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Audirect Atom3 HiFi Portable DAC Amplifier

Audirect Atom3 HiFi Portable DAC Amplifier

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Product Description
When smartphones started doing away with headphone jacks, it brought into focus a new necessity for audio dongles—which opened the door for high-fidelity options like the Atom3 Portable DAC Amplifier from Audirect. This tiny little blue box packs in a ton of audiophile awesomeness into a form factor that fits right in the palm of your hand Read More
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Dec 31, 2022
Newb question: Assuming I just use 3.5 earbuds and Spotify/similar is this beneficial, and if so how and how perceptible to audio newbs?
For one, years have gone by since the last Apple portable has included a 3.5mm jack (sad face), so you'll be able to use your 3.5mm headphones. Considering you're using earbuds instead of in-ears, on-ears, or over ear headphones, the 'buds will limit the sound quality substantially (poor extension into sub bass and super treble performance). Even Apple's 3.5mm EarPods and bluetooth AirPods are hybrids between buds and in-ears, to improve their bass performance. With that said, even with a cheap $18 pair of Koss KSC75 on-ears or $30 BLON BL-03 in-ears (both great budget values!), a dongle like this would improve over other common options like the Apple dongle with less congestion during busy music passages, perhaps less glare in the highs. Spotify Premium should be enough to start hearing these benefits to clarity, though of course all improvements add up.
Jan 2, 2023
Previous version atom2 had an issue that it can get very hot. Doesn’t the atom3 get very hot like atom2? If not can you compare it with atom2?
Jan 3, 2023
@JonG9 Hello! The Atom 3 has an upgraded DAC Chip, ESS9280 AC PRO, whereas the Atom 2 had a ESS9281 AC DAC Chip. The Atom 3 also has a higher SNR, and is slightly lighter in weight. This product will not overheat and get hot.
Dec 31, 2022
Is there a way to use this with the USB C connection on the majority of Android phones? Thanks.
Feb 28, 2023
Atom 3 has a USB C version.
Feb 14, 2023
Can you use a trrs jack on this? Will there be any issue? Will it pass the mic input back to the phone?
Apr 13, 2023
I got one from AliExpress and tested this with a redragon headset, it does pass mic input through.
Jan 2, 2023
Will this have any impact on a cars stereo system? Thinking of buying but I spend most of my time driving.
Depends on how you connect to the car stereo. If you use bluetooth, then no. But if you use an "AUX" jack (with that 3.5mm plug, the most common type you see on headphones), then yes this should help with clarity.