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Cayin Spark C5 DAC Portable USB DAC + Headphone Amplifier

The Audio Swiss Army Knife

chowmein83

Pros: Form factor, lots of useful features, great amp section

Cons: Not-so-great DAC section, volume control gets too loud too quickly

Table of Contents Introduction Features and Ergonomics Sound Quality With IEMS With full-size headphones Comparisons to other audio gear For whom is this player good for? Conclusion   (Before I even begin with the introduction, I want to warn the reader that my review is somewhat lengthy. So I have included a table of contents above which you can click on to jump to...
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Impressive performance from minimal size
Impressive performance from minimal size
The Swiss Army knife of portable DAC/amp!
The Swiss Army knife of portable DAC/amp!
Only power up, high mid low not much work on.
Only power up, high mid low not much work on.

iFi Audio micro iDSD

Pros: Does increase PC general sound quality.

Cons: Not quite for pro and high end sound quality.

214 Results
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

90% Positive Reviews
Audioengine D1 Premium 24-Bit DAC

Audioengine D1 Premium 24-Bit DAC

“Used with studio monitors and Beyerdynamic DT-990 250 ohm headphones.   Nothing really bad to say about this DAC/Amp. The build quality is high, size is small, it drives all headphones I tested it with well. No flaws in the audio quality, looks good, gives you a volume control not only for your headphones, but for your speakers too which is nice if you use studio...” --spittis

100% 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

88% 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
Cayin Spark C5 DAC Portable USB DAC + Headphone Amplifier

Cayin Spark C5 DAC Portable USB DAC + Headphone Amplifier

“   INTRODUCTION Let’s cut to the chase, I’m a former Cayin C5 owner.  I loved the sound signature but found it’s amp section to be ridiculously over-powered on the low gain setting.  I could barely turn the volume knob before I felt like my eardrums might implode.  Not good.  Not good at all.  But that sound signature was oh so nice…   So when I heard...” --nmatheis

100% Positive Reviews
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