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hiliDAC Audirect Atom Pro Portable DAC/Amp

hiliDAC Audirect Atom Pro Portable DAC/Amp

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High-performing digital-to-audio conversion shouldn’t have to take up a lot of space. That’s the central idea behind the Audirect hiliDAC Atom Pro: a portable DAC/amp smaller than most USB drives Read More

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(40 reviews)
75% would recommend to a friend
Oct 24, 2021
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I like
Use with my iPad all the time. Pretty good considering form factor
Recommends this product? Yes
Jun 24, 2021
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Started Well, But...
This device worked fine with my iphone 6s, however, when I upgrade to the 12, it worked twice, and then after the second time, which was for a Zoom call, it stopped working altogether. When I plug it in it lights up and then dies. I am not sure if anyone else has had this problem, but I would not recommend it for use on a iphone 12, which is unfortunately where you really need it.
May 22, 2021
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Even though I'm in the minority, the moment I saw companies dropping audio outputs on phones, I was eager to see what the usb-c/4 data and power delivery story can do for this type of use case. This device is a great example of what the future of phone and mobile audio looks like. Modular, personalized control over audio components without separate power supplies is a game changer for high quality audio. This device may not be as good as some standalone, self-powered units, but it paves the way for what's to come.
Recommends this product? Yes
Apr 24, 2021
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Sound is good!!
Recommends this product? Yes
Feb 19, 2021
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Wire is broken after 4 months, it disconects if cable is slighly moved.
I like my Hilidac playing the MQA tracks from Tonal. It did bring out much more accuarate sound using the stage 3 decoder in the Hilidac. I do have one concern though, after using it for 3 to 4 hours, it starts gabbling up the music. I need to unplug it from my iPhone and back in. Then it's OK. Strange!
Recommends this product? No
Jan 6, 2021
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Sound on par with Dragonfly Red
Coming from an Android user. Pros:
  • Small, compact, portable.
  • No adapters needed unlike with other popular products (think Dragonfly line) though the cable attached does mean that, in the end, you'll always have something dangly attached to the end of your headphone cable.
  • Decent sound quality. Nothing ground-breaking, but good for the price.
  • Sound quality is about on par with Dragonfly Red, which in my opinion is not very good. However, taking the price into consideration makes it the winner. It's definitely better than most on-board soundcards on Android devices, which are usually part of the SOC so are generally quite noisy.
  • Mine came out of the box with a big kink in the cable due to how it sits in the packaging: the cable is bent down into the box to make it appear seamless and pretty. I would much rather if they just shipped it flat and protected so the cable does not come pre-bent. It took some wear for it to finally flatten out.
  • I had to rebuild my kernel to enable support for it, but this is to be expected with the default kernels on most Android devices, which are generally built very lean.
  • If it gets too hot it will turn off, and mine gets very hot very quickly. I can't leave it in my pocket else it will overheat.
Overall I'm not too impressed, but for the price it does what it says on the tin and is perfectly listenable on the go, when it's at a good temp.
Dec 16, 2020
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Great for what it is: Budget MQA renderer with DSD support
I primarily use this as a desktop DAC/Amp at work, taking full advantage of the MQA rendering on Tidal. It works really well on mobile as well, but hits its stride supporting High-Res formats on PC. Being that it's a $70 dongle - my expectations are pretty reasonable, and yet they were still exceeded. Sound: The overall sound signature is definitely on the warmer side, with a noticeable (yet not excessive) bump in the mid-bass. Mids are clear with decent separation, sub-bass is relatively textured, and highs are good and smooth, rolled just enough to never reach into fatigue territory. Obviously, the MQA rendering performance far exceeds that of CD quality or MP3, where I feel as if it's simply "good to serviceable" at best. Mic quality is pretty solid. At $70 with MQA rendering and DSD 64 support (somewhere), it's hard not to recommend as a mobile solution.
Recommends this product? Yes
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This product cannot be used for phone calls. But it is convenient. The sound quality is okay, but it's a bit disappointing.
Recommends this product? No
Oct 17, 2020
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Drains battery life
It doesn't always seamlessly transitions from speaker audio to headphone audio when plugging in and noticeably drains battery life when compared to oem Apple adapter. The audio quality difference is not noticeable for average listeners like me so I would say save your 70 dollars and buy the apple adapter for 8 dollars instead.
Recommends this product? No
Oct 12, 2020
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Never received my unit (lost in shipping).. But good service recovery from Drop
Even with the shipment tracking, somehow my unit got lost in transit (the status was stuck no updates for months). Emailed drop and they promptly offered me a full refund, so kudos to them for the no questions asked resolution. Ended up getting a Lotoo PAW S1 instead and I'm super happy with it.
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