  • Connects with USB-C iPad Pro Models
  • Quad sum DAC, 4 DACs per channel for highest dynamic range and lowest distortion
  • Enhances your iTunes, Tidal, Spotify, Pandora or other music listening experience
  • Constant Current Drive technology provides smooth frequency response with any headphones
  • USB 2. 0 connection to Mac and PC with up to 24 bit/ 192kHz audio

Quad sum dac, 4 dacs per channel for highest dynamic range and lowest distortion Enhances your itunes, tidal, spotify, pandora or other music listening experience Connects with usb-c ipad pro models Constant current drive technology provides smooth frequency response with any headphones Usb 2. 0 connection to mac and pc with up to 24 bit/ 192khz audio

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Sound BlasterX G6 Hi-Res 130dB 32bit/384kHz Gaming DAC, External USB Sound Card with Xamp Headphone Amp, Dolby Digital, 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound, Sidetone/Speaker Control for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo

Creative Sound BlasterX G6 Hi-Res 130dB 32bit/384kHz Gaming DAC

External USB Sound Card with Xamp Headphone Amp, Dolby Digital, 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound, Sidetone/Speaker Control for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo

by Creative
What We like

UPGRADE YOUR GAMES ON PS4, XBOX ONE, NINTENDO SWITCH, AND PC | Get immediate increased enjoyment over basic motherboard and controller audio! Apart from incredible audio quality, the Sound BlasterX G6 boasts gaming-centric features such as Sidetone volume control and easy-to-reach profile buttons

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Product Features

  • INDUSTRY-LEADING AUDIO PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY | Enjoy full audio customization and enhanced audio realism with immersive 7.1 surround virtualization, accurate cues, bass boost and in-game voice communication enhancements. It also has Scout Mode than enhances in-game audio cues, letting you hear your enemies before they hear you
  • 130dB DNR, 32-bit 384kHz DAC Advanced 32-bit oversampled multi-bit modulator with mismatch shaping technology eliminates distortion, ensuring audio is streamed with the highest level of detail and fidelity
  • DISCRETE HEADPHONE AMP | Custom-designed Xamp headphone amplifier features discrete components through all stages of amplification in a bi-amp design. Each audio channel is individually amplified to deliver a whole new level of pristine audio fidelity in an authentic, unaltered lossless model. The ultra-low 1 Ohm output impedance perfectly drives performance-grade sensitive 8W in-ear monitors all the way to studio-grade 600W headphones
  • 7.1 VIRTUAL SURROUND SOUND AND DOLBY DIGITAL | Enjoy the latest in immersion technology with Dolby Digital decoding or Sound Blasters proprietary surround sound perfect for games and movies

130db dnr, 32-bit 384khz dac advanced 32-bit oversampled multi-bit modulator with mismatch shaping technology eliminates distortion, ensuring audio is streamed with the highest level of detail and fidelity 7.1 virtual surround sound and dolby digital | enjoy the latest in immersion technology with dolby digital decoding or sound blasters proprietary surround sound perfect for games and movies Industry-leading audio processing technology | enjoy full audio customization and enhanced audio realism with immersive 7.1 surround virtualization, accurate cues, bass boost and in-game voice communication enhancements. it also has scout mode than enhances in-game audio cues, letting you hear your enemies before they hear you Discrete headphone amp | custom-designed xamp headphone amplifier features discrete components through all stages of amplification in a bi-amp design. each audio channel is individually amplified to deliver a whole new level of pristine audio fidelity in an authentic, unaltered lossless model. the ultra-low 1 ohm output impedance perfectly drives performance-grade sensitive 8w in-ear monitors all the way to studio-grade 600w headphones

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FiiO K5 Pro AK4493EQ | 768K/32Bit and Native DSD 512 decoding Deskstop DAC and Amplifier for Home and Computer(6.35mm (1/4 in.) Headphone Out/RCA line-Out)

FiiO K5 Pro AK4493EQ

768K/32Bit and Native DSD 512 decoding Deskstop DAC and Amplifier for Home and Computer(6.35mm (1/4 in.) Headphone Out/RCA line-Out)

by FiiO
What We like

Extremely powerful headphone amplification for a total power output of up to 1.5 W under a 32 load, and up to 20Vpp at 300

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Product Features

  • Equipped with XMOS XUF208 USB receiver chip+AKM AK4493 DAC+ Op-amps OPA1642 + flagship TI TPA6120
  • AK4493 DAC chips for the ultimate in decoding performance, supporting up to 768kHz/32bit and native DSD
  • More accurate ADC volume control +Gain and bass switches
  • Multiple interfaces- headphone jacks(6.35mm) /RCA outputs+ USB Coaxial, Optical, and Line-in inputs

Ak4493 dac chips for the ultimate in decoding performance, supporting up to 768khz/32bit and native dsd Multiple interfaces- headphone jacks(6.35mm) /rca outputs+ usb coaxial, optical, and line-in inputs Equipped with xmos xuf208 usb receiver chip+akm ak4493 dac+ op-amps opa1642 + flagship ti tpa6120 More accurate adc volume control +gain and bass switches

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Schiit Fulla 3 Gaming DAC/Amp - D to A Converter and Headphone Amplifier with Microphone Input

Schiit Fulla 3 Gaming DAC/Amp

D to A Converter and Headphone Amplifier with Microphone Input

by Schiit
What We like

Jacks: One analog 1/8" stereo output, one microphone input (1/8" mono electret), and two USB (one data and power, one power only). Designed and Built in California. Product is supplied with a 110 120V US power supply suitable for use in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. This power supply will not work in 220 240V countries.

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Product Features

  • 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 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.
  • Use it as an amp. Connect your phone (or any other analog source) to the convenient front jack.

Use it as a dac/preamp. connect to powered monitors or speaker amps using the variable outputs on the back. 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. Use it as an amp. connect your phone (or any other analog source) to the convenient front jack. Use it as a great music dac/amp. you don't need to be a gamer to appreciate the quality of fulla 3.

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AudioQuest DragonFly Black v1.5 Plug-in USB DAC + Preamp + Headphone Amp

AudioQuest DragonFly Black v1.5 Plug-in USB DAC + Preamp + Headphone Amp

by AUDIOQUEST
What We like

This versatile DAC improves everything detail, transparency, immediacy, richness, tone associated with your music

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Product Features

  • 32-bit ESS 9010 Sabre DAC
  • Works with Apple and Android phones and tablets when paired with a simple adapter
  • Plays everything from MP3s to 24-bit/96kHz high-resolution files
  • Offering tremendously enhanced sound, higher value, and significantly lower power consumption than the original award-winning DragonFly

Offering tremendously enhanced sound, higher value, and significantly lower power consumption than the original award-winning dragonfly Plays everything from mp3s to 24-bit/96khz high-resolution files Works with apple and android phones and tablets when paired with a simple adapter 32-bit ess 9010 sabre dac

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Schiit Hel High Power Gaming DAC/Amp - D to A Converter and Headphone Amplifier with Microphone Input

Schiit Hel High Power Gaming DAC/Amp

D to A Converter and Headphone Amplifier with Microphone Input

by Schiit
What We like

You dont need to be a gamer to appreciate the quality of Hel. Works great for music, conferencing, etc. Designed and Built in California. Product is supplied with a 110 120V US power supply suitable for use in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. This power supply will not work in 220 240V countries.

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Product Features

  • Use it with phones, tablets, or computers with low-powered USB ports. Hel reports as a 0mA device. Weve included a second USB port for power input and a 2.1A USB power supply.
  • Use it as an amp. Connect your phone (or any other analog source) to the convenient rear jack, and switch with a front-panel control.
  • Use it as a DAC/preamp. Connect to powered monitors or speaker amps using the variable outputs on the back.
  • Use it as a great music DAC/amp. Use the front-panel gain switch to cover virtually every headphone need, from sensitive IEMs to low-efficiency planars.

Use it as a dac/preamp. connect to powered monitors or speaker amps using the variable outputs on the back. Use it with phones, tablets, or computers with low-powered usb ports. hel reports as a 0ma device. weve included a second usb port for power input and a 2.1a usb power supply. Use it as a great music dac/amp. use the front-panel gain switch to cover virtually every headphone need, from sensitive iems to low-efficiency planars. Use it as an amp. connect your phone (or any other analog source) to the convenient rear jack, and switch with a front-panel control.

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