Audirect Beam Portable DAC/Amp
Audirect Beam Portable DAC/Amp
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A portable DAC/amp designed to pair with smartphones and other mobile devices, the Audirect Beam is sure to kick your on-the-go listening experience up a notch. It uses the well-regarded ES9118 DAC chip and delivers 125 dB SNR and -114 dB THD+N: a level of performance sure to satisfy even the most demanding audio enthusiasts Read More
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3.6
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Benjrmin
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Mar 20, 2020
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Bad audio quality
Poor design as its bulky and sound quality is bad compared to cheaper dac like the hidizs
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Would not recommend to a friend.
RyanPin
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Sep 18, 2019
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It’s better than what’s already on your phone
I was underwhelmed. It does provide better sound compared to what your phone’s DAC can do, but not by much. Compared to other portable favs that I have, the dragonfly red and the Fiio btr3, it’s my least favorite. I will admit that I like the controls on the side for easy changing of the volume and pausing music as compared to the dragonfly red, but I had some connectivity issues with it as well. I will say it’s a good starter portable DAC. But you’ll probably want to upgrade beyond it.
Szxz1z
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May 1, 2019
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The DAC has very good sound with my Aurvana Trio IEM's a huge improvement over playing with just iPhone 6S. Although not the most stable connection, cuts in and out more often than not.... it also seems to just stop playback on it own. I now find myself not even using it because it cuts out more than it plays. Too bad because i really like the audio performance. A Not Buy recommendation
rshlyapak
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Mar 21, 2019
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The DAC sounds very good, especially for it size and price. The only imperfection - volume control. It would be good to have more steps there, though you still can regulate volume smoother from a phone.
matgir99
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Sep 17, 2019
controlling the volume though the phone means with this device means using the software volume, so you're actually compressing the bitrate and losing much of the edge in terms of sound quality this device gives...
RussB77
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Feb 26, 2019
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This DAC is easily on par with my Dragonfly Black and Fiio BTR3. The sound and amplification are both good and a noticeable improvement over the phone output. While the Dragonfly has no controls, and the BTR3 is Bluetooth only with phones (USB works with computers), the Beam has volume, track, and play/pause controls. They work but are sensitive and take a little getting used to. Finicky is a good word to describe them. I'd read a lot of comments that said it doesn't always connect to iOS devices. I have yet to encounter that. I've had it take a second or two to register as a connected device but it does always connect. My only complaint is it doesn't work with the 1 meter lightning/usb-c cable from Apple. I wanted to use it with a short mmcx cable and have the Beam basically land where a microphone/controls typically would but it doesn't register.
Stanislavshopov
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Feb 12, 2019
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Very good... for the money almost as good as the dragonfly red but has issues at the base level ... if your phone has a large battery is Hella yes
cong314159
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Jan 3, 2019
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A lot of DSP going on but drives headphones decently. Doesn't works with high input impedance devices, makes hissing noise.
minimeMAGA
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Sep 18, 2019
what do you define as a high-impedance device? No where in the description is this stated. please provide your source of this information. Only mention of impedence I can see is the output power for very high-impendence of 600ohms? "Output power: -114 dB THD+N, 2 Vrms into 600 ohms" which is confusing since mw output is stated for 32ohms...not that much power @32ohms either. thx
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cong314159
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Sep 21, 2019
Headphones are not high input impedance devices. I was referring to something like the input of amps.
mferring
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Dec 5, 2018
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I have only had it for a day and I must say I think it sounds really good paired with my Massdrop Plus IEMs. I bought it for the native pairing with IOS without having to buy other adapters. I have a Iphone 6plus and am interested in seeing whether I can live without a headphone jack. ie: do I purchase another iphone or go another direction to get a headphone jack. Well, after listening for several hours, I have to say that the Audirect sounds miles better than the std jack on the 6 plus. Much better depth, detail, and power. The unit is tiny and basically weighs nothing and can fit in the Massdrop plus IEM case if I arrange things carefully. I did have to reinsert the lightning connector one time, but that is the only dropout I had. I did not seem to be bothered by the volume steps. Also, since it is connected all of inches from my phone, I just used the volume control on the phone. From my perspective, these are highly recommended. I hope this means there will be more such devices produced in the future since it appears like all phones are now trending towards dropping their jacks.
weirdnoises
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Dec 4, 2018
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This thing sounds awesome running on my iPhone X,... when it ACTUALLY WORKS. I've read about the compatibility issues on this thing, but out of the hundreds of times I tried plugging it in, maybe like 5-10 times it actually connected and played music. Other times my iPhone didn't even recognize it and just blasted the music through the speakers, even if the DAC is plugged in and is lighting up. Did I get a lemon?
jzkatz
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Aug 7, 2019
I'm running into the same problem. It worked great for awhile, but now the phone won't recognize the lightning cable. I have to plug it in the USB port of a camera connection kit that adds tons of bulk. Anyone had any luck fixing this?
ItsAeolus
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Nov 27, 2018
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Not the most stable connection, cuts in and out every once and awhile. Great sound and its probably the best option at this price point.
Unregistered
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Nov 30, 2018
Android or Iphone?
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