Centrance DACport HD
Centrance DACport HD
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The CEntrance DACport HD takes everything you loved about the original DACport Classic and Massdrop-exclusive DACport Slim, and ramps up the power for running high-end headphones from a compact device. It pairs the highly regarded AKM4490 DAC with a Class-A headphone amp that brings 775 mW of output power—all without the use of an internal battery Read More
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tedhersh
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Dec 6, 2019
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Amazing!
This product makes me question everything I thought I knew about audio products. I've paired it with multiple headphones (HD650, HD600, K7XX, X2/HR) and it has driven all of them flawlessly! I already had the DACport Slim and have been so impressed that the DACport HD was a no brainier. I have Schiit Magni 3, Valhalla 2, O2, Modi 2 Uber and Khadas Tone Board, but there is something about this little pocket wizard that keeps me coming back for more. I remember back in the late 70's when Bob Carver came out with his 200 watt per channel, 9 inch square magnetic field power amps. The DACport HD gives me the same feeling...a sort of "How did they do that?" A USB powered, 3 inch long, 2 oz amp/dac that drives 300 ohm headphones with ease... Brilliant!
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Would recommend to a friend.
Dec 6, 2019
zep483
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Oct 27, 2019
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This little thing sounds amazing!
This thing sounds amazing, especially for what it is. I would take this thing over any of the dragonfly products that I've heard... WHY? Because it sounds cleaner and it produces a better end result. My only issue with it is that I wish it didn't drain the battery of a cell phone so fast... So this only really works as a portable solution to use with laptop, something with a big battery, or if you're changing workstations quickly or something like that. If I could use music on my computer at work, I'd bring this in to plug and play, because it definitely works for that. For long portable use, I'd recommend the big brother of this device... the dacportable instead. I found a great review online that pretty much sums up how I feel about it. Check it out below! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44ZC2bZbgbU
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Would recommend to a friend.
Oct 27, 2019
DavyJones
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Nov 29, 2018
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Works great awesome sound!
Nov 29, 2018
jgp1212
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Oct 3, 2018
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I have this always plugged into my phone during my transits.
It brings out all the details in my massdrop x fostex t-x0 argon headphones.
The amp has quite a bit of power to it as well. Considering it is usb powered.
If you have concerns that your phone's dac is the limiting factor in your portable setup, you should check this item out.
Just be warned that it consumes a lot of battery very quickly. It also gets quite a bit warm due to the amp being class A.
Oct 3, 2018
RayF
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Oct 26, 2019
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That's an interesting comment--because a lot of people buy massdrop x fostex t-x0 argon headphones hoping those headphones would bring out all the details of the music they're listening to! Shocking to discover they still have to cough up another hundred and thirty bucks!!!
Oct 26, 2019
domcobb1
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Aug 21, 2018
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How the hell is there not more fanfare around this little thing??? It's absolutely tiny, fits in your pocket and will even connect to and work with your mobile device if you have the cable/dongle (I'm using a USB-C to USB-A which then fits the included cable). And this thing gets LOUD. I can push the 250 ohm DT 770 to screeching levels (I've read someone say they paired this with the HE 400i's so even magnetic planars will work with this.) Sound quality is great, and while no music natively supports 32 bit/ 384kHz playback it's nice to have and I'm curious to try it out with games. No idle hum or any noticeable artifacting.
Just a few minor annoyances that are in no way a dealbreaker for me:
- Low/High gain switch is a bit difficult to actually switch (it's recessed somewhat into the body of the device) - Read it got warm during operation, it does indeed get quite warm - Windows use required installation of an application/driver (none on other platforms)
Overall this thing is super versatile. I was looking at a smaller solution to amping just because I tend to move around a lot and this thing hit all the checkmarks and passed with flying colors. Can be used as an all in one desktop solution or an on the go solution. I really can't understand how this was done at this price point or so well.
Aug 21, 2018
diyaudio
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Aug 4, 2018
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I got this DAC/amp a couple of days back.
I have the ODAC and O2 headphone amp, and this one is as good. In other words, it's absolutely clean and drives my 250-Ohm DT880 effortlessly. It gets warm as others have reported, and its volume control works very well. I need the high gain setting for the DT880, but all normal earphones which work with mobile phones will work happily with the low-gain setting, I'm sure. I specifically bought this to drive my large cans. I am driving it from my Linux laptop, and it works without any problem. As any Linux users probably know, no driver installation etc needed.
The physical build quality and the volume control feel is very good. I think it'll last a long time mechanically.
I am not sure this device is suitable as an outboard DAC for a mobile device, unless you just want to listen to a song or two. This DAC drains current fast, therefore your cellphone will drain fast. I think it's a great addition to a laptop rig.
I am an engineer and music lover, not an audiophile, so I may not hear differences between two pieces of equipment above a certain quality level. I feel that this device will probably match a Benchmark DAC1 or DAC2 headphone output, in case you want a guess.
Aug 4, 2018
Kam182
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Jul 31, 2018
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Easy to set up, and sounds phenomenal with my HD6XX's and Fostex Ebony TR-X00's. It can power more power-hungry headphones, if you need it.
Form factor is tiny - They weren't kidding when they said it was as big as a lighter. The volume control is nice, though it can get a little sensitive with high gain turned on (be really careful with this setting!). It also runs warm. I can't speak to running this thing with my phone, but on a desktop setup, I was blown away. I can't wait to try it out while on the go one of these days.
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Forgot to mention that if you're using this with Windows, you'll need to download a driver from CEntrance's site. Mac works right out of the box: Just plug it in with the included micro USB cable. and you're good to go.
I did eventually figure out a way to use this thing with my iPhone after having contacted CEntrance (they respond quickly, if you have any questions). Turns out you will need some extra things to get this to work with an iPhone 8 Plus:
I have to use the Apple Camera Connection kit. It has a Lightning input and USB-A input. I connect a battery pack to the Lightning input, and connect the USB-A input to the DACPort HD using a micro usb to USB-A cable. Then I connect the CCK to the phone. CEntrance told me that the iPhone must be plugged into a power source for the DACPort HD to work with it. It's messy, but it works if you're looking to use the DACPort HD on the go with a newer iPhone. Also, you might have to plug the DACPort HD in a few times to get the phone to recognize it.
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Jul 31, 2018
RayF
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Oct 26, 2019
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I'd love to see a photo of that mess ;- )
Oct 26, 2019
Gerrulen
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Sep 28, 2018
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Sep 28, 2018