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Audirect Beam Portable DAC/Amp

Audirect Beam Portable DAC/Amp

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Product Description
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

Customer Reviews

(24 reviews)
57% would recommend to a friend
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Balanced and clear
Pretty well balanced, powerful enough to drive planars, which is what I need this thing to do.
Recommends this product? Yes
Feb 17, 2021
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The ess dac sounds great and all possible cables provided
Recommends this product? Yes
Jan 28, 2021
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My favorite external DAC
I bought a few of these devices to test out because phones without headphone jacks are an unfortunate reality. im going to stick with phones with headphone jacks. that said, this thing is the best of the bunch I tested. It sounds great—the ess Sabre is the best dac chipset IMO. And it is fairly small so when it is connected to your phone it isn’t that different than if you were using headphones. it has an analog feeling switch for volume control and that is what makes this thing great. yeah, recommend.
Recommends this product? Yes
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
Recommends this product? No
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.
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
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.
Sep 17, 2019
rshlyapakcontrolling 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...
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.
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
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.
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
Sep 21, 2019
minimeMAGAHeadphones are not high input impedance devices. I was referring to something like the input of amps.
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