SMSL SH-9 is a balanced headphone amplifier based on the THX888 chip. It provides 3W through the balanced output and costs 289$.
Even though the Kinera Odin isn’t a new release, it is still an exciting offering, with 8 balanced-armature drivers per side with the price set at $799. Let’s see how do they perform in 2021.
Hifiman RE400 is an earphone powered by a single dynamic driver, and it is the lower model of the “Waterline” series. It is priced at 79USD.
I’m active on Facebook groups for years, and the question in the title is posted quite often. In this article (which isn’t obviously a review), I’ll try to help you choose the best possible option. At first, a few words about my experience with mobile stuff, using different phones, files, streaming services, and so on. Continue reading “Mobile DAC or DAP – which one should I get?”
ddHiFi TC44B is a fully balanced DAC/Amp based on a dual CS43131 chip with USB-C and two headphones outputs. That pleasure costs $89.
The xDuoo XD-05 Plus is a mobile DAC/Amp that can work separately as each option and provides 1W of pure power through the headphone output. It is priced at 289$.
The SMSL SU-9 is a balanced DAC that decodes MQA, and it is based on the Sabre ESS9038 Pro chip. You can get one for $399.
FiiO BTA30 is a DAC with a Bluetooth transmitter and receiver, based on an AK4490 chip. It is priced at 89,99USD.
ddHiFi TC25B is a tiny, USB-C portable DAC with a 2,5mm headphone output. It is priced at 39,99USD.
EarMen Eagle is a pendrive-size mobile DAC/AMP combo powered by ESS ES9281 chip and it costs $119.