hiliDAC Audirect Beam 2S Portable DAC/Amp
hiliDAC Audirect Beam 2S Portable DAC/Amp
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Continuing the legacy of the original Audirect Beam by providing exceptional audio performance to listeners on the go, the hiliDAC Audirect Beam 2S kicks things up a notch with new features. Improving both audio conversion and amplification, the 2S is outfitted with an ESS9281C Pro DAC, MQA decoding and rendering, and a powerful 4.4-millimeter balanced output capable of outputting 208 milliwatts at 32 ohms Read More

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sucrosebravo
0
Oct 15, 2020
Apologies if I missed it, where is the unit made?
Victorfabius
48
Oct 15, 2020
Tpoker1975
0
Oct 15, 2020
Are you sure is full decoding MQA files?
graphiccomputers
1
Oct 15, 2020
rendering isn`t full decoding
Fayne
1562
Oct 15, 2020
It is the only one that matters, as it can't be done in software. Most all MQA supporting clients will do the initial unfold in software.
NotAFruit
18
Oct 15, 2020
Would this work well with he4xx headphones?
Fayne
1562
Oct 15, 2020
Not terribly well. You'll find that you have to turn the volume up 100% of the way to get any impact, at least judging by how the Beam 2 (not 2S) works.
Dbaker81
14
Sep 8, 2020
So is this just a 4.4mm out or is there a 3.5 as well?
talkaplan4474
125
Sep 8, 2020
The specs Drop has on this product page is wrong, it is the specs for the BEAM 2 and not the BEAM 2S. Here's a link to the right specs: https://www.hilidac.com/product-page/beam-2s-mqa-dsd-mini-dac
Hmmm this is interesting. If I was wealthier I'd buy this and the HELM amp, though this can up the DAC quality from your phone, and do a comparison. The 4.4mm "problem" can easily be fixed with an adapter, though that is an additional cost. Anyone speak to the quality of the chip into this compared to that in the V30/40/50?
Alltheheadphones
39
Oct 17, 2020
Well that's just the thing. Does the product merit consideration if you're going to forgo the use of balance. I was just merely pointing out that it is possible, and I appreciate this product is fairly new and not known by everyone
verifonix
981
Oct 18, 2020
Right. Thanks for mentioning it!
jtioch
7
Sep 6, 2020
Hi, what happens when there is an incoming phone call? Can you still make calls with this amp if headset has a microphone? Thanks!
modness
7
Oct 16, 2020
You shouldn't be using headsets with microphones on this. Although the connectors on those are TRSS as well, the circuitry is different and this might even break the amp when connected and powered.
percivalcj
0
Sep 5, 2020
Does this take power from the lightening port when the adapter is used? If so, how can it work with iPhone?
Fayne
1562
Sep 5, 2020
Yes. It takes power from the USB or Lightning. On an iPhone you're going to want a battery case if you plan to use it for extended periods of time. You can also use one of the dongles for charging while using usb accessories like https://www.apple.com/shop/product/mk0w2am/a/lightning-to-usb-3-camera-adapterer .
TheRequiem
165
Sep 5, 2020
Why on earth would they only support 4.4mm?
Fayne
1562
Oct 15, 2020
The main benefits of using balanced drive are usually higher output power to the cans, and less cross-talk between the left and right channels as there is no shared ground. Power output isn't terribly important with the 99s as they can be driven to ear blasting and brain wrecking levels of loudness from even the most anemic source. I've currently got 8 balanced amps (P20, LCX, 789, TA-20, DX7s, ES100, Beam 2, Ragnarok 2) so I made the investment purely because I could, and I rather like using my gear to its fullest. Going balanced on the cans definitely didn't make things worse, if only because the cable is higher quality than the stock.
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wofse
82
Oct 31, 2020
Crappy cables. My USB C to USB C is already broken where the cable meets the connector. Cables lack strain relief.