Best Portable Headphone DAC Amps

Whether you’re looking to get the most accurate reproduction of your digital music or get the best performance out of your headphones, portable digital to analog converters, or DAC’s for short, are just what you’re looking for! These devices can be a game changer for the width, depth, clarity and dynamics of the sound you hear out of your music playing device.

Below I’ve consolidated a list of some of the best portable DAC’s/headphone amps available on the market.

CHORD MOJO: BEST OVERALL

While you likely wont be playing audio files at 768kHz / 32 bit… Chord’s Mojo offers top-of-theline custom DAC chips featuring programmable processors. Chord is noted in the hifi world as some of the best sounding convertors available. Nothing to disappoint here.

Pros: Best sounding portable solution for your audiophile needs
Cons: The unit can get a bit hot when plugged in for extended periods of time

OPPO - HA2 SE: BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

As a more practically priced solution to your DAC needs, Oppo HA2 SE offers a sleek design with no compromise for sound quality. The design fits comfortably alongside any smart phone and you can even charge it! Additionally, its battery offers 13 hours of analog playback.

Pros: Excellent quality sound, sleek design, charging options
Cons: Unnecessary bass boost feature

AUDIOQUEST - DRAGONFLY RED: SIMPLE, QUALITY SOLUTION

Certainly the most simple and most compact DAC on the list. The Red comes in a USB “thumb drive” enclosure making it super easy to plug and play via computers. People on-the-go will need to find an adaptor, like Apple’s camera kit adaptor or Android/OTG adaptor to connect to your phone or portable music player. Also available is the Black version which has less power amplification output for roughly half the cost.

Pros: No battery to charge, simple, small, and portable
Cons: Requires adaptor for portable devices 

FIIO Q1: AFFORDABLE DAC

Certainly the most simple and most compact DAC on the list. The Red comes in a USB “thumb drive” enclosure making it super easy to plug and play via computers. People on-the-go will need to find an adaptor, like Apple’s camera kit adaptor or Android/OTG adaptor to connect to your phone or portable music player. Also available is the Black version which has less power amplification output for roughly half the cost.

Pros: No battery to charge, simple, small, and portable
Cons: Requires adaptor for portable devices