Top 10 Headphone Amplifiers with USB Dac
for September 2021

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SMSL M7 2xAK4452 32Bit/768KHz DSD512 HiFi Audio USB DAC with Headphone Amplifier

S.M.S.L SMSL M7 2xAK4452 32Bit/768KHz DSD512 HiFi Audio USB DAC with Headphone Amplifier

by Shenzhen Shuangmusanlin Electronic Co.,Ltd
What We like

Using independent ultra-low clock jitter as clock system and ultra-low phase noise crystal as audio clock

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Product Features

  • Using big power and ultra-low distortion HP amp chip named TPA6120A2.High Voltage Swing and supreme transient response.
  • Two pieces AK4452 used as DAC chip from AKM company for higher channel separation and lower distortion
  • With linear power supply and also powering by couples of ultra-low noise LDO for best performance
  • Using the 2nd generation of XMOS USB audio solution XCore200 XU208, supports PCM sampling rate up to 768K and DSD512. Driver is Exclusively customized and support native DSD, which is very advanced in the audio range.

With linear power supply and also powering by couples of ultra-low noise ldo for best performance Using big power and ultra-low distortion hp amp chip named tpa6120a2.high voltage swing and supreme transient response. Using the 2nd generation of xmos usb audio solution xcore200 xu208, supports pcm sampling rate up to 768k and dsd512. driver is exclusively customized and support native dsd, which is very advanced in the audio range. Two pieces ak4452 used as dac chip from akm company for higher channel separation and lower distortion

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iFi Nano iDSD Black Label Portable USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier with MQA and DSD. Use with Smartphones/Digital Audio Players/Tablets/Laptops (Includes iFi Audio OTG Cable USB Micro)

iFi Nano iDSD Black Label Portable USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier with MQA and DSD. Use with Smartphones/Digital Audio Players/Tablets/Laptops (Includes iFi Audio OTG Cable USB Micro)

by Abbingdon Music Research
What We like

PORTABLE DESIGN - Its a small sized 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 lithium polymer battery provides up to 10 hours of non stop music enjoyment while streaming from Spotify Tidal or Apple Music. Perfect for personal or professional use at home, office, or on the go

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Product Features

  • 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
  • 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
  • EASY CONNECTIVITY - Connect directly to your smartphone Digital Audio Player or tablet using the USB A male digital input, iFi On The GO USB micro cable included (Apple Lightning Camera Connection Kit required for iPhone or iPad 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

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 Easy connectivity - connect directly to your smartphone digital audio player or tablet using the usb a male digital input, ifi on the go usb micro cable included (apple lightning camera connection kit required for iphone or ipad 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

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FiiO E10K USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier Black Bundle with Blucoil 5000mAh Portable Power Bank, and 6-FT Headphone Extension Cable (3.5mm)

FiiO E10K USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier Black Bundle with Blucoil 5000mAh Portable Power Bank

and 6-FT Headphone Extension Cable (3.5mm)

by FiiO
What We like

PROVIDES BETTER AMPLIFICATION STAGE - FiiO changed E10K's AMP chip to LMH6643, which employs a buffer design. This makes sure that you get an excellent transient response and driving power.

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Product Features

  • ENSURES LOWER NOISE FLOOR - Thanks to the new DAC Chip, the low pass filter and bass boost circuits are optimized. You get a lowered noise floor in all states.
  • COMES WITH A PORTABLE POWER BANK - The Blucoil 5000mAh Power Bank offers up to 5-volts 2.1A output power for smartphones, headphones, music players, and other USB devices. Simultaneously recharge your Android and E10K with the dual USB ports.
  • INCLUDES - FiiO E10K USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier Black. Blucoil 5000mAh Portable Power Bank for Smartphones, Tablets, Digital Cameras, and USB Devices. Blucoil 6-Foot Premium Extension Cable with Stereo 3.5mm Tips.
  • OFFERS BETTER SOUND QUALITY THAN E10 - The FiiO E10K uses a PCM5102 DAC chip to reduce the delay and silent interval when changing tracks. It improves the linearity of internal digital filters.

Includes - FiiO e10k usb dac and headphone amplifier black. blucoil 5000mah portable power bank for smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, and usb devices. blucoil 6-foot premium extension cable with stereo 3.5mm tips. Comes with a portable power bank - the blucoil 5000mah power bank offers up to 5-volts 2.1a output power for smartphones, headphones, music players, and other usb devices. simultaneously recharge your android and e10k with the dual usb ports. Offers better sound quality than e10 - the FiiO e10k uses a pcm5102 dac chip to reduce the delay and silent interval when changing tracks. it improves the linearity of internal digital filters. Ensures lower noise floor - thanks to the new dac chip, the low pass filter and bass boost circuits are optimized. you get a lowered noise floor in all states.

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FiiO E17 Alpen Portable Headphone Amplifier USB DAC

FiiO E17 Alpen Portable Headphone Amplifier USB DAC

by Fiio
What We like

Digital Bass, Treble, Gain, Volume Controls

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Product Features

  • 3.5mm Analog Line-In for use with other audio sources, 18-Pin multi-functional interface to connect FiiO's L7 and E9 docks
  • 3.5 mm stereo headphone output: Suitable for 16-150 ohm headphones; MAX output current > 80 mA; THD
  • Standard mini USB interface: Connect to your PC for digital audio transfer and/or charge of the 1500 mAh internal battery
  • 3.5mm SPDIF input (optical, coaxial) digital connector to receive PCM signals up to 24-bit/192kHz

3.5mm analog line-in for use with other audio sources, 18-pin multi-functional interface to connect Fiio's l7 and e9 docks 3.5mm spdif input (optical, coaxial) digital connector to receive pcm signals up to 24-bit/192khz Standard mini usb interface: connect to your pc for digital audio transfer and/or charge of the 1500 mah internal battery 3.5 mm stereo headphone output: suitable for 16-150 ohm headphones; max output current > 80 ma; thd

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FiiO BTR5-384K/32Bit Native DSD256 Hi-Res CSR8675 Bluetooth5.0 Receiver/USB DAC/DSD Headphone Amp with LDAC, aptX HD, (3.5mm Unbalanced&2.5mm Balanced Output, Titanium)

FiiO BTR5-384K/32Bit Native DSD256 Hi-Res CSR8675 Bluetooth5.0 Receiver/USB DAC/DSD Headphone Amp with LDAC

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

by FiiO
What We like

For greater power and detail resolution,the BTR5 features both balanced 2.5mm and single-ended 3.5mm outpts.

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Product Features

  • Can be remotely controlled via FiiO Music app to swtich channel balance,8 different DAC lowpass filter and 10-band EQ
  • FPGA precision clock management+OLED Displaying+9 hours battery life+2 microphones with cVC 8.0 noise cancellation
  • CSR8675 Bluetooth 5.0 receiver designed to deliver studio-quality sound through your ears WIRELESS - using your existing wired headphones, earphones or even speakers.
  • Including Hi-fi DACs(ES9218P*2) for extremely detailed reproduction of sound and Independent control chip Xmos XUF208 for the ultimate in decoding performance, supporting up to 384kHz and native DSD

Can be remotely controlled via FiiO music app to swtich channel balance,8 different dac lowpass filter and 10-band eq Fpga precision clock management+oled displaying+9 hours battery life+2 microphones with cvc 8.0 noise cancellation Including hi-fi dacs(es9218p*2) for extremely detailed reproduction of sound and independent control chip xmos xuf208 for the ultimate in decoding performance, supporting up to 384khz and native dsd Csr8675 bluetooth 5.0 receiver designed to deliver studio-quality sound through your ears wireless - using your existing wired headphones, earphones or even speakers.

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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

  • 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

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

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FX AUDIO DAC and Headphone Amplifier DAC-X6 192kHz DAC Converter PC-USB/Coaxial/Optical Input to RCA/ 6.35mm Headphone Amp Output Stereo Decoder Mini HiFi Home Audio Dac for 2.0 Speakers (Black)

FX AUDIO DAC and Headphone Amplifier DAC-X6 192kHz DAC Converter PC-USB/Coaxial/Optical Input to RCA/ 6.35mm Headphone Amp Output Stereo Decoder Mini HiFi Home Audio Dac for 2.0 Speakers (Black)

by FX AUDIO
What We like

RCA &Headphone Output RCA output of the digital analog audio converter can connect to active speaker or amplifier (cannot connect with passive speaker directly). Line output will keep natural sound quality, low noise and low distortion. Headphone output can fit with 6.35mm jack headphone. Headphone and RCA output can work simultaneously

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Product Features

  • DAC and Headphone Amplifier Function This DAC-X6 is not only an audio dac which transmits digital signal into analog signal, but also a headphone amplifier that drive 6.35mm headphones. The dac audio converter supports 6.35mm headphone and speaker simultaneously. Please note that the volume knob in front panel can only control the headphones volume
  • Support Multiple Audio Input Three types of input - coaxial, optical, PC-USB interface - can be connected to more audio resource devices, such as phone, computer, CD/DVD player, smart TV, blue-ray, etc. Choose the right input with toggle switch in front panel. Note: The digital to analog audio converter supports PCM formart, but not support DTS and Dolby
  • 192kHz DAC Converter SA9023 (USB audio control chip)+ TPA6120 (headphone chip) + OP275(OP amp chip)+ CS8416 (receiver chip) + CS4398 (convert chip). Sampling rate reaches optical/coaxial 24Bit/ 192kHz, PC-USB 24Bit/ 96kHz. Power supply DC 12V 1A

Dac and headphone amplifier function this dac-x6 is not only an audio dac which transmits digital signal into analog signal, but also a headphone amplifier that drive 6.35mm headphones. the dac audio converter supports 6.35mm headphone and speaker simultaneously. please note that the volume knob in front panel can only control the headphones volume 192khz dac converter sa9023 (usb audio control chip)+ tpa6120 (headphone chip) + op275(op amp chip)+ cs8416 (receiver chip) + cs4398 (convert chip). sampling rate reaches optical/coaxial 24bit/ 192khz, pc-usb 24bit/ 96khz. power supply dc 12v 1a Support multiple audio input three types of input - coaxial, optical, pc-usb interface - can be connected to more audio resource devices, such as phone, computer, cd/dvd player, smart tv, blue-ray, etc. choose the right input with toggle switch in front panel. note: the digital to analog audio converter supports pcm formart, but not support dts and dolby

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FX-Audio DAC-X6 MKII Bluetooth 5.0 Digital Audio Decoder DAC 24-bit/192kHz USB/Coaxial/Optical Headphone Amp Mini HiFi Pre-Amplifier Black

KGUSS FX-Audio DAC-X6 MKII Bluetooth 5.0 Digital Audio Decoder DAC 24-bit/192kHz USB/Coaxial/Optical Headphone Amp Mini HiFi Pre-Amplifier Black

by KGUSS
What We like

Unique Design: Compact and adaptable, connect to active speakers via RCA to improve sound quality, or for use as a powerful headphone amp or Pre-Amplifier Receiver .DAC-X6 MKII volume adjustment works on headphones and speakers

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Product Features

  • A variety of input and output modes: Headphone amplifier can be PC-USB, optical, coaxialbluetooth four 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
  • Perfect for Music and Gaming: When you use it for music, it can bring you fantastic music enjoyment.This DAC amp also is really good for FPS gaming.Can use it with dolby atmos and the directional sounds perfectly.Noise and interference are eliminated to the maximum extent possible, the signal-to-noise ratio and dynamic range are expanded, and the true natural sound is highly reproduced
  • Bluetooth 5.0 Function: Bluetooth headphone amplifier is an all in-one digital decoding.Bluetooth headphone amplifier is compatible with all Bluetooth devices, including smartphones, laptops, HiFi players and so on

Bluetooth 5.0 function: bluetooth headphone amplifier is an all in-one digital decoding.bluetooth headphone amplifier is compatible with all bluetooth devices, including smartphones, laptops, hifi players and so on A variety of input and output modes: headphone amplifier can be pc-usb, optical, coaxialbluetooth four 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 Perfect for music and gaming: when you use it for music, it can bring you fantastic music enjoyment.this dac amp also is really good for fps gaming.can use it with dolby atmos and the directional sounds perfectly.noise and interference are eliminated to the maximum extent possible, the signal-to-noise ratio and dynamic range are expanded, and the true natural sound is highly reproduced

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Mini Bluetooth 5.0 Tube Headphone Amplifier USB DAC Stereo Audio Preamp APTX-LL

Douk Audio Mini Bluetooth 5.0 Tube Headphone Amplifier USB DAC Stereo Audio Preamp APTX-LL

by Douk Audio
What We like

Super mini size and exquisite appearance, with power and select switch, working indicators and volume control. Using all-aluminum chassis CNC machined and laser carving, looks fashionable and powerful, perfectly suitable for your desktop or a smaller space in your home or office

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Product Features

  • Adopting classic 6N3 vacuum tube(much better than 6J*) to effectively eliminate the harsh digital sound, providing HiFi clear, soft and smooth, warm and sweet tube sound. The sound field is wide, especially suitable for vocals, strings, light music, classical music, etc.
  • USB sound card part uses CM6642 chip, supports 24bit 192KHz transmission, compatible with Windows / Mac / Linux system and Android mobile phone with OTG function, no need for driver, plug and play. Headphone amp uses classic MAX9722 decoding chip, 300mW output power can drive most 16-600 ohm headphones.
  • Bluetooth 5.0 (QCC3008 chip) supports APT-X, APTX-LL, adding classic TDA1543 chip for decoding and external high-gain detachable antenna, makes its sound transmission low-delay and lossless.
  • Douk Audio U4 is a multi-function HiFi audio device, with Bluetooth 5.0 and USB input, stereo RCA, 3.5mm AUX, 3.5mm headphone jack output, which can be used as a Bluetooth receiver, a USB DAC, a headphone amp and a stereo preamp, compatible with phone, computer, power amplifier, active speakers and so on.

Usb sound card part uses cm6642 chip, supports 24bit 192khz transmission, compatible with windows / mac / linux system and android mobile phone with otg function, no need for driver, plug and play. headphone amp uses classic max9722 decoding chip, 300mw output power can drive most 16-600 ohm headphones. Douk Audio u4 is a multi-function hifi audio device, with bluetooth 5.0 and usb input, stereo rca, 3.5mm aux, 3.5mm headphone jack output, which can be used as a bluetooth receiver, a usb dac, a headphone amp and a stereo preamp, compatible with phone, computer, power amplifier, active speakers and so on. Bluetooth 5.0 (qcc3008 chip) supports apt-x, aptx-ll, adding classic tda1543 chip for decoding and external high-gain detachable antenna, makes its sound transmission low-delay and lossless. Adopting classic 6n3 vacuum tube(much better than 6j*) to effectively eliminate the harsh digital sound, providing hifi clear, soft and smooth, warm and sweet tube sound. the sound field is wide, especially suitable for vocals, strings, light music, classical music, etc.

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KGUSS DAC-K3 TPA6120 2.0 Mini HiFi Optical/Coaxial/USB DAC Decoder Audio Headphone Amplifier Headphone Preamp Desktop Amplifier 24BIT 192KHz OPA2134 AMP DC12V US Plug (Black)

KGUSS DAC-K3 TPA6120 2.0 Mini HiFi Optical/Coaxial/USB DAC Decoder Audio Headphone Amplifier Headphone Preamp Desktop Amplifier 24BIT 192KHz OPA2134 AMP DC12V US Plug (Black)

by KGUSS
What We like

Efficient protection and long life: The headphone audio amp 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, two relay protectors may protect the headphones and speakers.

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Product Features

  • Unique volume control: When the DAC Headphone Preamp is connected to the speaker and the earphone at the same time, the earphone takes priority. After the earphone is unplugged, it automatically switches to the speaker. The volume button can adjust the RCA output. (The volume button of the decoder on the market can only control the earphone, can not control the RCA. )
  • A variety of input and output modes: Headphone Amplifier 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.
  • 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: headphone amplifier 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 volume control: when the dac headphone preamp is connected to the speaker and the earphone at the same time, the earphone takes priority. after the earphone is unplugged, it automatically switches to the speaker. the volume button can adjust the rca output. (the volume button of the decoder on the market can only control the earphone, can not control the rca. ) 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

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