Top 10 Headphone Amplifiers with DACs
for May 2022

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HELM Audio Bolt DAC/AMP, USB-C Portable High-End DAC/Headphone Amplifier with MQA Playback. Mobile Studio Sound for Android, iOS and PC. USB-C to 3.5mm Audio, THX Certified

HELM Audio Bolt DAC/AMP

USB-C Portable High-End DAC/Headphone Amplifier with MQA Playback. Mobile Studio Sound for Android, iOS and PC. USB-C to 3.5mm Audio, THX Certified

by HELM
What We like

THX CERTIFIED AUDIO OUTPUT: Exclusively designed for ultra-low harmonic, crosstalk & crossover distortion. Unlike other mobile MQA-DAC designs, the HELM BOLT physically isolates the DAC from the USB connector for improved EMI isolation, and uses a three oscillator design for superior frequency lock with dramatic improvements over single oscillator DAC designs.

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Product Features

  • AMPLIFIED AUDIO OUTPUT & HEADPHONE OUTPUT LEVEL MATCHING: Provides an average increase of +6 dB in devices with combined USB-audio output (where a dedicated headphone audio output isnt available). Headphone output level automatically detects headphone impedance and sets level accordingly (1V for 150 ohms).
  • STUDIO GRADE PORTABLE DIGITAL ANALOG CONVERTOR WITH MQA: BOLT delivers studio sound on the go from any mobile device across all listening formats. Supports MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) streaming for unparalleled fidelity in portable audio. Compatible with Android, iOS, Mac, and PCs. May require extra adapters or third party apps for MQA support.
  • HIGHEST FIDELITY SOUND: MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) rendering unfolds every detail of the original master recording as the artist and engineers intended it to be heard for better-than-CD audio resolutions. Stream MQA content from TIDAL, nugs.net, and Xiami. MQA Certified.
  • SMARTPHONE, TABLET, MAC & PC COMPATIBLE: USB-C input to a 3.5mm Headphone Output supporting playback of PCM files with sampling rates up to 384 kHz, or DSD files with sampling frequencies up to 5.6MHz. The 3.5mm audio jack seamlessly connects to your wired headphones or speaker system. Note: An adapter is required if you do not have a 3.5mm input jack.

Studio grade portable digital analog convertor with mqa: bolt delivers studio sound on the go from any mobile device across all listening formats. supports mqa (master quality authenticated) streaming for unparalleled fidelity in portable audio. compatible with android, ios, mac, and pcs. may require extra adapters or third party apps for mqa support. Smartphone, tablet, mac & pc compatible: usb-c input to a 3.5mm headphone output supporting playback of pcm files with sampling rates up to 384 khz, or dsd files with sampling frequencies up to 5.6mhz. the 3.5mm audio jack seamlessly connects to your wired headphones or speaker system. note: an adapter is required if you do not have a 3.5mm input jack. Amplified audio output & headphone output level matching: provides an average increase of +6 db in devices with combined usb-audio output (where a dedicated headphone audio output isnt available). headphone output level automatically detects headphone impedance and sets level accordingly (1v for 150 ohms). Highest fidelity sound: mqa (master quality authenticated) rendering unfolds every detail of the original master recording as the artist and engineers intended it to be heard for better-than-cd audio resolutions. stream mqa content from tidal, nugs.net, and xiami. mqa certified.

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iFi Hip-dac2 - Portable Balanced DAC Headphone Amplifier for Android, iPhone with USB Input Only/Outputs: 3.5mm Unbalanced / 4.4mm Balanced – MQA Decoder

iFi Audio iFi Hip-dac2

Portable Balanced DAC Headphone Amplifier for Android, iPhone with USB Input Only/Outputs: 3.5mm Unbalanced / 4.4mm Balanced – MQA Decoder

by Abbingdon Music Research
What We like

PORTABLE DESIGN - Your music will never stop with 6-8 hrs of battery life (depending on use) and a slim, lightweight design perfect for carrying in your pocket wherever life takes you.

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Product Features

  • EASY CONNECTIVITY Connects directly to your smartphone with the USB Input, and works with balanced 4.4mm or S-Bal 3.5mm headphone plugs for ultimate convenience and versatility
  • UPGRADED - The hip-dac2 has been upgraded to give you an even more pleasurable portable audio experience, it now is a full MQA decoder and has an upgraded GMT Clock.
  • HIGH RESOLUTION AUDIO - From Spotify to Tidal MQA to MP3 and beyond, play any high res audio format with native digital to analog conversion so you can listen to any song the way the original recording was intended
  • POWERFUL AMPLIFIER - Suited to your style, listen to in ear monitors or drive over the ear headphones with 400 mW max power output from the on-board amplifier

Powerful amplifier - suited to your style, listen to in ear monitors or drive over the ear headphones with 400 mw max power output from the on-board amplifier High resolution audio - from spotify to tidal mqa to mp3 and beyond, play any high res audio format with native digital to analog conversion so you can listen to any song the way the original recording was intended Upgraded - the hip-dac2 has been upgraded to give you an even more pleasurable portable audio experience, it now is a full mqa decoder and has an upgraded gmt clock. Easy connectivity connects directly to your smartphone with the usb input, and works with balanced 4.4mm or s-bal 3.5mm headphone plugs for ultimate convenience and versatility

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AIYIMA DAC-A2 Headphone Amplifier DAC with Bass Treble Controls PC-USB/Optical/Coaxial Inputs, RCA/3.5mm Headphone Ouput Digital to Analog Desktop Audio Converter 5V 24Bit 192kHz

AOSHIKE AIYIMA DAC-A2 Headphone Amplifier DAC with Bass Treble Controls PC-USB/Optical/Coaxial Inputs

RCA/3.5mm Headphone Ouput Digital to Analog Desktop Audio Converter 5V 24Bit 192kHz

by AIYIMA
What We like

5V Power , very portable a Home Desktop Professional Auido Device, Easy to use and Improve your music Quanlity.

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Product Features

  • Professional Headphone amplifier Chipset TPA6120+OP275,DC 5V power input interface,RCA and 3.5mm headphones outputs. PC-USB:24Bit/96K,OPT/COA:24Bit/192kHz
  • Dac-A2 a DC5V Headphone Amplifier Destop DAC ,Built-in Hi-Fi Headphone amp chip can drive 16ohm to 200ohm headphones.
  • Chipset:SA9023+CS8416+97220+NE5532.With PC-USB, Optical and Coaxial S/PDIF Inputs , Match most Home Audio system PC/MAC/Computer
  • RCA output Can Connect your Powered Speaker ,Or Connect amplifier ; and With Bass and Treble control

Chipset:sa9023+cs8416+97220+ne5532.with pc-usb, optical and coaxial s/pdif inputs , match most home audio system pc/mac/computer Dac-a2 a dc5v headphone amplifier destop dac ,built-in hi-fi headphone amp chip can drive 16ohm to 200ohm headphones. Rca output can connect your powered speaker ,or connect amplifier ; and with bass and treble control Professional headphone amplifier chipset tpa6120+op275,dc 5v power input interface,rca and 3.5mm headphones outputs. pc-usb:24bit/96k,opt/coa:24bit/192khz

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Monolith 124460 Portable Headphone Amplifier and Dac - Black with THX AAA Technology, Analog Input, Slim Design, Dirac Sensaround

Monolith 124460 Portable Headphone Amplifier and Dac

Black with THX AAA Technology, Analog Input, Slim Design, Dirac Sensaround

by Monoprice
What We like

Versatile inputs digital or analog - We've got you covered. This amplifier features a USB and a 3.5mm Optical input, as well as an analog 3.5mm stereo input for devices without digital outputs. Tailor your sound: peq and shelf equ - use the powerful digital Tools to tailor the sound to your personal preference. Does your headphone have a little sibilance? Set a peq to tame that frequency peak. Use the shelf EQ to provide an adjustable boost or cut to frequencies above (HF) or below (LF) the

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Product Features

  • Akm 4493 DAC detailed sound. Exceptional musicality. The AKM AK4493 is akm's new flagship 32-bit stereo Premium DAC. It supports PCM inputs up to 768kHz and a direct stream digital (DSD) input of 2.8/5.6/112 (Maximum) MHz, the industry's highest level. An internal circuit employs a newly developed 32-bit digital filter for the ultimate in sound quality and musicality
  • Dynamic range control: Use the DRC functionality to set the shelving Filters. The DRC starts with low-pass and high-pass Filters to split the low and high frequencies (24dB/oct @ 140Hz), followed by two independent stereo compressors and a mixer to combine the low and high bands. A soft knee is not used, I.E. Compression starts exactly above the threshold level with no compression below the threshold. The LF offset simply adjusts the threshold level of the LF compressor relative to the HF
  • The world's most linear amplifier technology. The THX achromatic audio amplifier (THX aiaa) ensures the ultimate no-compromise Headphone audio experience by delivering the world's highest fidelity audio with infinitesimally low levels of noise, distortion, and power consumption
  • Dirac sensaround expand your headspace. Music is usually mixed with loudspeakers in mind, Not headphones. As a result, Headphone listening is often plagued by a distorted soundstage Instruments and voices may seem incorrectly placed and trapped inside your heard, causing an unnatural listening experience. Dirac sensaround II creates a vast, clear, and realistically immersive soundstage free from the constraints of the space in your ear, much like a multi-speaker home Theater system. Whether you

The world's most linear amplifier technology. the thx achromatic audio amplifier (thx aiaa) ensures the ultimate no-compromise headphone audio experience by delivering the world's highest fidelity audio with infinitesimally low levels of noise, distortion, and power consumption Dirac sensaround expand your headspace. music is usually mixed with loudspeakers in mind, not headphones. as a result, headphone listening is often plagued by a distorted soundstage instruments and voices may seem incorrectly placed and trapped inside your heard, causing an unnatural listening experience. dirac sensaround ii creates a vast, clear, and realistically immersive soundstage free from the constraints of the space in your ear, much like a multi-speaker home theater system. whether you Akm 4493 dac detailed sound. exceptional musicality. the akm ak4493 is akm's new flagship 32-bit stereo premium dac. it supports pcm inputs up to 768khz and a direct stream digital (dsd) input of 2.8/5.6/112 (maximum) mhz, the industry's highest level. an internal circuit employs a newly developed 32-bit digital filter for the ultimate in sound quality and musicality Dynamic range control: use the drc functionality to set the shelving filters. the drc starts with low-pass and high-pass filters to split the low and high frequencies (24db/oct @ 140hz), followed by two independent stereo compressors and a mixer to combine the low and high bands. a soft knee is not used, i.e. compression starts exactly above the threshold level with no compression below the threshold. the lf offset simply adjusts the threshold level of the lf compressor relative to the hf

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LOXJIE A30 Desktop Stereo HiFi Audio Power Amplifier & Headphone Amplifier, Infineon's MA12070 Chip Class D Amp, ES9023 DAC Chip, USB/ Optical/ Coaxial/ RCA/ Bluetooth 5.0 Input (with Remote Control)

LOXJIE A30 Desktop Stereo HiFi Audio Power Amplifier & Headphone Amplifier

Infineon's MA12070 Chip Class D Amp, ES9023 DAC Chip, USB/ Optical/ Coaxial/ RCA/ Bluetooth 5.0 Input (with Remote Control)

by LOXJIE
What We like

EQ Mode - Built-in 7 kinds of EQ mode presets, easy matching of a variety of speakers and music. Personalized adjustment, diverse gameplay, More functions. If EQ cannot be satisfied, we also have options for adjusting the bass and treble to adjust the sound effect that suits you, and you can also connect the active bass output.

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Product Features

  • MA12070 chip - The MA12070 is a super-efficient audio power amplifier based on proprietary multi-level switching technology. The power management algo-rithm dynamically adjusts switching frequency and modulation to optimize power loss and EMI across the output power range. Unparalleled power efficiency - optimized for music playback with very low power losses and cool operation. Ultra compact, fully integrated solution - high power output in a small form factor.
  • Wireless Whole-Home Audio - Play your favorite music wirelessly throughout your home for a seamless. Bluetooth 5.0 digital audio input, support APT-X.
  • High quality headphone output - Along with 6.35mm headphone jack and 4mm banana output interface (Audio cable may be directly connected without connectors) through the remote control mode key, freely switch the output mode.

High quality headphone output - along with 6.35mm headphone jack and 4mm banana output interface (audio cable may be directly connected without connectors) through the remote control mode key, freely switch the output mode. Ma12070 chip - the ma12070 is a super-efficient audio power amplifier based on proprietary multi-level switching technology. the power management algo-rithm dynamically adjusts switching frequency and modulation to optimize power loss and emi across the output power range. unparalleled power efficiency - optimized for music playback with very low power losses and cool operation. ultra compact, fully integrated solution - high power output in a small form factor. Wireless whole-home audio - play your favorite music wirelessly throughout your home for a seamless. bluetooth 5.0 digital audio input, support apt-x.

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Moukey Headphone Amplifier DAC -96K/24Bit -with OLED Display Screen to Show 5-Segment EQ Adjustment, Coaxial/RCA/ 6.35mm,1/4'' Headphone Output for Phone/PC/Compuer - MPHA1

Moukey Headphone Amplifier DAC -96K/24Bit -with OLED Display Screen to Show 5-Segment EQ Adjustment, Coaxial/RCA/ 6.35mm,1/4'' Headphone Output for Phone/PC/Compuer

MPHA1

by Moukey
What We like

Exquisite Metal StructureThe high-class and elegant blue, coupled with the metal polished texture shell, looks bright. At the same time only 0.3kg, very suitable for carrying.

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Product Features

  • 96K/24Bit PCM and native CS4344The headphone amps equipped with golden ratio of 96K/24Bit and native CS4344 DAC chip,make it closer to the quality of HIFI. Suitable for the use of headphones in the range of 8-250.
  • Different connection optionsThe USB DAC amp Equipped with three audio connection cables corresponding to the current popular desktop computers, mobile phones, and platform computers.
  • Simply reliable USB power Connects to your laptop via its micro USB connection, which also provides the portable headphone amplifier with power, make it to use anywhere and anttime. We also equip three special connection cables for connecting Apple and Android systems to achieve true all-round applicability.
  • OLED Display Screen To Show 5-Segment EQWhen you set or adjust the built-in 5-band EQ, the DAC amplifier display screen provides an intuitive visual experience. Look at the beating bands and feel the different textures of music.

different connection optionsthe usb dac amp equipped with three audio connection cables corresponding to the current popular desktop computers, mobile phones, and platform computers. oled display screen to show 5-segment eqwhen you set or adjust the built-in 5-band eq, the dac amplifier display screen provides an intuitive visual experience. look at the beating bands and feel the different textures of music. simply reliable usb power connects to your laptop via its micro usb connection, which also provides the portable headphone amplifier with power, make it to use anywhere and anttime. we also equip three special connection cables for connecting apple and android systems to achieve true all-round applicability. 96k/24bit pcm and native cs4344the headphone amps equipped with golden ratio of 96k/24bit and native cs4344 dac chip,make it closer to the quality of hifi. suitable for the use of headphones in the range of 8-250.

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FiiO K3 DSD256 | 384K/32Bit USB-C DAC and Headphone Amplifier for Home and Computer(3.5mm Single Ended/2.5mm Balanced/Coaxial and Optical Digital Outs) (K3 Titanium)

FiiO K3 DSD256

384K/32Bit USB-C DAC and Headphone Amplifier for Home and Computer(3.5mm Single Ended/2.5mm Balanced/Coaxial and Optical Digital Outs) (K3 Titanium)

by FiiO
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FiiO E10K USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier (Black)

FiiO E10K USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier (Black)

by FiiO
What We like

PORTABLE DESIGN A sleek, brushed aluminum shell and chassis allow for durable, portable use.

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Product Features

  • USB CONNECTION Connects to your laptop via its micro USB connection, which also provides it with power.
  • DAC ChipThe Internal DAC chip is a PCM102 and can handle PCM files up to 24-bit/96 kHz while improving audio quality via a linear filter, reduced delay and internal silence on changing tracks, and no phase shifts.
  • [Unbelievably low noise floor] Optimized active low-pass and BASS circuit designs ensure lower noise floor in any situation, so your music is truly played back faithfully. The USB Type-C connector gives the device more compatibility. At the same time, the headphone/line/coaxial (up to 24 bit/192kHz) outputs make it easier to connect to other equipment.
  • LOW NOISE FLOOR The unit has an optimized low-pass filter and selectable bass boost circuit that are designed for a low noise floor in all states.

Usb connection connects to your laptop via its micro usb connection, which also provides it with power. Dac chipthe internal dac chip is a pcm102 and can handle pcm files up to 24-bit/96 khz while improving audio quality via a linear filter, reduced delay and internal silence on changing tracks, and no phase shifts. [unbelievably low noise floor] optimized active low-pass and bass circuit designs ensure lower noise floor in any situation, so your music is truly played back faithfully. the usb type-c connector gives the device more compatibility. at the same time, the headphone/line/coaxial (up to 24 bit/192khz) outputs make it easier to connect to other equipment. Low noise floor the unit has an optimized low-pass filter and selectable bass boost circuit that are designed for a low noise floor in all states.

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Soundavo HP-DAC1 Digital to Analog Converter / Headphone Preamp DAC with S/PDIF, Line, USB Input for PC/Laptop

Soundavo HP-DAC1 Digital to Analog Converter / Headphone Preamp DAC with S/PDIF

Line, USB Input for PC/Laptop

by Soundavo
What We like

Easy Plug & Play OperationEasy to install between both Mac OS & PC Windows 10, just plug it into any USB port on your computer, HDTVs, game console, or any audio source player. NO additional driver downloads needed (currently only support IOS 12 version software or below for the iPhone/iPad device)

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Product Features

  • High Resolution Sound PerformanceSupport HD audio and provides clarity, separation, less muffling and more detail sound and an apparent volume boost from what was output straight from your laptop. Also improves the transparency and soundstage of the music even with MP3 files playback.
  • S/PDIF OutputS/PDIF output supports digital surround multichannel formats such as AC3 / DTS
  • Make Your Headphones SingBuilt-in high-performace headphone amplifier (32 - 600 Ohm headphone impedance recommended), delivers clearer high, deeper bass and richer sound.
  • Multiple Input Sources SelectionSelect different inputs from USB, Optical Toslink S/PDIF and USB by using the push buttons conveniently located on the front with single-ended RCA outputs for connection to an outboard power amp or powered speakers.

Make your headphones singbuilt-in high-performace headphone amplifier (32 - 600 ohm headphone impedance recommended), delivers clearer high, deeper bass and richer sound. High resolution sound performancesupport hd audio and provides clarity, separation, less muffling and more detail sound and an apparent volume boost from what was output straight from your laptop. also improves the transparency and soundstage of the music even with mp3 files playback. S/pdif outputs/pdif output supports digital surround multichannel formats such as ac3 / dts Multiple input sources selectionselect different inputs from usb, optical toslink s/pdif and usb by using the push buttons conveniently located on the front with single-ended rca outputs for connection to an outboard power amp or powered speakers.

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EarStudio ES100 MK2-24bit Portable High-Resolution Bluetooth Receiver/USB DAC/Headphone Amp with LDAC, aptX HD, aptX, AAC (3.5mm Unbalanced & 2.5mm Balanced Output)

EarStudio ES100 MK2-24bit Portable High-Resolution Bluetooth Receiver/USB DAC/Headphone Amp with LDAC

aptX HD, aptX, AAC (3.5mm Unbalanced & 2.5mm Balanced Output)

by RADSONE
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