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This is a nice little headphone amp, easily seen by my notebook and drives my medium- impedance Beyerdynamic 880 cans very cleanly with good bottom end. You can spend a lot more on a headphone rig and get more resolution, power, balance, flexibility. But 99% of headphone users will love this. the first laptop maker that builds this circuitry into their machine will get my dollars.
I use a Schiit stack by my favorite chair with a pair of HD650s and an Airport Express grabbing uncompressed audio from the NAS, using my cellphone as a remote control. That sounds really good and so easy to set up if you already store your music on a network drive. Can’t do that for the laptop because of the lag so this little box is still needed.
The uDAC-5 sounds good with my cans, even when I plug in the Sennheisers, and considering that it isn’t all that easy to make HD650s sound right, I’d say this box is a winner for the price.