Khadas Tea - World's First MagSafe Headphone Amplifier for Smartphones

    Dear Community! It is with great joy and anticipation that we announce the upcoming launch of our latest hi-fi audio product the ‘Tea’, an ultra-slim high-resolution headphone amplifier for smartphones. This portable amplifier features the high-performance ESS ES9281AC Pro DAC, as well as LDAC...
  2. ZzBOG

    Lightning 2-in-1 adapter that doesn't hiss?

    I bought more 2-in-1 headphone + charge lightning adapters than I dare to remember, and all of them hissed when I tried to use both charge and audio. Of the brand-name ones - Belkin (Rockstar or Rockbox whatever it's called) hisses. Can someone here please recommend from personal experience...
  3. M

    To DAP or to enhance iPhone output?

    Hey everyone! I think I may be on a journey to nowhere, but wanted to seek the advice of those in the know here. I have been an Apple user for as long as the iPhone has been around, and have had iPods before then, but as time as gone by, I have started to feel that the SQ from these devices...
  4. Shabda


    So I just read that the newer iphones i.e. all the ones without a standard 3.5 mm headphone jack i.e. almost all the ones in circulation don’t have a DAC or at least it’s not using one when I plug my headphones in through the loghtning adapter! Is this really true? Is the DAC in that crappy...
  5. drewmunitz1

    3.5mm to Lightning adapters (Portable DAC) for newer iPhones

    What're the best 3.5mm to lightning Portable (DAC) adapters available for newer iPhone? Someone mentioned that the 3.5mm to lightning cable that comes with all newer iPhones has an effective built-in DAC but, I doubt it would even be good enough to listen to FLAC or even any high-rez music. Any...
  6. imrazor

    Question about Lightning to 3.5mm adapters

    Since Lightning is a digital out, it stands to reason that the little dongle Apple sells contains some kind of DAC. (Please correct me if I'm wrong.) And from my casual listening it's pretty mediocre, at least when you compare new Apple Lightning buds vs old buds with the Apple dongle. At least...
  7. phara0hseye

    iPhone AE - Audiophile Edition

    I was listening to Sara K on Chesky records on three DAPs with my Son Q doing a comparison for some reviews we are going to post. He works for Apple and I am a fan of their products from before the time of his employment with them. I would like to see an iPhone AE option. On a two-year life...
  8. alexandis

    Advanced Sound Accessport 2 - mysterious ext DAC

    Hi guys, could someone shed some light on this portable DAC for iPhone? I'm unable to find any datasheets about its guts :frowning2:
  9. Z

    Best headphones for listening music from iPhone [New member question]

    Hi everyone. Please, don't laugh at my question. I'm the newbie here and have no experience with really good headphones or high-end stuff. I just enjoy music and would like to make my silly setup a little bit better and pleasant for my ears :) I'm looking for headphones and need your help...
  10. PowerPod

    My first DAC/Amp: xDuoo XD05 Plus DAC/Amp Impressions

    Introduction Late last year I decided I needed to have a clear out and sold a number of items allowing me to put aside some funds to replace my Audio Technica ATH-ESW10 Japan closed-back headphones. I had the hinges on these replaced three times and when the hinges began cracking again, I was...
  11. Fender AE1i DAC Amplifier for iPhone

    Fender AE1i DAC Amplifier for iPhone

    Fender AE1i DAC Amplifier for iPhone Lightning, connects 3.5mm earphone, going to release in mid Dec 2019 in Hong Kong.
  12. MonoJon

    Bluetooth adapter or headphones to use with iPhone for *calls*

    All, My partner complains on the microphone on her IEMs with inline mic cutting out during conference calls on her iPhone 8. She wants to get bluetooth headphones so that she can continue to delay upgrading her phone. Questions: Is the TRRS configuration on iPhone 8 jack actually compatible...
  13. Kounter Torque

    New setup

    I’m looking to get the most out of my iPhone XS Max while using Spotify premium set to 320 kbps. Now I realize this isn’t lossless or even “super high quality” by any means, but it’s what I want to use since it has most of my library. I’ve been looking into a new DAC/amp combo for it. I have the...
  14. seldomseenkid

    Anyone losslessly streaming home library (on Mac) to iPhone ?

    Hi all, interested to hear from anyone who's done this. Requirements: - play home music library on iPhone - iPhone anywhere, not just home network - lossless - no transcoding - iTunes library on a Mac, although interested in other Mac-based experience - music browser in the app, ie. not just...
  15. D

    Tips on everyday wireless IEM/earbuds (~$350)

    Hi folks, First time poster from Sweden. I’m looking to purchase my first wireless earbuds (is it called canalphones? The closed, passive noise isolating types.), and I’m looking for something that hopefully will satisfy my needs. I’ve been trying to read up on this tech, but it’s overwhelming...
  16. outerspaceface

    Chord Mojo: worth switching to iPhone?

    Hello fellow enthusiasts, I am about to get a new phone and switching to the iPhone XS appeals to me to be able to route all audio through the Mojo whereas on my Galaxy s8, I am limited to only using USB audio player pro. However, Android has built-in hi-res music support so I can connect my...
  17. A

    Headphones recommendations for Audioquest Dragonfly Red

    After a very long hiatus of chasing the hifi tail I'm back into looking for a new headphone system or two. My first order of business is to find a simple system with relatively high audio quality for listening at the office. Since I will almost exclusively be listening to streaming via Tidal...
  18. P

    Has anyone compared the sound of fiio q1 mkii on PC and on iphones?

    I'm hesitating to get one as my first DAC Amp and I saw some reviews/comments said that the sound output by q1 mkii is less power (? or not as clear) on iphone for which it's designed compared to that of connecting to PC? Is it a thing and should I make it a concern (since I plan to use it on my...
  19. P

    Iphone Lighting to Micro USB B cable for AMP / DAC.

    I am looking for a longer cable for my Iphone Fiio headphone amp. The one supplied by Fiio is very short and requires me to strap the amp to the back of my IPhone. Not an ideal solution. Ideally the cable would be 0.5 meters or 1.0 meters in length. Thank you.
  20. anoxy

    USB DAC for iPhone/Carplay?

    I have a car with Carplay, and I was thinking I could improve the sound quality by plugging some sort of DAC/Amp into the car's USB port, and then plugging my iPhone into the usb port of the DAC/Amp. Do you think this would work? Any recommendations if so?
  21. musicalychallenged

    Help with choosing

    Hello Everyone today my family had a discussion about the cellphones we have and when we are going to go and get new ones. I personally like the Iphone 6 when i got it a couple of years back, but to this day my new Samsung galaxy s7 edge is just absolute garbage most of the times, and it has a...
  22. Fondler

    Apple Camera Connection Kit

    Hi there Head-fi crowd. There’s only one way to connect some DAC‘s to Apple Products - Camera Connection Kit. For me it’s a corny solution due to the poor Quality of all those Adapters I found out there to buy. Do you know any better solution than those available at first sight? Is there anybody...
  23. Niroc

    ULTRA-portable dac/amp solutions for new phones (no headphone jack)

    Hi everyone. With modern phones predominantly excluding a 3.5mm headphone jack, a lot of us who can’t be F’d carrying around an extra device, or an amp/dac that doubles our carry load, are looking for a HIGHLY portable, simple, and easy option to power our HiFi grade headphones. Just a little...
  24. iBo0m

    Is upgrade from iPhone 8 to Hiby R3 or Sony NW-A45 worth it for lossy music?

    Hi, I need a little advice. I listen to music a lot (at home, while traveling), however my whole music library is in Itunes plus format (AAC/m4a, 256 kbps; exceptionally mp3, 320 kbps). Currently, I am using iPhone with 3.5mm dongle. I was wondering whether there will be any noticeable...
  25. M

    Old Flagship DAP VS Flagship Smartphone in the Present

    Between old flagship DAP like AK240 since 4 years ago and flagship smartphone in the present like Samsung s9 or iPhone X with dongle 3.5mm. Which one are better sound quality to pair with sensitive IEM?