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 powerโ€”all without the use of an internal battery Read More

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ValiantEnterprise
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Jul 30, 2020
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Ordered the DACport HD + Cerene dB bundle from the sale on the CEntrance website. Excited to get it Saturday.
Jul 30, 2020
ValiantEnterprise
32
Aug 2, 2020
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Yeah, it's crazy what certain people in power will do to slow things down for the little people
Aug 2, 2020
raansire7
654
Aug 2, 2020
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Hey, if we have a toy in the mail running late, that means we still got it good despite all the bad stuff going on. We gotta be grateful. I thank God for everything, and I live in Puerto Rico, which is going through a lot of corruption in the government right now. As long as I have a roof over my head, food, water, and electricity (and my toys), I'm good! ๐Ÿ˜
Aug 2, 2020
EdgeRunner
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Jul 29, 2020
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Grabbed one! I have wanted the DACport but sat on the fence pondering.... forever it seems. Noticed the special CEntrance has going but really just wanted the DACport... then Voila ! it shows up here! Perfect timing. You guys here have made me even more excited ! Canโ€™t wait to receive DACport! Thanks CEntrance ! and all of you guys here on Drop for always freely sharing and helping others in any way!
Jul 29, 2020
pcgeek
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Jul 28, 2020
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Is driver installation still required when using the new revision DACport HD on Windows 10? While I don't think the high frequencies of HD6XX are veiled, the midbass is definitely bloated. Is the DACport HD a good match for HD6XX? Would it improve the bloated and muddy midbass? Thanks in advance!
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Jul 28, 2020
pcgeek
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Aug 2, 2020
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Thanks for the info! I switched from the 32 ฮฉ DT 770 Pro to HD6XX because I can't tolerate the sibilance and the high frequency peaks produced by it. The DT 770 Pro's mids are recessed but it is bearable when compared to its highs. Its mid-bass and sub-bass are deep, clean, and tight despite many people complained the bass is overwhelming on the DT 770 Pro. Perhaps they are referring to the 80ฮฉ version? On the other hand, the high frequencies produced by the HD 6XX are detailed and smooth and I don't find them to be "veiled" or "rolled-off" like others said. The mids on the HD6xx are good and the sound stage is fine but not really better than the closed-back 770 Pros. However, the mid-bass frequencies of the HD 6XX are very bloated, muddy, overly punchy, and leaks into the mids. It seems like my impression of these two headphones are different from others. I'd admit I am driving the HD6XX directly with my laptops and smartphones. I know it's under-powered, but the volume is loud enough for me and I don't think DACs and Amps will alter the sound signature. In fact, they shouldn't as they are supposed to sound as neutral as possible. I've purchased the DACport HD and let's see how it works out.
Aug 2, 2020
raansire7
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Aug 3, 2020
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Underpowering headphones isn't about volume level. They can get very loud, but they won't sound their best. There's just not enough power to let the drivers function as designed. DACs and amps do change the sound of headphones, and it's not an issue of neutrality, but presentation as a whole. Underpowering headphones can make their desirable traits turn into the opposite. As an example, the HD 6XX sound stuffy and dead on the DACport HD on low gain, simply due to being high impedance and requiring more power. Amps deliver different levels of power according to impedance. The HD 6XX are plenty sensitive to make decent sound with little power, but that won't yield their best performance. The drivers have an impedance of 300 ohm, but that number is frequency-dependent and can increase much higher as music plays. However, once the DACport HD is set to high gain, the HD 6XX are totally transformed to the point that they sound like different headphones, because electrically, they're functioning according to their design. The bass gets tighter, the mid-bass no longer bleeds into the mids, *and the highs get sharper and smoother with much less "grain". The separation and layering increases, and also the width and depth of the stereo image. It's the same DAC/amp, but the power delivery increased, so the drivers are behaving in a different, optimal way. You said you know you're underpowering the HD 6XX, that it gets loud enough, and that you don't think the sound signature will be altered by the DAC and amp. If you don't have hearing damage, you will instantly hear the enormous change with the DACport HD on high gain. You will even be able to enjoy them at a *higher volume comfortably, because clean power yields less distortion. It's not an opinion of mine, but just plain science. ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘ *typo edits
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Aug 3, 2020
raansire7
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Jul 28, 2020
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$130 for the DACport HD is quite a grab. The thing is tiny yet sounds big and clear like a proper desktop DAC/amp combo. I was impressed by it! Now, the DACport HD + Cerene dB Headphones bundle is on sale, and it's in my opinion a fantastic purchase. I bought it directly from the CEntrance website. At $199.99, it's the best audio deal I have ever purchased. The headphones are bassier than I like, but I trust that the two years it took to voice them weren't in vain, and they do translate my music perfectly. Other than that, the things sound really open and have in my opinion delicious mids and highs for being closed cans.
Jul 28, 2020
CEntrance
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Michael Goodman
Jul 29, 2020
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May be we should consider dropping them here, so more problem can get what you got...
Jul 29, 2020
raansire7
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Jul 29, 2020
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I think that's a great idea! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
Jul 29, 2020
CEntrance
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Michael Goodman
Jul 27, 2020
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Hey guys, Michael Goodman here. Drop tells me they have resolved all outstanding customer issues related to mis-shipped product. Once again, I apologize for this terrible mistake, on behalf of Drop. This is not how we prefer to treat our customers. We shipped correctly, but something happened in the Drop warehouse just as COVID started raging. Anyway, we are being even more careful with all future shipments. The product is about to drop again. Please don't worry, we will make sure you are taken care of. Any questions, just contact us through the website: http://CEntrance.com
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Jul 27, 2020
mosquitoguy
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Jun 6, 2020
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I got two of these when it was at $200-- one for use, one for a backup in case it stops being manufacturered. I'm considering a third backup at the current price. That's how good this amp is. I also have the Apogee Groove at twice the price, as well as a Dragonfly, and this DACport handily beats both. If you want a tiny dac/amp that runs off USB power and works from Android phone, there's no better option. If you found one, let me know.
Jun 6, 2020
CEntrance
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Michael Goodman
Jun 8, 2020
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Thank you, really appreciate your positive feedback.
Jun 8, 2020
CEntrance
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Michael Goodman
Jun 5, 2020
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Guys, Michael Goodman here. Just got notice that this terrible mistake happened. I've worked with Massdrop for several weeks trying to prevent this from happening, and alas, it still did happen. I'm so very sorry about that. There clearly was a mix up at the Drop warehouse in New Jersey, because of COVID or whatever, I don't know. What's upsetting is that I emailed them 5 times asking to check this, because I suspected that there was an error (they didn't acknowledge the receipt their usual way). And now this. Very sorry. I have written to several levels of management at Drop. They need to get this fixed. It's not CEntrance fault, but that does nothing to lessen your inconvenience...
Jun 5, 2020
Melvyn
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Jun 4, 2020
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Hmm, what is this? Why are they starting the drop again to get more people to invest their money when they haven't even fulfilled the order for the previous drop?
Jun 4, 2020
BrakeRewis
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Jun 4, 2020
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While I've been eying this one for... what seems like years now... I want/need to find a good portable DAC/AMP that I can plug into my car to boost sound, and then take it with me once I've parked. Anyone got any good recs?
Jun 4, 2020
verifonix
872
Jun 5, 2020
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If you need power, the Dacport HD is really powerful. If you have very efficient headphones a cheaper dongle might suffice! There's good dongles nowadays, like the meizu, or the apple usb-c one.
Jun 5, 2020
Malin
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Jun 4, 2020
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AKM4490, not AKM4493 ? it has 770mw but @ which ohm? This competes in the same segment as 9038D. What are the advantages of this stick over 9038D?
Jun 4, 2020
Malin
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Jun 4, 2020
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its the same as 9038S but SE and according to Ivan it will be release this June.
Jun 4, 2020
verifonix
872
Jun 5, 2020
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This is an older product. AK4493 didn't exist back then! It is still a good option though, dacport HD has a lot of power on tap.
Jun 5, 2020
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Underpowering headphones isn't about volume level. They can get very loud, but they won't sound their best. There's just not enough power to let the drivers function as designed. DACs and amps do change the sound of headphones, and it's not an issue of neutrality, but presentation as a whole. Underpowering headphones can make their desirable traits turn into the opposite. As an example, the HD 6XX sound stuffy and dead on the DACport HD on low gain, simply due to being high impedance and requiring more power. Amps deliver different levels of power according to impedance. The HD 6XX are plenty sensitive to make decent sound with little power, but that won't yield their best performance. The drivers have an impedance of 300 ohm, but that number is frequency-dependent and can increase much higher as music plays. However, once the DACport HD is set to high gain, the HD 6XX are totally transformed to the point that they sound like different headphones, because electrically, they're functioning according to their design. The bass gets tighter, the mid-bass no longer bleeds into the mids, *and the highs get sharper and smoother with much less "grain". The separation and layering increases, and also the width and depth of the stereo image. It's the same DAC/amp, but the power delivery increased, so the drivers are behaving in a different, optimal way. You said you know you're underpowering the HD 6XX, that it gets loud enough, and that you don't think the sound signature will be altered by the DAC and amp. If you don't have hearing damage, you will instantly hear the enormous change with the DACport HD on high gain. You will even be able to enjoy them at a *higher volume comfortably, because clean power yields less distortion. It's not an opinion of mine, but just plain science. ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘ *typo edits