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