DAPs, DACs and DAC-AMPs: Best for Portable Audio



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eCoustics Headphone Editor, Will Jennings explains everything you need to know to get the best sound on-the-go whether you use your smartphone with a dongle DAC or DAC AMP, or opt for a portable digital audio player (DAP).

Definition:
DAP = Digital Audio Player (aka MP3 player, iPod)
DAC = Digital Audio Converter
Dongle DAC = Portable adapter that connects between smartphone and headphone, which improves digital-to-analog conversion for more detailed sound.
DAC AMP = Larger than a Dongle DAC, yet still portable, adds built-in amplifier for cleaner sound.

Products mentioned in video:

DAPs:
Sony WM1Z ($2,488) https://amzn.to/3sJnPAu
Fiio M17 ($1,799) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09JWN12D5
Astell & Kern Kann Alpha ($1,099) https://amzn.to/3a0Px53
Hiby R3 Sabre ($209) https://amzn.to/3PDlH7c
Hidizs AP 80 Pro X ($169) https://amzn.to/3lmsV1e

Dongles:
Cayin RU6 ($249) https://www.ecoustics.com/reviews/cayin-ru6-dongle-dac/
Questyle M15 ($249) https://www.ecoustics.com/reviews/questyle-m15/
Questyle M12 ($139) https://www.ecoustics.com/reviews/questyle-m12-usb-dac-headphone-amplifier/
Xduoo Link 2 Balanced ($149) https://amzn.to/3a7nbGt

DAC/AMPS:
Chord Mojo 2 ($845) https://www.ecoustics.com/reviews/chord-mojo-2-portable-dac/
Centrance M8v2 ($749) https://amzn.to/3sDUvve
iFi xDSD ($599) https://amzn.to/3NivH3F
Xduoo Poke II ($390) https://amzn.to/3G99Edz
Hidizs DH80S ($139) https://amzn.to/37Sr1Cs

IEM:
UE Live ($2199) https://www.ecoustics.com/reviews/ultimate-ears-ue-live-iem/
UE Switch Plates ($199) https://www.ecoustics.com/reviews/ultimate-ears-ue-switch-faceplates/

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