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Cayin Spark C5 DAC Portable USB DAC + Headphone Amplifier

A Deadly Challenger in the Portable Market

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Pros: Powerful and excellent sounding Amp section, portability, versatility, accessories and cables

Cons: some cheap plastic in the build, mediocre DAC section, hisses with IEM's.

Cayin C5DAC: A Deadly Challenger in the Portable Market             *Please click on the photos for the highest quality.   [[SPOILER]] About me & IntroductionI am a student who is a music enthusiast with a big appreciation for music and audio gear. The genres I listen to consist of, well, everything, apart from blues and country. My main priorities in Audio equipment are transparency,...
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TCG Audio TRD3 Plus: A promising Amp/DAC Combo
TCG Audio TRD3 Plus: A promising Amp/DAC Combo
Excellent build quality - poor and expensive return policies
Excellent build quality - poor and expensive return policies

Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1

Pros: Build, upgradeability, competitive cost

Cons: Tube stage not connected to headphone out. 24/192 ONLY support on digital out, not USB. Poor return policy, not a good match to my K701s

Great entry level DAC and headphone amplifier
Great entry level DAC and headphone amplifier

FiiO E17

Pros: Elegant and compact design, solid build, plenty of features, tonally balanced and pleasant sound, great value for money

Cons: No significant cons at this price, battery could last longer, nothing extraordinary- just does its job right

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FiiO E17

FiiO E17

“   I picked up a FiiO E17 when en route Germany to stay there for the 2012 Christmas period and the early days of 2013. I wanted to do some video editing work and listen to music when over there but didn't want to be without the stalwart reference quality Lavry DA10 which I didn't want to travel with on that occassion, so I decided to give the E17 a try.   Prior to owning...” --Windsor

100% Positive Reviews
Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1

Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1

“ I bought this DAC-preamp and after several attempts made the following changes to it for an amazing result:   Installed 5670 Raytheon Windmill getter tube upgraded diodes to Schottky Diode 11DQ10 Changed the output coupling caps to Sanyo Oscon 47uF opamp for tube to LT1364 or metal version of LM4562.   The biggest gain came from opamp then the diodes.  Do not...” --Lecentaur

93% Positive Reviews
FiiO E7 USB DAC and Portable Headphone Amplifier

FiiO E7 USB DAC and Portable Headphone Amplifier

“Received new FiiO E7 today from Micca in Fairfax, Va (hi ex-neighbor - used to live in Arlington.)   Did much reading on this forum and other reviews and truly appreciate the candid and (sometimes) brutal thoughts of recent purchasers.  After just a few hours experience, can only share my first impressions - all of which are positive.   Unpacked, reviewed instruction sheet, plugged in USB...” --TomT

89% Positive Reviews
FiiO Andes (E07K) Portable USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier - 96kHz/24-Bit

FiiO Andes (E07K) Portable USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier - 96kHz/24-Bit

“There are 100's of reviews for this product, all covering differing subjects. Nearly all of them rate the product very highly.   This is not a comprehensive review. If you want a more comprehensive review, you can probably find it on the net.     I only want to cover one topic:   iPhone/iPad connectivity (Lightening Connector)   Yes, this DAC can be used with...” --pasmeh

89% Positive Reviews
iFi Audio micro iDSD

iFi Audio micro iDSD

“At this point of time, iFi Audio shouldn’t need much introduction at all. The British company is the more budget oriented sister brand of the prestige Abbingdon Music Research and have made a name for able to punch above its weight when it comes to price/performance ratio. If anything, the micro iDSD that is going to be reviewed here has set a new bar on what it means to be an overachiever in...” --ClieOS

100% Positive Reviews
iFi iDAC DAC / headphone Amplifier

iFi iDAC DAC / headphone Amplifier

“The iFi iDAC provides a flawless sonic experience that is truly high-end.Big thanks to Avatar Acoustics for the review sample!The iDAC comes with a very nice USB cable and RCA cable for line-out.    This DAC has, by far, surpassed my expectations. It provides the finest of audio experiences.Everything sounds super-transparent and life-like, like most ESS Sabre DACs. What is...” --pro1137

100% Positive Reviews
CEntrance DACport USB Headphone Amp

CEntrance DACport USB Headphone Amp

“   I posted a review in the Computer Audio and Source forum in Feb 2010, but with the newer 2010 forum layout it was recommended that I should put a copy of the review in the gear review section.  I updated this a little bit since it's being reposted 3 months later, but most of this is verbatim for what I wrote initially.   The DACport definitely a nice source and amp worth...” --HeadphoneAddict

100% Positive Reviews
Cypher Labs Algorhythm Solo

Cypher Labs Algorhythm Solo

“   I Have spent some days with the new Algorhythm Solo and felt I could honestly give my impressions. I could probably do it in two words but where is the fun in that?    Starting off I would like to say that I have been on an incredible portable/digital journey since the ipod was released. A huge lover of music has always caused me some trouble with traveling as much as I...” --monotune

100% Positive Reviews
WooAudio WA7 Fireflies

WooAudio WA7 Fireflies

“A Tale of Two Tube Amps Woo Audio WA7 and ALO Audio PanAm       My normal gear preference and choice for many years has been solid state. I have held a curiosity, however, in tube-based audio gear and the possibilities and presentation that comes from it. It might be considered ironic that considering how endlessly I have been fiddling with my main system for years now...” --Currawong

100% Positive Reviews
Beyerdynamic A200p Portable Mobile DAC Headphone Amp for iPhone and Android Phones, Black/Silver

Beyerdynamic A200p Portable Mobile DAC Headphone Amp for iPhone and Android Phones, Black/Silver

“IT'S HERE!!!  AND LOOK AT ALL THE STUFF THAT CAME WITH IT!!! There have been another couple great reviews already that have shown the amp and accessories in some great pictures.  So I'll make this part of my review short and sweet.    Suffice it to say that you'll be surprised when your A200p shows up, both because of its size and because of the plethora of stuff that it...” --irishsammy

100% Positive Reviews
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