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Chord Electronics Mojo 2
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From £395.00

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iFi Audio GO link
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£59.00
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Audioquest Dragonfly Cobalt DAC
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£179.95
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iFi Audio GO blu
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£199.00
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iFi Audio hip-dac 3 Hi-Res DAC/Headphone Amplifier
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£199.00
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Audioengine DAC3 Portable Headphone Amplifier & DAC
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£179.00
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iFi Audio GO Pod Wearable HD Bluetooth DAC and Headphone Amp
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£399.00
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iFi Audio GO Bar Portable USB DAC / Headphone Amplifier
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£329.00
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USB DACs

Elevate your portable audio experience with our collection of portable DACs. Designed for music enthusiasts on the go, these compact and lightweight devices provide exceptional digital-to-analogue conversion, delivering superior audio quality from your smartphone, tablet or laptop.

A portable DAC, also known as a portable digital-to-analogue converter, is a compact and portable version of a standalone hifi dac that is designed to enhance the audio quality of portable audio sources such as smartphones, tablets, laptops or portable music players. It serves as an external audio component that bypasses the built-in DAC of the portable device and provides superior digital-to-analog conversion for a more refined and immersive audio experience on the go.

Portable DACs are particularly beneficial when using high-quality headphones or earphones that demand better audio performance than what the built-in DAC of the portable device can deliver. These USB DACs are engineered to provide enhanced audio resolution, improved dynamic range, reduced distortion and greater detail in the sound reproduction. Our portable DACs are meticulously engineered to enhance the sound reproduction, offering improved clarity, detail and dynamics to your favourite music.

 

A portable DAC, short for portable digital-to-analog converter, offers the same functionality as its desktop counterparts but with added convenience for on-the-go listening. Whether you have music files stored on your phone or stream from online music services, the portable DAC takes on the crucial task of converting digital audio data into an analog format. The main benefit of a portable DAC lies in its ability to bypass the smartphone's internal audio processing, which often falls short in terms of quality, offering a convenient way to enjoy your music without the need for cumbersome audio equipment.

While it's not an absolute necessity, there are compelling reasons to consider getting a portable DAC. Your laptop, phone or music player already contains an integrated DAC but these may not deliver the best audio quality, even in high end devices. This is where a portable DAC comes into play, offering a straightforward solution for enjoying superior sound while still using your smartphone as the music player.

By using a portable DAC, the music you listen to through your headphones takes a detour around the built-in converter in your device and is processed by the standalone DAC instead. The result is a noticeable improvement in audio quality. The sound becomes crisper, clearer, more dynamic, and simply better compared to relying on the typically inexpensive DAC chip found in your phone, tablet, or laptop. In addition, a portable audio DAC can be a valuable accessory if you need to connect wired headphones to a smartphone that lacks a mini-jack output, which is increasingly the case.