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Opus #3 Digital Audio Player

Opus #3 Digital Audio Player

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High-End Portable Music Player

Boasting all the features one could want from a modern digital audio player, the Opus #3 has a well-regarded Burr-Brown PCM1792A DAC chip, an ARM Cortex-A9 1.4GHz quad-core CPU, and 1 GB of DDR3. That means it can handle running Android with ease, and the inclusion of Wi-Fi capability allows you to use streaming applications like Spotify and Tidal. As a streaming device, the Opus #3 provides DLNA functionality to share high-quality sound sources with a variety of devices that support DLNA over the network. It has 64 gigabytes of internal memory, and you can add an external memory card for up to 256 gigabytes. A 2.5-millimeter balanced out and a standard 3.5-millimeter jack complete the package.

Sound Impressions

In a five-star review on Head-Fi, Dobrescu George says, "Opus #3 is a high-end DAP that features a natural and rich sound, a deep bass with amazing impact, and a sparkly top end, along with an airy presentation, a great resolution for its textures, and amazing detail retrieval."


  • Opus
  • Temperature aluminum body with metal volume wheel
  • Native DSD playback (X-MOS included)
  • 24 bit / 192 kHz high-resolution sound
  • 4 in (10.2 cm) IPS panel touch display
  • Burr-Brown PCM1792A DAC chip
  • ARM Cortex-A9 1.4 GHz, quad-core CPU and DDR3 1GB
  • Internal memory: 64 GB
  • External micro-SD card: Up to 256 GB
  • Wi-Fi: 801.11 b/g/n (2.4 GHz)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 (A2DP, AVRCP)
  • Ultra-power-saving mode
  • Supports third-party streaming applications


  • Leather case
  • Spare screen protector
  • USB cable
  • User manual


All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.

Estimated ship date is Feb 5, 2019 PT.

After the drop ends, payment will be collected and the group’s order will be submitted to the vendor up front, making all sales final. Check the discussion page for updates on your order.

Recent Activity

I’m just going to add my reasons why I want a DAP in general, may not reflect the use case or desires of others (seems like the OP already made up his/her mind). •Convergence vs Purpose-Designed. I have a smartphone, yet I still wear a wristwatch; I like a DAP for many of the same reasons. •I get to use the phone I want (iPhone) •Storage separate from my phone (and expandable where my iPhone is not). •Battery runtime separate from my phone (I sometimes travel to foreign countries without the correct wall adapter, or limited access to charging). •Music separate from notifications!!! •Phone connecting to a car with Bluetooth is horrible (bad mic, interruptions, volume disparity between music and notifications, if my phone auto connects when the car is on but the radio is off I won’t hear any notifications), much nicer to connect a dedicated device or media. •Amp/DAC quality without stacking (better components, particularly amps and capacitors, require more physical space than phone designers are willing to make). •User interface... sometimes better than Spotify/TIDAL/Apple Music. This would include physical buttons or dials for blind use or tactile pleasure. •Broad file compatibility. •Sharing Music: If I’m at a show, or a friend asks to listen, I want them to see my music but not all my contacts, notifications, emails, games, etc. •Output/connection options. Balanced? Line-out? Coax? This lets me or others hear my own music files even if there’s a piece missing at a friend’s house or event, and allow quick A/B comparisons to a piece of gear I am familiar with. •Pleasure of ownership (highly subjective, but... pleasure is what music is all about, right?). Now, a smartphone can be adapted or chosen to mitigate some of these factors, but then you’d deal with dongles, cables, batteries, and there would be a setup/settings which would be best for music enjoyment and then a different setup for all the rest of the time. And not even the LG V30 can ever be as optimized as a great DAP. Now, I realize some people don’t listen to music often or only in situations where the quality is compromised anyway, but I listen enough that it’s worth it to me. LDAC has a maximum theoretical resolution (990 kbps) at nearly-CD quality, but the bit rate drops down if there is a need for range or overcoming interference. I believe Bluetooth can be better these days than most people give it credit for, but it’s still not a solution 100% of the time (example, almost every game has audible lag between screen and sound, also I play a very popular game on my iPad that can’t perform game audio and chat audio over Bluetooth at the same time).