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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SomeTechNoob
465
Nov 4, 2020
I had the Slim and the HD. CEntrance support was great whenever I had questions or issues. I've had a few dongle dacs come and go through my collection, but the dacport was the best sounding one I came across when paired with my HD 6XX. Awesome product for the size and especially for this price.
Much appreciated. We love our customers!
I’ve had the DACport Slim for a lot of years and it went from being with me in the Marine Corps to sadly being homeless, and yet through it all I am absolutely amazed at the beating it took but still looked new and better yet, never lost a beat. Unfortunately the headphone input finally loosened enough to cause some slight crackling between channels when the cable moved. I wrote a heartfelt and humbling letter explaining where we had been and Mr Goodman, the CEO, responded personally. At this moment it is at their shop being looked over and refreshed. The company’s level of customer care and quick response is second to none, and the fact the owner is so hands on; between reading emails, posting on sites, attending to his clientele, and employees, should make anyone want to invest their dollars with the company he built. I’m currently in school studying to be a Mastering Engineer and I have recommended not only their top notch products, but the company itself, because of what they stand for as well as providing long term support for their products. One of my professors is so impressed with the product he purchased that he is including it in his syllabus as a recommended item for studio use. I can’t wait until I have enough funds saved to upgrade to the HD version, because if it is anywhere near the quality of the Slim, as I told Mr. Goodman, he has, without a doubt, earned a customer for life. Great customer service, hands-on ownership, happy employees, and build quality second to none, their products should be on your short list of items to test and review. Jeff
raansire7
819
Nov 4, 2020
Yup. Michael Goodman is a total boss. It's why I will continue to support the company by purchasing their products I like, and recommend it. There are lots of faceless audio companies, but gladly, CEntrance isn't one of them. Good luck in your education. I started learning music production back in 2002 when I got to my second duty station in the Army. Enrolled in a good audio engineering school back in 2010 but had a motorcycle accident and my life went down the drain, so I never went back. I still noodle as a hobby and am the sound guy in my church, so that's to me the peak of peaks...doing what I love for the Lord. 😃
Thank you! We will be sending your DAC back soon! Please email for status.
Al0922
8
Sep 30, 2020
I just ordered this from Drop and going to pair it up with my HD 58X Jubilee. I have two questions and wish you all can give me some advice.
  1. Is a driver still required for this device to function properly, if I'm using this on Windows 10 latest build (19041) ? Most of my audio files are in 24-bit FLAC.
  2. I read previous comments, which stated that "use low gain for IEMs; high gain for high-end cans." Since HD 58X is fairly easy to drive with 150 Ohms impedance, will there be any improvements in audio clarity/details when switched to high gain, other than being louder? Louder is not necessarily equal to higher quality audio right?
Thanks in advance.
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raansire7
819
Nov 5, 2020
Amen, brother! Ha-ha. I appreciate that. Yeah, I'm constantly lurking the comments to see if anyone needs help. I've been making computer music and using the Sony MDR-7506 since early 2002, but I only started learning about headphones as late as in early 2016. I've learned some stuff, so I always try to give people those helpful pointers to optimize their experience! :) Regarding the HD 58X, they are sensitive and very easy to drive for being 150 ohm, but the low gain of the DACport HD is really low gain to drive very sensitive and low impedance headphones and be able to use the volume knob's range. I gave away my HD 58X, so I can't test them, but I do have the HD 6XX and those max out the volume on low gain while sounding weak. Once I change it to high gain, they shine with plenty of volume range left. If you're close to the max volume on low gain, turn it down completely, put it on high gain, and slowly raise it to a comfortable level. Always turn it down all the way to prevent accidentally blowing your ear drums. It's common-sense, but it's easy to forget and can damage both your ears and your headphones.
Al0922
8
Nov 6, 2020
Really appreciate your advice brother. I just started to get into the Hi-fi Headphones in 2018, and only gotten myself a proper AMP/DAC last month as I was going down the rabbit hole. Feel like that audiophile's stuff are more like an art than science, like burning in etc. Glad to have some firm guidance from an expert! :)
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Maikalal
4
Sep 27, 2020
I purchased DacPort HD like 5years ago and this is still going strong. This mini guy puts mojo to shame. It's that good. I am running these with Hifiman he400i and beyerD DT1990 pro.
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Thank you for your good comments!
pcgeek
4
Sep 12, 2020
I have just received the DACport HD I ordered. It sounds good and has plenty of power when set on high gain. However, I've noticed unstable volume when I dial the volume knob at certain volume levels. The problem is a little difficult to describe but it sounded choppy and was like you are turning the volume up and down quickly (+2 dB, -2dB, +2 dB, -2dB, ...). Is this a hardware issue? I know the DACport HD comes with a digital volume control circuit instead of conventional variable resistor volume knob but this should not happen and I believe my unit is defective. Looks like someone reported the same issue in a forum: http://www.just-hifi.com/CEntrance-DACport-HD_10365217-5.html At high gain level, sound quality is quite alright, but it's difficult to control volume, as it needs to be at the lowest steps (and there appears to be some "shakiness" of volume in the low range). The other issue is that I'm hearing clicks when seeking or switching between tracks when playing DSD audio. I did a quick Google search and it seems that this is a common DSD-related problem and can be fixed by using another player software. (I am currently using foobar2000.) Is there any other troubleshooting steps I can try before replacing my DACport HD? Thanks!
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OK, let's do this. Why don't you send your unit to us and we will adjust the gain for you. Even though you mentioned the one place where this is discussed, we really haven't had too many comments about this issue. And we sold thousands of these already. So this has to do with either the way you like to listen to your headphones, or your particular headphones, or something like that. Of course, all of this is normal -- some people like to listen loud and other people like to listen soft. No problem there. We don't mind tweaking your unit to make sure it matches your expectations for a comfortable volume adjustment range. Whatever we learn, we might put into new products moving forward. If that works, please contact us by email by replying to the email we sent you and will get this done.
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pcgeek
4
Sep 27, 2020
Thanks, Michael! I will send you an email.
Ordered the DACport HD + Cerene dB bundle from the sale on the CEntrance website. Excited to get it Saturday.
Please email us from the website and mention this conversation.
Done!
EdgeRunner
78
Jul 29, 2020
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 ! Can’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!
pcgeek
4
Jul 28, 2020
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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pcgeek
4
Aug 7, 2020
One more thing. Is the latest DACport HD still made in the USA? Thanks in advance!
Parts come from Asia, final assembly, testing and packaging happen in Chicago, USA.
raansire7
819
Jul 28, 2020
$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.
May be we should consider dropping them here, so more problem can get what you got...
raansire7
819
Jul 29, 2020
I think that's a great idea! 😁👍
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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