Top 10 DAC Headphone Amps
for August 2022

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EPOS | SENNHEISER GSX 1200 PRO Gaming Audio Amplifier/External Sound Card, with 7.1 Surround Sound, Daisy Chain, Gaming DAC and EQ, Headphone amp Compatible with Windows, Mac, Laptops and Desktops.

EPOS

SENNHEISER GSX 1200 PRO Gaming Audio Amplifier/External Sound Card, with 7.1 Surround Sound, Daisy Chain, Gaming DAC and EQ, Headphone amp Compatible with Windows, Mac, Laptops and Desktops.

by Sennheiser Communications
What We like

PC & 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

  • LINK UP YOUR GSX 1200 PRO EXTERNAL SOUNDCARD - Daisy chain up to eight amplifiers together for the ultimate in lag-free team communication. Hard-wiring the external soundcards together creates a direct communication link to your team
  • TOURNAMENT MODE - Lock your settings to avoid accidental changes during gameplay by holding the upper left and bottom right corners for 10 seconds
  • 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 Adjust the loudness of your own voice in your headset with a simple tap on the touch panel
  • SPATIAL AWARENESS Reverberation level control changes the spatial feeling from small rooms to open spaces, adding to the gaming immersion.

Tournament mode - lock your settings to avoid accidental changes during gameplay by holding the upper left and bottom right corners for 10 seconds 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 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. 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. Spatial awareness reverberation level control changes the spatial feeling from small rooms to open spaces, adding to the gaming immersion. Sidetone adjust the loudness of your own voice in your headset with a simple tap on the touch panel Separate control for game audio and chat separate controls for game audio and chat allows you to cut through the noise when needed for precise on-the-fly collaborative team communication when daisy chained Link up your gsx 1200 pro external soundcard - daisy chain up to eight amplifiers together for the ultimate in lag-free team communication. hard-wiring the external soundcards together creates a direct communication link to your team 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.

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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

  • 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.
  • 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. 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.

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9.4
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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

  • 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

Usb 2. 0 connection to mac and pc with up to 24 bit/ 192khz audio Constant current drive technology provides smooth frequency response with any headphones 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

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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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • SPATIAL AWARENESS Reverberation level control changes the spatial feeling from small rooms to open spaces, adding to the gaming immersion.

Spatial awareness reverberation level control changes the spatial feeling from small rooms to open spaces, adding to the gaming immersion. 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. Sidetone adjust the loudness of your own voice in your headset with a simple tap on the touch panel 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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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

  • RAVE REVIEWS - Professional reviews around the web praise its price, size, soundstage and great sound across bass, mids and treble
  • PREMIUM QUALITY DAC - Enjoy matchless portable Hi-Fi sound from ESS Technology's SABRE 9018Q2C
  • 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 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 Not compatible with iphone or ipad; plug-and-play connection with windows, mac, linux and android (android may require usb otg adapter, sold separately.)

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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

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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

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 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. 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.

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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

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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

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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 X USB C)

NextDrive Spectra Portable USB DAC

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

  • HI RES AUDIO - Supports PCM audio files up to 32 bits / 384 kHz and DSD up to Quad-rate 11.2 MHz
  • 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
  • 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 Not compatible with iphone or ipad; plug-and-play connection with windows, mac, linux and android (android may require usb otg adapter, sold separately.) Hi res audio - supports pcm audio files up to 32 bits / 384 khz and dsd up to quad-rate 11.2 mhz

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Make Your Headphones SingBuilt-in high-performace headphone amplifier (32 - 600 Ohm headphone impedance recommended), delivers clearer high, deeper bass and richer sound.

Make your headphones singbuilt-in high-performace headphone amplifier (32 - 600 ohm headphone impedance recommended), delivers clearer high, deeper bass and richer sound. 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. S/pdif outputs/pdif output supports digital surround multichannel formats such as ac3 / dts

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EarStudio ES100 MK2-24bit Portable High-Resolution Bluetooth Receiver/USB DAC/Headphone Amp with LDAC, aptX HD, aptX, AAC (3.5mm Unbalanced & 2.5mm Balanced Output)

EarStudio ES100 MK2-24bit Portable High-Resolution Bluetooth Receiver/USB DAC/Headphone Amp with LDAC

aptX HD, aptX, AAC (3.5mm Unbalanced & 2.5mm Balanced Output)

by RADSONE
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