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CEntrance DACport Slim - Massdrop Exclusive

CEntrance DACport Slim - Massdrop Exclusive

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I have one for sale at lallens@outlook.com
Hi. Is Win10 driver out for dacport hd yet?
Slim's older, more powerful brother, DACport HD is currently dropping. You get 384 kHz resolution, DSD support and more output power to handle hungry cans -- in the same, handheld package:
https://www.massdrop.com/buy/centrance-dacport-hd#description
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We've made some structural improvements in the HD that make it more rugged and robust, so it will last longer, too!
I am happy Slim owner as well... driving my HD6XX I have hard time noticing differences between Slim and Pro-Ject S2 Digital DAC
I don't think this is coming back. I wanted this to be my first DAC/amp purchase but it's been while since the last drop and the Slim isn't listed on Centrance's product page. It was there about a month ago but it's been removed.
Just a little heads up, since I see these questions get asked a lot.
The DAC works fine with my phone (LG G6) and previous phone (Samsung S5), ans of course my PCs with Windows 10. I use both Usb-C ans Usb-B ports.
I use the DAC alone with Pioneer M531 (32 Ohms, I believe) and Sennheisee HD 600 (300 Ohms). Both work fine. I do not even need to switch to high gain for sufficient volume.
Living in Norway, I had to pay customs, though. Still worth it!
I made my purchase around end of year 2015. The headphone jack crapped out today. This seems like a common issue. No matter what angle I try, it won't make full contact with the connector. I will try emailing support but I doubt I am still covered by any warranty. But anyway it has served me well while it lasted.
We have released our driver, v8.0.1. You can download it here: https://centrance.com/downloads/ud/. DACport Slim is now fully supported in Win10, including ASIO. :-) Enjoy!
CEntrance_Dave
Thank you for the good news. Can you please let us know when this drop becomes available? I really need it very much. Bought HD6XX and was hoping to get a portable AMP/DAC.
Can someone please let us know when this drop could be available?
Has anyone received a slim that has a short in it? I got mine when Massdrop was having the sale on several ready to order items so I bought it, and a month or so ago it started to not show up on my computer if i moved it the slightest, and id have to re plug stuff and hope that they get that 'sweet spot' where it actually connects. I tried different cables, usb ports, and it all seems to point at the device itself. I'd rather not just have something sitting on my desk that i can't use consistently
TristanWilliamJamesVanBuskirk
I've had the issue where barely touching the headphone port causes it to go silent. I emailed support about it.
TristanWilliamJamesVanBuskirk
Yeah I'd recommend emailing their support. The CEO (!) got me an RMA approval in less than two hours.
Regarding Windows 10 driver, an important heads-up. Microsoft added USB 2.0 audio support (after 11 years!) about a year ago via the Win10 Creators Update, which means Slim works out-of-the-box with Windows 10! :-) So, you don't need to install our driver, and if you did, just uninstall it. Meanwhile, we are making important updates to our driver in the realm of ASIO. For those who prefer ASIO playback, we are working to resolve a sample rate bug.
If you'd like to beta test our driver, you can join at info .at. centrance.com. You won't need to disable secure boot. If you have questions about the driver and/or beta testing, we welcome and invite you to email us. Thanks!
Just to inform that @CEntrance has provided a 7.9.10 beta version for testing on 21/12 to a group of people who volunteered to do so (myself among them). From my side the test was fine: there were no issues encountered neither during installation nor during playback. My DACport Slim now works fine in Windows 10 :) Just my 2 cents. Other people may had different results.
I got my DACport Slim a little while ago. It works fine but sometimes i get this weird brief buzzing sound whenever I open anything in the windows task bar, or even occasionally. Is there a way to fix this? It's bearable as it doesn't happen that often, but it gets noticeably annoying after long usages.
I really want this so bad. When can the next drop be available please please please?
Windows 10 is over 2 and a half years old and there still isn't a stable windows 10 driver. The beta requires you to disable windows security features and isn't really feasible for some setups. CEntrance keeps promising that a proper driver is right around the corner, but the date keeps slipping and the driver never arrives. If you're a windows user and you can return your purchase, then you probably should.
Dan9898
I completely agree, I thought there was something wrong with my computer or Centrance device until I went to device manager saying the device driver was incomplete. Piece of shit company, can't even make a decent driver for windows 10
Have these started shipping yet? Headphone jack on my laptop died, so I would like to get this ASAP.
programmer23
Will we be notified when shipped?
programmer23
I still haven't received any shipping notification. Has anyone received one?
Would this DAC be suitable for a Sennheiser HD 650?
womb_raider
Yes, from our experience a lot of customers use this combo.
Sooo, This, or the dragonfly Red? (I can get red for around 100)
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It drains a bits of power from my phone, but I rarely listen to music for more than 3 hours straight using headphone. I read other people's comment before I purchased the Slim, and I know somes had problem. I can only speak from my experience that I have no problem so far.
Same here. Using an LG G6.
Is there a firmware fix in the works for the problem of having to unplug-replug the DACport when the source computer goes to sleep? I use mine with an iMac and have to physically re-connect the DACport several times a day. Other than that annoyance, good product.
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Banetbob
Just as follow up, we received your email and are working to help.
Banetbob
I have this problem all the time, both on Windows and MacOS. It sucks!
Is the dacport slim supposed to work with PS4? I bought the dac based on the following comment: https://www.massdrop.com/buy/centrance-dacport-slim-amp-dac-combo/talk/1839244 , however at least in my case PS4 doesn't detect the dac at all.
Is there any way to use the product at least somehow without installing Centrance universal drivers? I have a windows 10 laptop with TPM installed and BitLocker activated and can't change any boot settings to disable signature enforcement check. Without any driver installed my DACport Slim is not recognized by the OS making the product unusable.
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Testing as we speak -- long holidays have slowed the process down, but we should be on track to release in December.
CEntrance
Such a joke, so called "company" can't even make a windows 10 driver for the device that I have to manually disable signature enforcement just to use this device. Fucking joke
I bought the CEntrance DACport Slim in a previous drop with the intention to use it with my Win7 laptop. The outcome was nothing less than spectacular. I fell in love with this tiny wonder: it had the warmth of a Class A amp and the clarity of a good DAC. But now I have a new laptop with Win10 and CEntrance has still a beta driver version for Win10. dating -still- back to August 2016. As a result my DACport Slim is not recognized by the laptop. They have a page with instructions (https://www.centrance.com/downloads/ud/ud-instructions.shtml) but these steps a) did not work (I tried installing and uninstalling two-three times) and b) do not remove all traces of the driver from the laptop (for example, certain registry entries remain).
@CEntrance , please release a stable version of the driver, this is a great product, it's a pity to not be fully supported.
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Just tried to use my new Massdrop CEntrance Slim DAC out of box for the first time on a new W10 computer. Headed over to Centrance web site. Installed beta driver, but Windows refuses to load it due to still missing certification and signing by Microsoft. Wasted $$$ on product I can not use!
Centrance: Those "any days" seems to be long gone now.
What is the current status with your driver certfication process with Microsoft?
Please give information back to commnity and customers so we know if we should scrap product and toss it in the bin, or if you have any (real) plan in progress to solve this?
Thanks.
martinot
Hey there. I acknowledge I missed my estimate. We sent to several beta testers and discovered that the driver didn't process one of the sampling rates properly. We are fixing it now. I really hope to have something next week. Fingers crossed...
Will this work with my Ipad Air or my Iphone 6s ? I have great headphones...
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What are people talking about when they mention the low sound floor making hissing noises? Shouldn't this dac/amp be able to drive highly-sensitive IEMs well because of its low output impedance (1 ohm)?
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I guarantee you zero people are lowering the PC level volume, lol. That's a great way to twist his question. These people are experiencing audible noise floor when the source is maxed, because the noisefloor is noticeable with super sensitive equipment. Please don't give out answers where you create assumed/false contest.
Uzuzu
There are two questions here:
1) Is there a noise floor? and 2) How to minimize it?
Theoretically, there is always a noise floor present, no matter what equipment you talk about -- ours, or someone else's. In practice, whether you hear this noise floor or not depends on a lot of things, such as your headphones (balanced armatures are most sensitive, overheads are not as bad), the amount of background noise (a quiet room will be most revealing, a moving train, the least) and any background noise in the recording itself. Some recordings have a surprising amount of background noise heard during quiet passages. When you hit "pause", the noise from the recording disappears and at that point you may or may not hear the noise generated in your equipment.
While we go to great lengths to minimize the residual noise in our products, it's up to the people to say whether they hear it or not. As you noticed, I'm not influencing that argument. But correct gain structure is always important, no matter whose gear you use. This equally applies to our competitors. Sadly, based on the amount of calls and emails we take on the subject, correct gain structure is not obvious to everyone and as evidenced by Papieur's comment, my explanation was useful to him. Yes, unfortunately, we see people mess up gain structures, unknowingly, quite often. And then they complain about too much noise and when we explain the procedure, they thank us.
And to your point -- even though I myself know the "correct procedure" I actually use the PC volume fader sometimes when I can't reach for the DACport's volume control knob (it's somewhat out of reach on my desk). I know it's not ideal, but sometimes its just more convenient, because the mouse is already in my hand and I just need to bring the volume down because the phone rang, or something. The important thing is to know what's correct in theory, then you decide for yourself what you do in practice, based on the circumstances.
Now that the theory is out of the way, you can share if you heard the background noise, what headphones you used, other conditions, etc. I'm sure it will be useful to people.
Can anyone explain the full purpose/use of this item? I heard these can help music sound crisp, but other than that I’m not sure if there’s more I’m missing out on.
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Thank you all for the explanation! :)
Thank you, sir!
Excellent little device. I'm selling mine in like-new condition for $70, if anyone's interested.
https://www.reddit.com/r/AVexchange/comments/7aua3j/usacah_x00_ebony_lz_a4_dacport_slim_aurvana_live/
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I can take it for 50 dollars if you can. I live in Canada so there is shipping cost for me.
ADM996
Interested and sent a PM on Reddit!
Im new to this type of tec. But im looking for an sound boost for my S7 EDGE cell phone to make my music and audiobooks louder. I have good earbuds or headphones. But im not sure what would work well for me. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
Frogface
I just received this CEntrance DACport Slim and it works well with all my computers and my Samsung S7 edge phone. To use this DAC-AMP with your phone, you have to buy another micro usb otg cable. It will definitely increase the volume of your phone and computer. So far It sounds amazing .
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Jonathan-Le
Wow, thank you Jonathan, thats what i was looking for. A big help, thanks
@CEntrance I had some trouble playing some 24-bit 48kHz flac files with the built-in Windows 10 drivers and WASAPI in foobar2k (playback stutters continuously). I thought to try to install the Centrance Universal Driver (since I could play those same flac files without issue on another Windows 10 laptop that has the Centrance drivers installed), but on this Windows 10 computer, the Centrance drivers don't install properly. It shows up in the Windows Device Manager as, "Windows cannot verify the digital signature for the drivers required for this device. A recent hardware or software change might have installed a file that is signed incorrectly or damaged, or that might be malicious software from an unknown source. (Code 52)." I checked the version of the drivers I installed and they are the exact same as the other Windows 10 machine. The only difference I can think of is that this new Windows 10 computer has the latest Fall Creator's update whereas the other one doesn't. Do you have any suggestions?
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ashzs
On win 10 you have to temporarily disable windows driver signature enforcement (google for detailed instructions) before you can install an unsigned driver. It's quite easy to do it though. Once that is done the driver should install with no issues.
pae77
Thanks for the tip. In my case, I wasn't having trouble installing the driver - it would install, but Windows wouldn't use it. I could temporarily get it to work by using the advanced boot options to ignore driver signing, but the next time the machine reboots, it would deactivate the driver again. CEntrance did inform me that they are still planning on having a fully working Windows 10 driver (I think the one I was using was still marked as beta), so I'll continue to use the built-in Windows 10 drivers for the time being till then.
Just joined the drop. Will CEntrance DACport Slim drive the Sennheiser HD6XX well?
Who do I get in touch with for return/repair if the jack seems a bit loose and only outputs to the right channel? It should be still under warranty given I purchased it a few weeks ago.
PastafarianLemur
Email info at CEntrance dot com.
I bought CEntrance DACport Slim mainly for use with my iPad Pro. I read description thought it will work with no problem with iOS system. But I got my DACport Slim today, tried and found it doesn't work. What a disappointment. Is there any way to make it work? firmware update or something else?
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Hey, I just got my HD6xx. And i put in an order for the Dragonfly red too! :)) will be getting that first thing next week. Thanks for your help! Can't wait
jotante
Great! And if one day you wish to upgrade to a higher power amp, you may still use the DFR as an excellent DAC if you use it in DAC mode... The DFR+HD6xx is an excellent combo. I now have a desktop headphone amp but I still use my DFR as a portable solution even when i’m lying on the couch with my HD6xx in the living room with my iPad or when I use my Macbook Pro. It’s great. Be happy!