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.
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 $119.
iFi Audio just released its newest product – the iDSD Neo. I’ts a stationary DAC/AMP combo with Bluetooth, balanced output, and unique, futuristic design. It is priced at 699 USD.
JDSLabs Atom stack contains of the Atom DAC (99 USD) and the Atom AMP (99 USD). It is widely regarded as one of the biggest bargains in the headphone audio market. Let’s see how true this statement is.
EarMen TR-Amp is a mobile DAC/AMP with a lot of power, two headphone outputs and MQA decoding. It is priced at 249$.