Have tried many headphone DAC/Amps in the £50 - 200 range and nothing comes close to the resolving, enjoyale nature of this bit of kit. Western manufacturers should take note. Quality, performance and a great price point can all exist together! :) Had mine for almost a year now and have no intention of letting it go...
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
“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
“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
“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
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
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
“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
When Michael Goodman first told me he was going to make a portable device that used full-sized XLR jacks for balanced headphones, I thought that it was going to be too big and bulky. Wisely he asked the community for feedback on the design (maybe more so because it got a lot of people excited about it). When people were asked what they wanted, the answer was, inevitably, everything...” --Currawong
Great entry level DAC. Noticeable improvement over the onboard sound of my mac. Pairs great with my audioengine A2s. Powers my HD600 and HE400 headphones very well, seriously can not tell the difference between this and the Asgard 2 (which very much disappointed me for the price).
Gorgeous looks and build quality. Great size. If I ever upgrade my DAC I will use this as a...” --dalb