Top 10 DAC Headphone Amps
for December 2021

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Soundavo HP-DAC1 Digital to Analog Converter / Headphone Preamp DAC with S/PDIF, Line, USB Input for PC/Laptop

Soundavo HP-DAC1 Digital to Analog Converter / Headphone Preamp DAC with S/PDIF

Line, USB Input for PC/Laptop

by Soundavo
What We like

Easy Plug & Play OperationEasy to install between both Mac OS & PC Windows 10, just plug it into any USB port on your computer, HDTVs, game console, or any audio source player. NO additional driver downloads needed (currently only support IOS 12 version software or below for the iPhone/iPad device)

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Product Features

  • High Resolution Sound PerformanceSupport HD audio and provides clarity, separation, less muffling and more detail sound and an apparent volume boost from what was output straight from your laptop. Also improves the transparency and soundstage of the music even with MP3 files playback.
  • Multiple Input Sources SelectionSelect different inputs from USB, Optical Toslink S/PDIF and USB by using the push buttons conveniently located on the front with single-ended RCA outputs for connection to an outboard power amp or powered speakers.
  • Make Your Headphones SingBuilt-in high-performace headphone amplifier (32 - 600 Ohm headphone impedance recommended), delivers clearer high, deeper bass and richer sound.
  • S/PDIF OutputS/PDIF output supports digital surround multichannel formats such as AC3 / DTS

High resolution sound performancesupport hd audio and provides clarity, separation, less muffling and more detail sound and an apparent volume boost from what was output straight from your laptop. also improves the transparency and soundstage of the music even with mp3 files playback. S/pdif outputs/pdif output supports digital surround multichannel formats such as ac3 / dts Multiple input sources selectionselect different inputs from usb, optical toslink s/pdif and usb by using the push buttons conveniently located on the front with single-ended rca outputs for connection to an outboard power amp or powered speakers. Make your headphones singbuilt-in high-performace headphone amplifier (32 - 600 ohm headphone impedance recommended), delivers clearer high, deeper bass and richer sound.

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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.

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NextDrive Spectra Portable USB DAC - The World’s Smallest 32-bit DAC Headphone Amp for Truly Mastering Your Sound On-The-Go (Spectra USB Type-C)

NextDrive Spectra Portable USB DAC

The World’s Smallest 32-bit DAC Headphone Amp for Truly Mastering Your Sound On-The-Go (Spectra USB Type-C)

by NextDrive Inc.
What We like

ULTRA PORTABLE - No batteries and slim design lets you connect to your smartphone or tablet and take it anywhere (adapter may be required, sold separately)

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Product Features

  • NOT Compatible with iPhone or iPad; Plug-and-play connection with Windows, Mac, Linux and Android (Android may require USB OTG adapter, sold separately.)
  • PREMIUM QUALITY DAC - Enjoy matchless portable Hi-Fi sound from ESS Technology's SABRE 9018Q2C
  • RAVE REVIEWS - Professional reviews around the web praise its price, size, soundstage and great sound across bass, mids and treble
  • HI RES AUDIO - Supports PCM audio files up to 32 bits / 384 kHz and DSD up to Quad-rate 11.2 MHz

Rave reviews - professional reviews around the web praise its price, size, soundstage and great sound across bass, mids and treble Hi res audio - supports pcm audio files up to 32 bits / 384 khz and dsd up to quad-rate 11.2 mhz Not compatible with iphone or ipad; plug-and-play connection with windows, mac, linux and android (android may require usb otg adapter, sold separately.) Premium quality dac - enjoy matchless portable hi-fi sound from ess technology's sabre 9018q2c

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Ikko Zerda ITM03 Portable Headphone Amplifier 3.5mm Audio Type-c DAC Cable Adapter, Flagship DAC chip CS43198,Support Fiber Optic Digital Output,Full System Compatibility (Lightning)

Ikko Zerda ITM03 Portable Headphone Amplifier 3.5mm Audio Type-c DAC Cable Adapter

Flagship DAC chip CS43198, Support Fiber Optic Digital Output, Full System Compatibility (Lightning)

by ikko Audio
What We like

Easy to use: Built-in adaptive drive, no need to manually install the driver, the connection can be used directly, with 16-600 Impedance adaptive, 3.5mm Audio & 3.5mm fiber optic signal output two-in-one interface design, easy to adapt to smartphone to professional audio equipment.

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Product Features

  • Parameter details:DAC:Cirrus Logic CS43198,Fiber Optic Output:32Bit/192kHzDSD:128, THD+N0.0015%FR20Hz-40kHzImpedance Adaptive:16-600
  • High quality build: Full Shielded design, highly sophisticated production process, Monster OCC Silver-Plated silicone fully wrapped cable, aluminum alloy sandblasted oxidized shell,Weighs only 12 grams
  • High quality performance: Cirrus Logic CS43198 flagship DAC chip, low power and high performance, support up to 32 bits / 384KHz (optical digital output bit rate is 32 bits / 192KHz) and up to 128x native DSD PCM decoding capabilities. THD+N is well below 0.0015%, providing unparalleled high-fidelity sound quality, restoring the truest and cleanest sound quality and enjoying the true sound quality
  • Full system compatibility: (Type-c) compatible with Android/Windows/MacOSX System Smartphone Laptop, (Lightning) Compatible with iphone/ipad/ipod (Please select the Type-C version for the macbook)

High quality build: full shielded design, highly sophisticated production process, monster occ silver-plated silicone fully wrapped cable, aluminum alloy sandblasted oxidized shell,weighs only 12 grams High quality performance: cirrus logic cs43198 flagship dac chip, low power and high performance, support up to 32 bits / 384khz (optical digital output bit rate is 32 bits / 192khz) and up to 128x native dsd pcm decoding capabilities. thd+n is well below 0.0015%, providing unparalleled high-fidelity sound quality, restoring the truest and cleanest sound quality and enjoying the true sound quality Full system compatibility: (type-c) compatible with android/windows/macosx system smartphone laptop, (lightning) compatible with iphone/ipad/ipod (please select the type-c version for the macbook) Parameter details:dac:cirrus logic cs43198,fiber optic output:32bit/192khzdsd:128, thd+n0.0015%fr20hz-40khzimpedance adaptive:16-600

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FX AUDIO DAC and Headphone Amplifier DAC-X6MKII 192kHz Bluetooth DAC with Headphone Amp Optical/Coaxial/PC-USB/Bluetooth to RCA & 6.35MM Headset Digital to Analog Audio Converter (Silver)

FX AUDIO DAC and Headphone Amplifier DAC-X6MKII 192kHz Bluetooth DAC with Headphone Amp Optical/Coaxial/PC-USB/Bluetooth to RCA & 6.35MM Headset Digital to Analog Audio Converter (Silver)

by FX AUDIO
What We like

Aluminum Alloy DAC Audio Converter -- Aluminum metal shell makes this bluetooth headphone amplifier lightweight, durable and heat-resisted. Gold plated sockets enhance HD sound signals over long distance broadcasting. Black immersion gold PCB board provides high performance and stable signal transmission. Whats in the box: 1 x DAC-X6MKII DAC converter, 1 x power cable, 1 x PC USB cable, 1 x optical cable, 1 x 6.35mm to 3.5mm jack headphone converter, 1 x RCA cable

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Product Features

  • DAC with High Performance Chip-- The headphone amp dac adopts high-performance ESS9018 decoding chip, which supports 16Bit -24Bit / 44.1kHz- 192kHz sampling rate. BT module chip: QCC3008 (Bluetooth 5.0). Also equipped with CM6642 USB chip and OP275 + OPA2134. All these chips ensure the digital to analog audio converter stably function when transmit digital signal to analog signal
  • 6.35mm Headphone & RCA Speaker/Amp-- The DAC converter can connect to L/R RCA amplifier, speaker, and 6.35mm jack headphone. We offer additional 6.35mm to 3.5mm headphone jack converter, so 3.5mm jack headphone is also available to this DAC. Speaker and headphone can be connected to the DAC simultaneously. And VOLUME knob can adjusted the volume of headphone and speaker at the same time
  • Bluetooth 5.0 DAC with APTX-- The preamp dac has adopted the Bluetooth 5.0 version with antenna, supporting APTX and ensuring less signal losses and stable transmission. The Bluetooth dac receiver supports most Bluetooth devices, such as mobile phones, laptops, and tablets. Wireless connection within 10m/33ft makes the device more convenient to use
  • 192kHz Bluetooth DAC Converter-- This handset amplifier DAC transmits PC-USB/optical/coaxial/Bluetooth digital signal to L/R RCA and 6.35mm jack headphone analog signal, also used as preamplifier. Sampling rate is up to 24Bit/192kHz. Its power is DC 12V, and can be used for PS3, PS4, Xbox, blu-ray player, phone, laptop, HD DVD, home cinema systems, AV amps, etc, perfect for home theater, teaching, training structure, conference rooms, appliance stores and other places

192khz bluetooth dac converter-- this handset amplifier dac transmits pc-usb/optical/coaxial/bluetooth digital signal to l/r rca and 6.35mm jack headphone analog signal, also used as preamplifier. sampling rate is up to 24bit/192khz. its power is dc 12v, and can be used for ps3, ps4, xbox, blu-ray player, phone, laptop, hd dvd, home cinema systems, av amps, etc, perfect for home theater, teaching, training structure, conference rooms, appliance stores and other places Dac with high performance chip-- the headphone amp dac adopts high-performance ess9018 decoding chip, which supports 16bit -24bit / 44.1khz- 192khz sampling rate. bt module chip: qcc3008 (bluetooth 5.0). also equipped with cm6642 usb chip and op275 + opa2134. all these chips ensure the digital to analog audio converter stably function when transmit digital signal to analog signal Bluetooth 5.0 dac with aptx-- the preamp dac has adopted the bluetooth 5.0 version with antenna, supporting aptx and ensuring less signal losses and stable transmission. the bluetooth dac receiver supports most bluetooth devices, such as mobile phones, laptops, and tablets. wireless connection within 10m/33ft makes the device more convenient to use 6.35mm headphone & rca speaker/amp-- the dac converter can connect to l/r rca amplifier, speaker, and 6.35mm jack headphone. we offer additional 6.35mm to 3.5mm headphone jack converter, so 3.5mm jack headphone is also available to this dac. speaker and headphone can be connected to the dac simultaneously. and volume knob can adjusted the volume of headphone and speaker at the same time

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EarStudio ES100-24Bit Portable High-Resolution Bluetooth Receiver/USB DAC/Headphone Amp with AAC, aptx, aptx hd, LDAC (3.5mm Unbalanced & 2.5mm Balanced Output)

EarStudio ES100-24Bit Portable High-Resolution Bluetooth Receiver/USB DAC/Headphone Amp with AAC

aptx, aptx hd, LDAC (3.5mm Unbalanced & 2.5mm Balanced Output)

by EarStudio
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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 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 as a great music DAC/amp. You don't need to be a gamer to appreciate the quality of Fulla 3.
  • 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 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. 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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Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS Portable USB Digital to Analog Converter DAC Headphone Amp - Gold

Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS Portable USB Digital to Analog Converter DAC Headphone Amp

Gold

by Cambridge Audio
What We like

SIMPLE CONTROLS The DacMagic XS volume is easily adjusted on the simple fingertip controls and an LED shows the sample rate, so you always know youre getting the right level of clarity and detail from your tracks.

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Product Features

  • TECH SPECS CONNECTIONS Micro USB input, 3.5mm analogue output, DIGITAL TO ANALOGUE CONVERTER ESS9023 24-bit DAC, OUTPUT VOLTAGE 2V RMS, MAX. POWER CONSUMPTION 150mW, MIN. HEADPHONE IMPEDANCE 12 Ohms, DIMENSIONS 2.1" x 0.4" x 1.2" WEIGHT 3.5oz
  • ASYNCHRONOUS USB CLOCKING Cambridge has built the Dacmagic XS to bypass your computers poor audio path to prevent unwanted interference so you can have incredible, detailed high-resolution audio.
  • UPGRADE YOUR SOUND - Cambridge Audios DacMagic XS changes the way you hear sound from your laptop or PC. Simply connect to any USB port and hear your favorite music and movies with every drop of detail, exactly as the artist intended
  • HUGE POWER, TINY DEVICE The DacMagic XS delivers up to 10 times more power than most laptop soundcards, despite only weighing 3.5 ounces and being the size of a matchbox, allowing you to hear detailed sound and amazing bass.

tech specs connections micro usb input, 3.5mm analogue output, digital to analogue converter ess9023 24-bit dac, output voltage 2v rms, max. power consumption 150mw, min. headphone impedance 12 ohms, dimensions 2.1" x 0.4" x 1.2" weight 3.5oz upgrade your sound - Cambridge Audios dacmagic xs changes the way you hear sound from your laptop or pc. simply connect to any usb port and hear your favorite music and movies with every drop of detail, exactly as the artist intended huge power, tiny device the dacmagic xs delivers up to 10 times more power than most laptop soundcards, despite only weighing 3.5 ounces and being the size of a matchbox, allowing you to hear detailed sound and amazing bass. asynchronous usb clocking cambridge has built the dacmagic xs to bypass your computers poor audio path to prevent unwanted interference so you can have incredible, detailed high-resolution audio.

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FX AUDIO DAC and Headphone Amplifier Mini HiFi Stereo Home Audio DAC Converter ESS9023 CS8416 USB Optical Coaxial Input and RCA Headphone Amp Output DAC-X3 PRO Digital to Analog Converter (Black)

FX AUDIO DAC and Headphone Amplifier Mini HiFi Stereo Home Audio DAC Converter ESS9023 CS8416 USB Optical Coaxial Input and RCA Headphone Amp Output DAC-X3 PRO Digital to Analog Converter (Black)

by FX AUDIO
What We like

Headphone Amp OutputThis dac has an independent headphone amp function, connect with 3.5mm headphones. The volume knob on the front panel can only control the headphone volume. The headphone amplifier circuit optimizes and adds the op amp expansion line, maintains the original clear and natural sound quality, improves the driving force, and reserves the gain interface. Great playbility for DIY

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Product Features

  • USB ASRC Transmission & USB Power SupplyUSB uses ASRC technology, supporting mobile phone OTG direct drive (24Bit 96kHz). Also the usb dac audio converter uses USB power supply adaptive technology. When inserting USB cable, it can automatically switch to USB to power the dac. Also you can directly supply power from the DC socket for higher requirements. The whole machine adopts 5V power supply, and the amp part is 11V, which can perfectly drive the amp circuit
  • Various Inputs and OutputsDAC-X3 Pro is not only a audio dac, but also a headphone amplifier. The digital to analog audio converter has PC-USB, optical and coaxial inputs which can fit with many home audio devices. The headphone amp and dac can connect to mobile phone, TV, DVD/BluRay player or CD player. RCA output can be connected to active speakers or amplifiers. Headphone amp output can drive 3.5mm headphones
  • Support Phone OTG DriveThe little hifi dac uses digital signal receiving chip CS8416 + USB ASRC chip + ESS9023 decoding chip + NE5532 op amp chip. NE5532 op amp chip can be replaced by AD827 or MUSE02 for different sound quality. Directly support mobile phone OTG drive. You can enjoy Hifi music from your phone with this dac. No special software, app, or driver to install. Plug and play

Various inputs and outputsdac-x3 pro is not only a audio dac, but also a headphone amplifier. the digital to analog audio converter has pc-usb, optical and coaxial inputs which can fit with many home audio devices. the headphone amp and dac can connect to mobile phone, tv, dvd/bluray player or cd player. rca output can be connected to active speakers or amplifiers. headphone amp output can drive 3.5mm headphones Support phone otg drivethe little hifi dac uses digital signal receiving chip cs8416 + usb asrc chip + ess9023 decoding chip + ne5532 op amp chip. ne5532 op amp chip can be replaced by ad827 or muse02 for different sound quality. directly support mobile phone otg drive. you can enjoy hifi music from your phone with this dac. no special software, app, or driver to install. plug and play Usb asrc transmission & usb power supplyusb uses asrc technology, supporting mobile phone otg direct drive (24bit 96khz). also the usb dac audio converter uses usb power supply adaptive technology. when inserting usb cable, it can automatically switch to usb to power the dac. also you can directly supply power from the dc socket for higher requirements. the whole machine adopts 5v power supply, and the amp part is 11v, which can perfectly drive the amp circuit

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FX-Audio DAC-X6 Mini HiFi 2.0 Digital Audio Decoder DAC Input USB/Coaxial/Optical Output RCA/Headphone Amp 24Bit/96KHz DC12V (Black)

KGUSS FX-Audio DAC-X6 Mini HiFi 2.0 Digital Audio Decoder DAC Input USB/Coaxial/Optical Output RCA/Headphone Amp 24Bit/96KHz DC12V (Black)

by KGUSS
What We like

Efficient protection and long life: The audio decoder uses OPA2134 and NE5532P two special op amps specially designed for audio. The op amp can be freely replaced and upgraded. At the same time, a relay protectors may protect the headphones and speakers.

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Product Features

  • Perfect for Music and Gaming:When you use it for music, it can bring you fantastic music enjoyment.DAC-X6 also is really good for FPS gaming.Can use it with dolby atmos and the directional sounds perfectly
  • A variety of input and output modes: The amps can be PC-USB, optical fiber, coaxial three inputs, can be connected to TV set-top box, DVD, DCD; output mode has RAC, 6.35mm headphone port 2, can be connected to power amplifier, tube vacuum amp, active speaker
  • Unique Design: Compact and adaptable, connect to active speakers via RCA to improve sound quality, or for use as a powerful headphone amp.NOTICE:DAC-X6 volume adjustment only works on headphones. Headphone and RCA output will emit sound at the same time when the DAC-X6 is working. You can turn off your active speakers or amplifiers according to your needs

Perfect for music and gaming:when you use it for music, it can bring you fantastic music enjoyment.dac-x6 also is really good for fps gaming.can use it with dolby atmos and the directional sounds perfectly Unique design: compact and adaptable, connect to active speakers via rca to improve sound quality, or for use as a powerful headphone amp.notice:dac-x6 volume adjustment only works on headphones. headphone and rca output will emit sound at the same time when the dac-x6 is working. you can turn off your active speakers or amplifiers according to your needs A variety of input and output modes: the amps can be pc-usb, optical fiber, coaxial three inputs, can be connected to tv set-top box, dvd, dcd; output mode has rac, 6.35mm headphone port 2, can be connected to power amplifier, tube vacuum amp, active speaker

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