If you've recently purchased your first pair of nice headphones, but haven't been ready to jump right into the world of amplifiers and digital analog converters (DAC), then you've come to the right starting place. Monoprice is legendary for putting out products with excellent price / performance ratios, and this is their first headphone Amp / DAC combo. This is the perfect opportunity to learn what your headphones are really capable of.
These are some of the best statistics on any entry level Amp / DAC around. The Texas Instruments DAC chip inside handles audio conversion up to 96 kHz and 24bit, letting you play lossless files at incredible quality. Next is the stated headphone impedance range between 16 Ohms to 600 Ohms, which means it will easily handle a huge range of quality headphones, from the AKG Q701's to the Beyerdynamic T90's.
No matter which route you go, the presentation is clear and smooth across the board, bringing you an optimized version of the original recording with no unnecessary coloring. Also featuring RCA line inputs so you can connect to a CD player or another external audio source, the Monoprice Desktop DAC/Amp delivers audiophile quality sound to- and through- a wide range of possible devices. The cherry on top of this audio sundae is that there are pre-amp and line outputs so you can use it as a pre-amp for your speakers, or just send the line to a preamp you already have. This feature is just one of those little things that sets this apart from other Amp / DAC's since it allows you to tie your whole system together without having to swap cables.
Still not convinced? We could go on about its ability to cater to every genre without a hitch, but maybe you’d rather hear it from someone else:
“[The Monoprice Desktop DAC/Amp] is a very, very nice piece of hardware and it makes my music, from Michael Buble and classical pieces to AC/DC and house music, sound great...As a whole, this product gets a sincere recommendation from me, and will be replacing my schiit stack for its dual purpose headphone and speaker qualities and just general sexiness.”
For a look into the internals of this product, check out this image gallery from a passionate early adopter.
Domestic orders will be shipped by the vendor and international orders will be shipped by Massdrop.
Estimated ship date is Feb 10, 2015 PT.
After the drop ends, payment will be collected. To deliver the best value to the group the request will then be submitted to the vendor up front, making all sales final. Be sure to check the discussion page for updates.