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Whizzer DA1 Review!
Pros: - An unexpected balanced-warm sounding dongle despite sporting an ESS DAC.
- Musical yet detailed sounding IEM.
- Clean, black background.
- Minimal battery consumption.
- Lightweight yet sturdy build quality.
- Excellent device compatibility - literally just plug and play.
- Very tactile, hardware volume buttons.
- DSD support is always a good treat.
- Versatile synergy/pairing with most IEMs and easy to drive gears.
- Reasonably priced given that it is quite rare to see a warm-sounding ESS Dongle.
Cons: - Non-detachable cable means extra care is needed for longevity.
- Power output could be better or greater for its asking price.
- A pouch or a case would be a treat for everybody (a nitpick).
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Whizzer DA1 Review!


Good day! After a week of casual and critical listening, here’s my written review for the Whizzer DA1 USB DAC. Unexpected ESS performer!

Disclaimer:
  • Whizzer sent this unit to me in an exchange for an honest, unbiased review. Rest assured that this review will be free from any form of bias/s as much as possible.
  • I have not tested this with MQA files or MQA streaming since I don’t use MQA at all.
  • The following remarks and observations shall be made and owned only by me.
  • No monetary compensation is/was involved before, during, and after the period of creation of this review.
  • I have only tested this with earbuds and IEMs and earbuds.
  • Your mileage may (and always, will) vary.

Burn-in time: 5-10 hours per day, 10 days.

IEMs/Earbuds/Source used:

  • Shaytan Customs’ Mr. Stark V2
  • KBEAR Ormosia
  • Etymotic ER3SE
  • Tanchjim Zero
  • Whizzer OS1BEAT
  • VE Monk Go Final Edition
  • Non-HiFi smartphone (Infinix Note 12 G96, Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018))
  • Desktop PC, Laptop.
  • Local Files via Foobar and Roon, YouTube Music, Deezer, and Qobuz with UAPP.
Setup configuration: Whizzer DA1 paired with phones/laptop/pc.

Essential Product Specifications:

  • Input Type: USB
  • DSD (Direct Stream Digital): Yes
  • Output Power: 70mW@32Ω
  • Model Number: Whizzer DA1
  • DAC Model: ESS 9270
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Sound signature:
  • Despite being equipped with an ESS DAC, the Whizzer DA1 exhibits a good, balanced-warm sound signature that will pair most IEMs or audio gears that is very easy to be driven. Everything sounds musical while keeping things detailed. There is little to no added obvious coloration perceived to the IEM when paired with the DA1 but if I have to nitpick, there is a bit of coloration on the midbass and lower mids, making it slightly thicker, textured, and punchier. Technical performance seems to be untouched as it is still transparent, clean, and a bit revealing.

Build Quality:
  • The build quality here is what I would say sturdy yet lightweight. It is lighter by heaps when compared to my Tempotec Sonata HD V. It is also less warmer when used as well. However, the connector cable isn’t removable and will be needing some extra care to prolong the dongle’s lifetime usage. Whizzer did quite make up for it by using a thick, braided brown cable though. This also has hardware volume buttons that are really tactile and textured, and an RGB indicator that changes color depending on the file format played (Blue indicates the file is in general format, green indicates DSD64, while yellow green indicates DSD128 or higher).
Device Compatibility:
  • I had no problems connecting the Whizzer DA1 on all of my devices. I haven’t tried it with apple devices though, but the official website and listing says it is also compatible with apple devices if you have a type-c to apple lightning adapter. It also does not have any problem with HibyMusic and UAPP on my end and it does the job well.
Battery Consumption:
  • The Whizzer DA1 does not drain the battery too much despite giving enough power to my IEMs and earbuds. The DA1 was used for around 6-7hours continuous with my old Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018).
Power and volume:
  • The volume here was mostly handled by the dongle itself and will remember the last volume you set it with. Here are some IEMs and earbuds I have tried with their respective listenable/ enough volumes (do take note that the volumes indicated are only based on adjusting the volume with the hardware button and not with the software volume adjusted. 30/30 = 100% max volume):
  • VE Monk Plus 5th Edition (64 Ohms) - 20/30
  • Shaytan Customs’ Mr. Stark V2 - 18/30
  • Most IEMs - 12-16/30
  • BQEYZ Topaz and Autumn, KBEAR Ormosia - 16/30

Pros:
  • An unexpected balanced-warm sounding dongle despite sporting an ESS DAC.
  • Musical yet detailed sounding IEM.
  • Clean, black background.
  • Minimal battery consumption.
  • Lightweight yet sturdy build quality.
  • Excellent device compatibility - literally just plug and play.
  • Very tactile, hardware volume buttons.
  • DSD support is always a good treat.
  • Versatile synergy/pairing with most IEMs and easy to drive gears.
  • Reasonably priced given that it is quite rare to see a warm-sounding ESS Dongle.

Cons:
  • Non-detachable cable means extra care is needed for longevity.
  • Power output could be better or greater for its asking price.
  • A pouch or a case would be a treat for everybody (a nitpick).
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Verdict
It is really quite surprising for me to hear a warm-sounding dongle that sports an ESS DAC. Now that I have mentioned it, it is quite rare for me to hear a technically-competent, warm sounding DAC and Whizzer did that eventually. Despite asking for more power output for power demanding gears such as planar IEMs in general, I never had problems with lack of power with the DA1, given that I haven’t tested headphones yet (and may not be a good idea to do so). The Whizzer DA1 proved itself to be very versatile and paired my gears really well, without any excessive coloration, bloat, shrill, or anything in between. Very recommendable USB DAC for everyone!

Who is the Whizzer DA1 for?
  • For those people who want an all-rounder dongle .
  • For those people who want a bit of warmth in their mids.
  • For those people who want a very lightweight usb dongle on-the-go.
  • For those people who have bright sounding gear and want to complement the sound with some warmth.

Why should you not buy the Whizzer DA1?
  • If you look or seek for more power output.
  • If you are looking for a setup for your headphones.
  • If you worry about the non-detachable cable.
Thank you for reading!

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