Building upon the legacy of the original
DACport, we offer two new models featuring modern technology,
improved sound quality, and a smaller package. DACport
Slim and DACport HD are reference-quality portable listening
devices. And they are amazingly revealing. The sound
quality is so awesome, you will hear detail in your
music you never thought was there.
Both models feature a Stereo Digital
to Analog Converter and a Class-A Headphone Amplifier
with digital volume control. DACport Slim tops out at
192kHz, while HD takes it up a notch, delivering full
384kHz resolution, and DSD, so you can play any high-resolution
files. Also, DACport HD offers a higher output level
and can drive more headphones.
With DACport Slim and DACport HD, CEntrance
redefines the portable USB DAC. Again.
Make your audiophile experience portable.
Listen to pristine-quality playback anywhere at
a coffee shop, at work, or on a tripno need to
sacrifice sound quality for portability. With plug 'n
play operation on Mac and Linux, and a driver available
for Windows, both products pack a lot of features into
the lighter-sized, anodized aluminum chassis, setting
new standards in portability, convenience and sound
By special arrangement, DACport Slim
is available only at Massdrop.com. DACport HD is available
Audiophile-grade AK4490 D/A converter
plays HD music with bit-perfect accuracy.
Amp designed for listening without
fatigue, offers clarity, soundstage and detail.
Ergonomic, side-mounted rotary volume control
for single-handed adjustment.
Volume control with perfect tracking,
so your L/R channels are always in balance.
Plug 'n play operation with Mac
and Linux. Driver available for Windows.
No power adapter or batteriesboth
products use USB power from your laptop.
Aircraft aluminum chassis, anodized
for extra scratch protection and durability.
1/8-inch headphone jack drives
the most advanced headphones on the market.
This is what Stereophile wrote
about the original DACport. Wait until you hear
Windows may downgrade 24-bit audio files
to 16-bits, adding noise. DACport is a 24-bit device, ensuring
that Windows sends it audio with no changes, "bit-for-bit",
at all supported sample rates.
The art of digital-to-audio conversion is
in the quality of the clock. CEntrance's clock management
system uses military spec clock oscillators with 10ppm precision.
Capacitors introduce distortion. DACport's
Class-A audio circuit is direct-coupled (capacitor-free),
maintaining audiophile quality all the way to the line output
or to the headphones.
DACport's advanced, low-distortion Class-A
amplifier circuit runs on super-clean 18V rails (±9V,
bipolar supply). Higher voltage means more headroom and more
output power to drive any headphones.
Our products are sold all over the world
and we go to great lengths to ensure compliance with international
regulations. DACport is RoHS, FCC and CE-compliant, which
ensures safety and protects our environment.
DACport Slim and DACport HD are designed
and assembled by CEntrance in USA from components sourced
from around the world. When you purchase our products you
are bringing manufacturing jobs back to America. Thank you
for your support!
Any computer running Mac, PC, Linux. Driver is available
Dynamic Range (Slim)
109 dB, re +11.5dBu, max gain
Dynamic Range (HD)
112 dB, re +14.5dBu, max gain
0.003% (FS, 1kHz)
0.002% (FS, 1kHz)
7 µV RMS (A-weight), max gain
Stereo 3.5mm (1/8") jack, headphone or line output
Direct Class-A, no caps in the signal path
Max Level (Slim)
2.9 V rms / +11.5 dBu
Max Level (HD)
4.1 V rms / +14.5 dBu
Output Power (Slim)
450mW (total), drives 600 Ohm headphones
Output Power (HD)
775mW (total), drives 600 Ohm headphones
USB bus (no external power supply needed)
Internal power supplies
±9V, dual, super-clean analog rails
3" (7.6cm) L, 1.1" (2.9cm) W, 0.4" (1.1cm)
2.5 ounces (72 grams)
Reviews for DACport Classic
The device was extremely
easy to install, plug-n-play on a work computer
where there are normally issues. -- And it sounds
wonderful! - Steve S., Australia
"I'm very happy with
the DACport, my MacBook pro and the Grado PS1000
:) They sound amazing !!!" - Nicolas L.,
"I found it expecially
good for songs with acoustic guitars in them,
which is perfect for my taste." - Stefano
"I am listening to
my DACport with my SENNHEISER HD800. I'm very
happy with its sound!" - Masashi K., Japan
"I was impressed by
the sea of details that DACport delivers. Not
only the DAC resolution is good but the DACport
is very quiet amp and the background is pure black
localization is also nice, music instruments are
clearly separated and placed at the right position."
- Sasaki Y., Japan
I spent whole evening listening
to DACport sound and I must say that DACport really
is amazingly revealing! I'm very satisfied and
impressed! - Arturs J., Latvia
"Without a doubt, DACport
is more resolving, dynamic, and extended on both
frequency extremes." - Head-Fi.org
"My wife tried my first
DACport using Sennheiser HD600 headphones, and
liked it a lot. So I'm buying her one also. The
sound is very clean (high SNR, low distortion)
- pretty impressive for a portable USB DAC/amp."
"I received my DACport today,
and listening to it as Im typing this, with
a smile on my face. Clarity is amazing; I can
hear very small details... also really like the
design. The cylinder-shaped case makes it easy
to carry and store. The brushed-aluminum looks
very nice." - early customer, USA
Detail retrieval and sense of
space are top notch
"There are few reasons to
not go for the DACport. It is plug-and-play via
USB, does not require an external power source, and
is compatible with all major operating systems (PC,
Mac, and Linux). DACport shines when it comes
to sound quality. Packed within the unique-looking capsule
is a slightly warm sound. Detail retrieval and sense
of space are top notch. In terms of tonality it is slightly
warm of neutral."
The Portable Audiophile DAC
CEntrance DACport LX
"I found the overall tonal
signature to be very balanced... If you call your computer
or laptop the place where music comes from
and are looking for a USB-powered one-stop shop for
digital to analog conversion to apply to your favorite
headphone amp, then you owe it to yourself to check
out the DACport LX by CEntrance. Its clarity and black
backdrop make it a top performer in this price range."
CEntrance DACport: WorldClass
"Our mind is made up: we're
listening through the DACport. This is a dense, lovely,
totally portable unit that doesn't need drivers and
works equally well at home or on the go. There's no
jitter to annoy or irritate you over time, and the details
are impeccable this is a dead-simple option, without
any complicated features."
- Greg May
DACport LX- A New Reference in
Cost-Conscious D to A Conversion.
"If you're looking for a
remarkably good-sounding USB DAC at a more than reasonable
price, I'd look no further than the DACport LX. People
are right... this thing's the bomb!
- Tom Gibbs
"My Mac connects to studio monitors,
and the difference using DACport compared to the internal
audio is a revelation. If you have the bucks, this is
the ticket to audiophile computer playback."
- Craig Anderton
"I wholeheartedly recommend CEntrances
DACport: A great-sounding product at a great price!
Its clean, grain-free presentation with airy high frequencies
provided me with hours of fatigue-free headphone listening.
The CEntrance DACport demonstrates superb audio engineering
in both the digital and analog domains."
- John Atkinson
We are proud that DACport won Stereophile
Magazine prestigious nomination for Product of the Year
runner up in total of three categories:
- Headphone Product of the Year
- Joint Computer Product of the Year
- Joint Budget Product of the Year
- Stephen Mejias
"The CEntrance DACport LX seems
to fly in the face of audiophile tradition and expectation.
It is not overly large or heavy. It doesn't have a half-inch
thick, brushed aluminum faceplate or rare, exotic materials.
It doesn't possess any mysterious newfangled take on
the world of physics. It doesn't have a power supply
big enough to operate industrial power tools. What it
does have, based on a couple months of daily listening,
is some solid, sound engineering. In other words, this
little thing works, and works well."
- Steve Lefkowicz
"A very handy playback system
for anyone who needs to travel light without compromising
audio quality and it could also be a perfect
replacement for an audio interface for the musician
who prefers to work totally in the box."
- Martin Walker
"DACport manages to sound like
a much more expensive product than it actually is. DACport's
class A amp offers sonic refinement that is a gift that
keeps on giving, delivering a precise, suave and sophisticated
sound that will appeal to many listeners."
- Chris Martens
"I was literally floored when
I put on my Sony MDR-7509's and listened to a track.
Detail, depth, space... There were all the details I
loved in the music, down to instrument string noise
and vocal rasp at the end of some of the words and the
tails on the reverbs that lasted until they decayed...
For music listening alone, this is a huge leap up...
I would say unreservedly, buy this and match it with
your best headphones and retire to a dark room to listen
in bliss... If you mix or master on headphones exclusively,
I give it another "must-have" rating."
- Mark Kondracki
"DACport is a moveable feast...
Assuming an excellent set of headphones is on hand to
make the most of its skills, the DACport provides a
thrillingly audiophile all-in-one file-to-phones solution
with the astounding additional gift of easy use on the
"I was instantly struck by
the amount of level available real enthusiasm
and a surprising amount of detail. CEntrance DACport
can be considered a fine package, especially when it's
build quality, ease of setup and use is considered
an interesting concept that is very well executed."
"DACport sounded far better than
any of the portable headphone amps."
- John Sunier
"The DACport (as a DAC/amp)
beats ALL the portable DAC/amps that I have had come
through here for review, but some by a larger margin
than others.... The DACport bass and treble extension
are very good, while the mids are full and rich without
becoming forward. Overall I find it to sound very balanced
and refined. I liked it right out of the box and only
felt it open up slightly and smooth out a little with
a few hours."
- Larry Ganz
"The resolution and detail offered
with the DACport was nothing short of amazing with good
source material. The DACport had the ability to reproduce
intricate instrument characteristics not found with
mainstream D/A converters.... We can easily recommend
the DACport to customers wanting the best performance
from a portable DAC."
- Kevin Nakano
We are proud to have won this prestigious
award from the Australian Sound and Image magazine,
which singled out our DACport, naming it "Highly
Commended for 2011"
CEntrance certainly did
their homework and the DACport is exactly what the company
says. Comparison was made with a [DAC] that costs many
times more (and weighs much more) and I think it says
a lot for the little cigar shape!
- HT Staff
DACport is something
of a no-brainer. Its easy to use, sounds like
it should be far, far more expensive, can drive difficult
headphones with relative ease, is portable enough to
use almost anywhere. DACport can form the backbone of
a fantastic sounding, budget-friendly system. If youre
an audiophile with a computer, you want one.
- Aaron Marshall
"The DAC and the headphone amp
are quite good - even compared to more expensive separates.
No AC plugs, no batteries. Just plug it in to the computer,
and sit back and listen. I never take my Apple laptop
anywhere without it. A Stellar Sound Award for
- John Gatsky
Reviews for DACport Slim and HD
"Overall the DACport
HD is very neutral, clean and clear, and lets a
lot of information through. If neutrality is your
thing, go for it. It`s really amazing for prize
and size." - Geraffe (Head-Fi)
"I received my DACport
HD and I have to say it's a really handy little
device. It has greatly improved my audio experience
and nicely drives my 600 Ohm DT990s. The fact
that it's so portable is great as well. Overall,
I'm very pleased with my purchase and I can definitely
see myself doing business with you guys over at
CEntrance again in the future." - Steele
"I just tried my DACport
Slim for the first time today, and all I have
to say is: YES! I knew my onboard audio was pretty
bad before, but this is a new level. I am driving
my Fidelio X2 headphones and it works like a charm
on low gain (even though it does get slightly
warm to the touch, but not hot). I had no problems
with the drivers either. I installed them, set
the DACport as my standard unit for my sound and
off we went." - Massdrop customer
"I received my Dacport
Slim today and have been listening to it for about
2 hours with about 8 hours of burn in. This DAC
is excellent even ignoring the price. For the
price, I think there is no other DAC that is even
close to it. I had the Geekout 1000 before and
I like DACport Slim better. This is how good it
is. It has good amount of detail and smooth from
bottom to top. These qualities are hard to find
in a good DAC under $300. They are usually lean
and a bit bright. What impressed me most is the
soundstage, imaging and dynamics. I believe this
belongs to mid range DAC class which usually cost
at least $300. DACS like dragonfly 1.2, Fiio E18
and even Schitt Modi are not even close.."
- Massdrop customer
"I must say, [DACport
Slim] sounds great. I'm using Beyerdynamic dt880
250 Ohms and Alpha Dog Pros. Very crisp, zero
noise, great soundstage and beautifully clear.
It's amazing the sound quality that you get for
the price. It really shines with electronic music
but has sounded great with anything I've thrown
at it really. There's enough power for me even
when set to low gain using either headphones.
Overall I'm very happy with the purchase."
- Massdrop customer
"I never expected so
much improvement in quality for 100 dollars. Thank
you Centrance!" - Massdrop customer
"Been using my Slim
for about a week now: The sound when playing Apple
Lossless files is outstanding. This DACport is
quiet, clean and very neutral. What goes in is
what comes out. The proverbial "straight
Wire with gain". The corner mounted volume
control tracks better than 90% of the volume pots
I've had on audio equipment dating back to the
60's, especially at lower levels. An absolute
steal at $99.00." - Inabit, Massdrop
"[DACport Slim] is
an amazing little device. Music sounds fantastic
through it, adding fullness to both the midrange
and low end. I have several headphone amps and
this is easily my favorite." - Pachoo5,
"Got my DACport Slim
today. Plugged it in, plugged in my Sennheiser
momentums with the gain set to low, and it sounds...
fantastic. I know the momentums aren't the best,
but i think my laptop's DAC was just that bad.
everything sounds.. smoother? more detailed? less
peaky? my laptop's DAC might have been picking
up interference." - Tman450, Massdrop
"Received it and it
works well... With gain switch to High, it drove
my 250 Ohm cans with no problem, and headroom
to spare. Not bad for $100!" - mesaone,
"Just unpacked my CEntrance
DACport Slim. Plugged into iMac, which found it
immediately and assigned it as the output device.
Jacked in, opened iTunes, and played Keith Jarrett
"Tribute," a lossless AAC rip from CD.
The piano solo on the superlative "All the
things you are" included details I've never
heard before. And during the quiet passages on
"It's easy to remember," I could hear
the felt dampers brush against the strings of
the piano-brought tears to my eyes. This is a
truly fine DAC-amp that has improved my listening
experience. Thanks to the audiophile group for
setting this one up!" - mauiboy, Massdrop
"Just got my Slim today.
It's working great so far and I'm impressed by
the sound. It .. sounds a bit better than my GO450...a
bit more full sounding with deeper bass and slightly
less thin, with better instrument separation."
- Rodmunch, Massdrop customer
received my DACport Slim, it installed in minutes
on my ThinkPad X1 Carbon running Windows 8- no
problems whatsoever. The sound quality is amazing,
and considering the size and price of this little
thing, almost unbelievable. I don't have a golden
ear by any means, but I do listen for detail.
I used to use a Fiio E10K and I still love it a
little on the warm side, but a very full, rich
sound and plenty of detail. The DACport Slim blows
it away in terms of detail. I used to think the
E10K was detailed in giving me the fine guitar
finger-picking sounds when listening to Dominic
Miller and Neil Stacey the DACport goes so
far beyond this in detail I couldn't believe my
ears. If you like clean detail in your music,
you MUST try this thing!" - its_clean,
"Followed the instructions,
absolutely flawless installation on my Win 8 64
bit through a USB 3.0 port. took a minute to install
the universal driver, windows driver( auto) and
the firmware update. Great support Centrance!"
- Riisalat, Massdrop customer
"Worked like a charm
to hook the DACport up to my AMP to get the great
sound of the DACport to the speakers. I was looking
for a solution for both headphones and speakers,
and here we have it! Portable, great looks and
of course... Great sound! ... Thanks for responding
and staying true to your customers." - Kheos,
This little dac/amp really performs well.
The new AKM DAC chip in this device is extremely
easy to listen to. I've tried it with Amarra for
Tidal and Amarra with iTunes off of my Macbook
Pro to Mr. Sepeaker's Alpha Dog headphones on
high gain, and with the Beyerdynamic T51i on low
gain. It really does sound like a wire with gain
with no coloration of the sound and excellent
clarity. Highly recommended. Comes without a USB
cable so you need a USB A male to microUSB male
connector. - Michael J. Kegan, Amazon review
for CEntrance DACport HD Portable 384kHz USB DSD
Hi-Res DAC/Class-A Headphone Amp (Electronics)
DACport Slim/HD User Manual
Firmware update -- DACport Slim only
If you own a DACport Slim from the earlier batches
(purchased in mid- to late 2015), you may benefit from a firmware
upgrade. This update will resolve compatibility issues with some
USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports and offer fully stable performance with Macs
and PCs. Note that DACport HD does not require an update, so if
you have a DACport HD, you don't need to perform this firmware upgrade.This
is only for DACport Slim.
We have created two ways of updating the firmware.
If you use a Mac, click here.
If you have a Windows machine, click here.
The process of upgrading is simple and should take
about 30 seconds once you have downloaded and unzipped the file
to your desktop.
We designed the Mac and Windows updaters do the
same thing for your convenience. For best results, use a working
USB port that has a reliable connection to DACport Slim for performing
this update. After the firmware update, all USB ports should work
When you run the Mac or PC updater, it will check
your connected DACport Slim and automatically upgrade it to the
latest firmware, if necessary. If your DACport Slim already has
the latest firmware, the updater will tell you that the firmware
is up to date. It's not dangerous to run the updater more than once.
It is smart. If you have any questions, contact us and we will help.
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