CEntrance DACPort HD

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Small but powerful DAC/amp combo with AKM4490 inside

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Pros: Tiny, 99 % black (also with IEMs), scales perfectly (IEMs to full size cans), precision volume control wheel, clear, clean and meaty sound.
Cons: Not perfectly neutral, becomes a little hot (but small price to pay for great sound)
Got mine used from sheldaze (thanks!)
Packs a very clear, clean and meaty (slightly u-shaped) sound in a very small light weight package.
I think I prefer it over all my other sources, except for perhaps my O2 DAC/AMP which is more neutral and a little more spacious but maybe not quite as exciting/fun. It's a matter of preference and genre and not a matter of SQ.
Works extremely well and is 99.5 % black with all of my current IEMs/headphones. An extremely faint hiss can be heard when not playing.
As of now I don't have any super sensitive IEMs but something tells me it will be black enough with anything you throw at it.
Nice with CEntrance ASIO support and sample rates to up to 384 kHz, DSD128 and 32-bit bit-depth. Not that I can hear any difference. Anyway, nice to know I can take it "all the way".
The volume wheel is very easy, comfortable and quick to operate, and it's completely free from any scratchy sounds (unlike its predecessor).
It looks really cool which doesn't hurt...
If you have any questions just ask, and if you wish to know more about me and other sources I have or have had then click here.
Pros: Super quiet with my iem's... 775 mill watts of power (in hi-gain) hard to believe.... Extremely precise volume wheel.
Cons: Can get very hot! No markings on the VOL knob. You can easily go the wrong direction and blow your ears up!!
This DAC is unbelievable, it works flawlessly with my Samsung S5 running tidal and flac on a micro SD card. Sound is phenomenal for my Noble K10s..... relaxed, crystal-clear and punchy bass. I use this in a portable rig with a huge extended battery on the S5. The DAC will run your battery down quickly and less you have a extended addon. I've also hooked it up to my MacBook Pro and Windows 10 PCs it's outstanding on both. The build quality is also top-notch all aluminum construction dissipates heat well. They will generate some heat but it's totally normal. Just for fun I put it in high gain mode and hooked up my Beyerdynamic DT 880 pros 600ohm and it sounded amazing! I never thought this little device would have the power to drive this hungry can. Pair this up with an old android phone with an extended battery and you have an awesome portable rig. Couldn't be happier!!!!!!

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What, it draws power from the S5 alone? I thought it was too power-hungry for that. Let me know!
SIC your micro to micro cable, thanks!
Pros: Neutral, clear, clean, detailed.
Cons: Needs run in to show it`s best.
You really need to be patient with this one. Because of it`s size, the small caps needs to be fully charged before it sings. I would estimate they need 100 to 200 hours. But when accomplished, things starts to happen. 
Brand new out of the box, it sounds thin, with no bass to speak of, When run in, the midrange is fleshed out, and there are bass a plenty. If it is present in the recordings, that is. A lot of 70`s recordings are revealed as having not much bass, It`s just the neutrality of it, that is showing this. Not a fault. With "normal" recordings bass is of very high quality.
It`s neutrality really shows how you cans sounds. Fidelio X2 is slightly dark, but very musical, and nice controlled bass. Great for rock and heavy metal. HE 400s is slightly bright, but good balance overall. Great for acoustic music. With my slightly modded Beyerdynamic DT150, it is close to perfect. Close to perfect tonal balance, and huge soundstage and great dynamics. My DT990 is too bright with it. Not an issue with my Lake People G109s amp. AKG 702 is still a bit bass shy, but no great issue. Overall it is nice and detailed, with absolutely no sibilance.
Overall the DACport HD is very neutral, clean and clear, and lets a lot of information through.
If neutrality is your thing, and it suits your cans, go for it. It`s really amazing for prize and size.
How's the noise floor with the X2? Any hissing?


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