Emotiva Little Ego Portable DAC/Amp

Emotiva Little Ego Portable DAC/Amp

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From streaming videos and MP3 files to high-resolution audio downloads, everything sounds better with the Little Ego: a portable DAC/amp from Emotiva. It uses the well-regarded TI Burr Brown PCM 5141 DAC chip with an LME4986OMA op amp, and supports any file your computer can play up to 32 bit/384 kHz Read More

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annasoh323
96
Nov 12, 2017
I know that this doesn't have a dedicated line-level out like the Big Ego but could it be used that way if turned up to max volume? Or would that cause distortion?
catboyoblue
19
Nov 10, 2017
This is a nice step... now, after this drop, see if you folks can convince Emotiva to drop the DC-1! https://emotiva.com/product/dc-1/
BeardedAlbatross
16
Nov 11, 2017
The DC-1 is being discontinued for the DC-2. This is happening pretty soon.
catboyoblue
19
Nov 11, 2017
I know; it’s the perfect time to let Massdrop sell off remaining DC-1 units at a significant discount to its community....(then afterwards they could turn around and do a very limited debut drop of DC-2s)
I would really appreciate some info on the amp portion of this device, specifically output impedance and power levels at a variety of headphone impedances.
Salamando
1
Nov 11, 2017
http://www.ti.com/lit/ds/symlink/tpa6130a2.pdf
138mW @ 16ohm. If you have higher than 32ohm headphones, you'll probably need a separate amp.
Bobraz
2613
Nov 10, 2017
Ok, complete newbie here. Will this make tiny button earbuds sound 'large' as big expensive headphones?
dominica
38
Nov 10, 2017
well understand what a DA converter is. It needs a digital signal. In this case a usb input. I don't think this dac is low power enough to be compatible with phones.
If you just want the output of an ipod or phone boosted, a portable amplifier will do the trick.
Rodmunch
144
Nov 10, 2017
I use this DAC/Amp with a variety of headphones and IEMs, some expensive and some cheap, some sensitive and some not. It has worked wonderfully with all of them. Just don't expect it to work miracles. Also, I'm not sure that it will work with a phone or iPod.
payodpanda
957
Nov 10, 2017
I'm honestly just happy that Emotiva's products are being introduced to MD. Hopefully there will be bigger, better products down the line, maybe even a collaboration? That would be amazing.
PraxisCat
218
Nov 10, 2017
Same. Emotiva is one of my favorite tech producers; their products are all made in America (now), offer fantastic performance (technically, audiophile wishing / believing aside), and are lower priced than many of their competitors.
BeardedAlbatross
16
Nov 11, 2017
Their entire BasX line is made in China, software included.
Only their higher end X line is assembled in the US.
berryhill
147
Nov 9, 2017
Still not many USB-C friendly DACs around.. Guess I have to wait a few years, the audio world usually are stragglers.
Would like to use a DAC that officially supports my Mac 2017 and Galaxy S8 on the go.
berryhill
147
Nov 10, 2017
Interesting.. thanks man.
Lostdog54
230
Nov 10, 2017
It’s pretty nice. Sounds great with the Thinksound headphones.
DACport Slim has a volume control knob. Smaller, better specs and same price. Currently available here on Massdrop.
BeardedAlbatross
16
Nov 11, 2017
You realize you can edit your comment right? Why not just edit out the shit talk if you really take it back? Classy guy.
BPcruise
25
Nov 12, 2017
Flippant response. Won’t be trying your products out.
kalupa
84
Nov 9, 2017
Does this support mobile devices? iOS, Android?
Great that it supports desktops but being portable I'd expect to be using it with a portable device.
Pastor.D
2
Nov 9, 2017
Wouldn't it work just like DF Red/Black, drawing juice from either laptop or iPod? Another Q: how does it compare to DFR, since Red puts out 2.1 volts, and Little Ego 1.8 volts? And how does this DAC chip compare to DFR's?
stalepie
19
Nov 10, 2017
You probably won't hear a difference. I've been unable to hear any significant differences between dac-amps. I've tried various ones...
In fact, it will probably sound just like your computer or phone, except perhaps less noisy and/or a little louder.