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Pro-Ject’s DAC Box E Mobile is for PCs AND smartphones

  • A USB dongle DAC/headphone amplifier compatible with both computer and smartphone? Options (that meet Apple’s low power draw requirements) are surprisingly few: the AudioQuest DragonFlys, the Cyrus Soundkey and the FiiO K1.

    This week we add another possibility to this list with the introduction of Pro-Ject’s DAC Box E Mobile that wraps an all-metal case around an (unspecified) 32bit/192kHz-capable DAC to fit in the palm of the hand, ready for connection to a smartphone or Mac/PC whose internal DACs are often found wanting on sound quality.

    Connect the DAC Box E Mobile’s USB-C port to an Android phone with the supplied OTG micro-USB terminated cable or BYO USB-C-to-USB-C OTG cable for use with a modern Android phone. Alternatively, hook Pro-Ject’s dongle DAC into an Apple iOS device (iPhone or iPad) with a Lightning Adapter that talks USB-A (also BYO).

    On analogue output, we look to the DAC Box E Mobile’s 3.5mm socket. Its output impedance isn’t (yet) specified so we know not how it will mate with low-impedance IEMs. Headphonistas playing in the middle ground with 32 Ohm-ish headphones like the Meze 99 Classics used in the promo shot below will be AOK.

    Pro-Ject’s DAC Box E Mobile will sell for €99. Your choice of silver or black.

    Further information: Pro-Ject Audio Systems

    John H. Darko

    Written by John H. Darko

    John is the editor of Darko.Audio, from whose ad revenues he derives an income. He is an occasional contributor to 6moons but has previously written pieces for TONEAudio, AudioStream and Stereophile. John used to live in Sydney. Now he lives in Berlin.

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