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Thanks for all your replies. Sounds very promising.
The responses were worth the wait, thank you. Last question is, how much of a noticeable difference Is there between using the Dacport Slim out vs say an iPhone 6?
@sling5s , very many thanks for the review
Can this be used just as a dac ?
Yes. Similar to the original Dacport and the Dragonfly, just set volume to max and use the proper cable. The difference is the Slim should be set to "low" gain when you do this.
How good is the DAC on this compared to the FIIO E10k or the MODI 1/ MODI 2 ?
Was this the Geek Out Version1 or the current?latest Version 2? Seems the Version 2 is significantly improved over the first version.
I never took to the first version. Very detailed and transparent but lacked didn't sound engaging or musical to me. Lacked fullness and warmth.
So I may really prefer the Dacport Slim. But as for "heft and bite"...what do you mean? When you say fullness it sounds like full mids but when you say heft and bite, sounds like V-shape--bass boost and treble brightness.
. Edit: double post.
Thanks for the review! I wanted to do one myself, but it seems that CEntrance aren't answering my emails at the moment
In regard to harder to drive headphones, are you sure that the HE1000 is a good test of that? I mean, after all, the HE1000 only has a 35 ohm rating, which is closer to portable than anything. Sure, it benefits from power, but it sounds good out of an iPhone 6 as well...
Do you have a K7XX, HD600/650, or a Beyer T90 to pair it up with? That would really test if it was meant for harder to drive headphones, IMO.
I would love to see how it performs when driving hard to drive headphones like Beyerdynamic 770,880 and 990 600 ohms versions.
Good question , I agree with you ...!
I'm looking for dac/amp to use at work, but we're not allowed to install external drivers on our computers. Would this still work at 24/96 without installing the drivers, other than those that automtically installs when you connect it to a windows computer?
The difference between the Slim and HD ... what the extra $100 buys you. Hope this helps someone.
Max Sample Rate (Slim)192kHz (Also: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4kHz)
Max Sample Rate (HD)384kHz (Also: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192, 352kHz), DSD
Max Resolution (Slim)24-bit (Also supports 16-bit)
Max Resolution (HD)32-bit (Also supports 16 and 24-bit)
ConnectionUSB 2.0, asynchronous
Local clockMil-spec clock, 10 ppm precision, 1 ps jitter
CompatibilityAny computer running Mac, PC, Linux. Driver is available for Windows.
Frequency Response20Hz...40kHz +/-0.2dB
Dynamic Range (Slim)109 dB, re +11.5dBu, max gain
Dynamic Range (HD)112 dB, re +14.5dBu, max gain
THD+N (Slim)0.003% (FS, 1kHz)
THD+N (HD)0.002% (FS, 1kHz)
Noise Floor7 µV RMS (A-weight), max gain
Audio OutputStereo 3.5mm (1/8") jack, headphone or line output
Output Impedance1 Ohm
Amplifier TtypeDirect Class-A, no caps in the signal path
Max Level (Slim)2.9 V rms / +11.5 dBu
Max Level (HD)4.1 V rms / +14.5 dBu
Output Power (Slim)450mW (total), drives 600 Ohm headphones
Output Power (HD)775mW (total), drives 600 Ohm headphones
Input powerUSB bus (no external power supply needed)
Gain Switch20dB range
Internal power supplies±9V, dual, super-clean analog rails
Unit Dimensions:3" (7.6cm) L, 1.1" (2.9cm) W, 0.4" (1.1cm) H
Weight:2.5 ounces (72 grams)
Seems to be a great amp/dac for the price. Especially for £71 at current rate here in U.K. I will compare it with my fiio E10K when it arrives from Massdrop.