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
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