hiliDAC Audirect Beam 2
hiliDAC Audirect Beam 2
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The sequel to hiliDAC’s well-received Beam, the Beam 2 is a high-performing DAC/amp that easily fits in your palm. To deliver exceptional sound and amplification that punches way above its weight class, the Beam 2 is equipped with an audiophile-grade ESS9281C Pro DAC and an amplifier capable of outputting 240 mW at 32 ohms Read More

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KuroYariman
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Jul 10, 2020
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Anyone know about mqa decoders vs Renderers? This page says it does both which I think is surprising for the price! how does this compare to Ifi hip dac? I’ve been under the assumption that the hip dac is only a Renderer
Jul 10, 2020
racheski
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Jul 7, 2020
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If this only had bluetooth...
Jul 7, 2020
badheinz1985
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Jul 6, 2020
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Any data on the output impedance of that device? It's kind of important...
Jul 6, 2020
NEET
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Apr 14, 2020
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If anyone in the US wants to buy I'd sell mine for $140 Shipped.
Apr 14, 2020
vaisas
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Apr 8, 2020
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hi, all! how does this DAC compare to this other one active on Drop right now: CENTRANCE DACPORT HD? Anyone has any ideas which one to buy? thank you
Apr 8, 2020
uw_g
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Feb 10, 2020
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Got it directly from the producer (Audirect). So far I am not impressed. It sounds good and seems suitable for not too sensitive mid impedance iems and low to mid impedance full size headphones. However, for headphones like Sennheiser HD600/650/800 or ZMF Atticus/Eikon with higher to high impedances there is not much headroom on the iPhone 6s Plus and the 11 Pro Max. With 100% volume said phones are listenable but don't really get enough power. And this is in balanced mode where the output is higher. The single ended Hidizs S8 has higher out than the Beam 2 in balanced mode. Disappointing. OTOH very sensitive iems like CA Andromeda have hearable hiss on the Beam 2 as soon as the source provides a signal. When the source signal is switched off or set to pause the noise floor on the Andro goes away in Spotify after 3 s or so (in Tidal it seems to take a bit longer). Moreover, there are pretty loud crackling noises on the Andromeda when switching a song in Spotify on the iPhone (funny enough not everytime but regularly). This makes such sensitive inears near unusable. Even with high impepance full size headphones pretty loud cracks occur sometimes when switching songs in Spotify on the iPhone. With Samsung S10 5G there is a bit more power than on the iPhone. This way the Beam 2 can drive an Atticus to loud enough levels in balanced mode. And the crackling noise when switching songs seems to be a bit weaker, even with the Andromeda. Edit: After applying the new firmware (0125) the noise when switching songs seems to have been reduced to mostly unproblematic levels. The noise floor problem however is still present. And there is noise even when there is no source signal at all, stemming from the GSM functionality. Only the flight mode brings it down to near zero.
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Feb 10, 2020
RawR_Panda
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Feb 5, 2020
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Any else using an iPhone with this and getting weird popping noises, every like 20 seconds or so, from streaming services like Amazon HD / Tidal HiFi?
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Feb 5, 2020
uw_g
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Feb 10, 2020
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No such noises in Tidal and Spotify. Sry, can't say anything about Amazon HD. There is, however, a noise floor on low impedance iems like CA Andromeda. It starts as soon there is a signal from the source and ends about 3 secs after the signal has ceased. Not good.
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Feb 10, 2020
chunkstile
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Jan 28, 2020
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This looks like BS. Where is pictures of ports, info about power supply? I thought this site was for things that actually exist.
Jan 28, 2020
derek.lob
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Jan 30, 2020
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the performance maybe not really excellent but the product is legitimate. i got mine last week and it works ok. so did @Fayne who also posted a review. i took a quick snapshot on the headphone ports for your reference.
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Jan 30, 2020
derek.lob
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Jan 20, 2020
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in the anticipation of omission of headphone jack in phones soon, i wish to have a small usb-c to headphone jack adapter to go light. the beam got mixed review but it's seldom that such a small adapter provided both 3.5mm trs and 2.5mm balanced, so i went for this drop anyway. the added benefit of MQA for my tidal subscription also seems quite appealing. today, i got a small package from a local courier from the mainland china. I opened up and was shocked to find the beam 2! i was very excited and promptly opened it up, only then i was shocked to find that there's no usb cables or any manual at all inside! [edited: i googled and found in some chinese forum that the manufacturer did not provide any manual for the BEAM2!) i took out my own usb A to C cable to try it on my computer. win10 recognized it as a usb2 sound device without installing additional driver. i then chose to run BEAM2 in 32bit, 384kHz (from 48kHz) and the logo turned blue (from red) indicating it running at hires or DSD sources. i tried mqa titles in tidal but there's no further color change o it seems I'm not getting mqa enabled yet. i'll try to play with the setting to see if i can get it working . . . 1st impression - there's no control whatsoever on the BEAM2. you have to rely entirely on your host device to control. the power is really ample - i've to turn the vol down to 9 out of 100 in win10 to use my drop x empire ears zeus at reasonable listening level, same for my campfire solaris. with my drop x noble k10ua running balance, i run the vol at 15. at such low vol setting, i can only heard a very tiny bit of hiss from my zeus and the solaris. k10ua has no detectable hiss. the device remembers the vol setting even i unplug and replug in to my computer but it ran quite warm just after 30mins. i've contacted DROP for the missing cables, i hope they could send me the missing accessories swiftly so that i could start to try it on my phone :(
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Jan 20, 2020
audirect
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Jan 30, 2020
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Please email: woodliu@audirect.cc
Jan 30, 2020
WindowsXP
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Jan 12, 2020
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The first model wasn't very good. On iOS it went from mute to blow your eardrums out in just 2 volume steps using in ears.
Jan 12, 2020
Krogers85
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Jan 12, 2020
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I was trying to find reviews online about the first product. I appreciate the info.
Jan 12, 2020
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