The Q5 is FiiO's current flagship DAC, a powerful, Hi-Res amplifier with a range of connectivity options. The Q5 uses an all aluminium alloy chassis to effectively resist electromagnetic interference....
Do your new headphones sound a little too flat or quiet? It’s not their fault – most internal amps in music devices are pretty wimpy. A dedicated DAC/Headphone Amp combo will give your headphone setup a lot of advantages over just plugging them directly into your music source. For one, you’ll avoid the radio frequency and electro-magnetic interference that you’d get from your player. No one likes hearing a buzz underneath every song. Putting the amp and DAC in its own box will also isolate the audio circuitry and clarify your sound. You’ll also get much better components that really focus on creating great sound. And you’ll be able to crank up the sound without sacrificing quality.
A DAC is a critical part of your audio chain, and you can find one that will perfectly suit your setup and how you listen. You can choose between desktop and portable models, and find one that has all the input sources and features that you need.
So which one to get? Well, we’ve got you covered with a lot of great options. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly option, take a look at the FiiO E17, which head-fi.org gives 4 ½ stars. In the middle of the price point pack, you’ll find the Audeze Deckard (yes, a la Blade Runner), praised by Headphone Guru, the-ear.net, and CNET. Or you can go all-out with the Converto from Pathos, with What Hi Fi calls “smooth luxuriously detailed and weighty sound.”
We also carry other models from Acoustic Research, Burson Audio, Fostex, Marantz, Oppo, and Pathos, so you’re sure to find the perfect match for your headphones. Let us know if you have any questions on any of our models. We’re here to help!