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1W Portable DAC/Amp

Discussion in 'Portable Headphone Amps' started by Bhargu, May 13, 2018.
  1. Bhargu
    Hi, I am looking for a portable DAC/Amp with around 1W power output at 32 ohms, at a budget of max $300. I have been looking for a bit, but haven't found one yet. I have been spending a lot of time travelling and wanted something really trasportable that could replace a desktop amp satisfactorily. I am mostly looking at battery powered units which can easily be charged from laptop USB.

    Note: The only one I could find was iFi Micro BL, but that is $600.
  2. Koolpep
    Assuming you mean 1W (or 1000mW) per channel, correct?

    If total (both channels together) then the Centrance would work: http://centrance.com/products/dacportable/

    If it's per channel - the "standard" then:

    Cayin C5 comes close with 800mW per channel @32Ohm for $170 - I have this little powerhouse and it sounds very engaging.

    Then the Fiio A5 with the same output of around 800mW per channel @32 Ohm: http://www.fiio.net/en/products/59/parameters

  3. Bhargu
    Yes, I am looking at a 1W per channel DAC/Amp combo. Thanks for the suggestions. I checked Cayin C5's specs. Sadly, the DAC/amp combo Cayin only has 300 mW rated output. Amp only C5 and Fiio A5 has around 800mW, but I was looking for a DAC/Amp combo as my laptop audio out has considerable hiss in the audio out and much less than < 2 Vrms output. Though, if I can't find a substitute, I might end up buying a plain amp.
  4. Koolpep
    Sorry - I misread the DAC/Amp part I thought you rare looking for an amp only. The hiss will be quite pronounced indeed.

    DAC/Amp - well - limited options with that power requirement. I would recommend ifi iDSD (maybe used to match $300), I love the xDSD soundwise but it might be too weak.... and that one is as well $399 so over the budget.

    Just add a good DAC to the C5 and be done. Audioquest Firefly, Audioengine D3, Fiio X1 mk2, Shanling M0 etc. can all put out line out to the C5....Maybe the Radsone ES100 could be a good DAC as well, $99 plus you would have a bluetooth adapter as well...plus a pretty decent USB DAC. All with a few dollars to spare....


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