March 25, 2019, 9:32 am

DACs

Digital-to-analog converter is a device that converts a digital signal into an analog line-level output that can then be fed into an amplifier to drive.

SMSL IQ DAC/Amplifier

SMSL IQ DAC/Amplifier Review

Apple started the trend of removing the headphone jack in 2016 starting with the iPhone 7. Since then many Android device manufacturers have jumped on the bandwagon, ditching the 3.5mm headphone...
Audirect Whistle DAC/Amplifier

Audirect Whistle DAC/Amplifier Review

As shared in an earlier commentary, Evolution of the 3.5mm jack. It has been more than a year since Apple announced that the iPhone 7 would arrive sans the 3.5mm jack...
Audirect Beam

Audirect Beam DAC/Amplifier Review

Having reviewed the Audirect’s Whistle earlier in the year, the company is not an unfamiliar name to the readers of Porta-Fi. Based in Shenzhen, China, the Chinese company has been engaging in...
FiiO Q1 Mark 2

FiiO Q1 Mark 2 DAC/Amplifier Review

Apple’s closed-source iOS system, coupled with its decision to remove the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 in 2016 has made it challenging to play hi-res audio files on the iPhone. While...
FiiO Q5 DAC/Amplifier

FiiO Q5 DAC/Amplifier Review

Conceptualised in May 2015 as the company's flagship Portable DAC/Amplifier, the FiiO Q5 was originally named FiiO E19 to reflect its positioning over the FiiO E17. Eventually named FiiO Q5, the...