What is the press saying about MicPort Pro?

Lonnie Lazar in Mac | Life

"The biggest headaches we get trying to capture that elusive, magic moment, be it during rehearsal with our band or in an interview with a profile subject, always stem from fear of a poor recording. Usually that means means lugging around extra equipment to record with high-quality microphones, or else compromising on sound quality by using cheap USB mics or even (horrors!) the one built in to our Mac.

"The CEntrance MicPort Pro is a permanent cure for that headache."

Read the whole review here

Andy Hong in TapeOp

"If you're looking for a quick, easy, and very portable mic'ing system with high-quality sound for your laptop or desktop, the MicPort Pro should be on your shortlist, especially if you already own one or more mics you'd want to use in this capacity."

Review available in the Sept/Oct 2008 edition (Issue #67)

Harlan Hogan and Jeffrey Fisher in their book,
Voice Actor's Guide to Recording at Home

"For the ultimate in at-home and on-the-road functionality, the CEntrance MicPort Pro is a mini audio interface that plugs directly into your mic and has a USB calbe out he other side. It delivers phantom power to mics that need it and--this is important--has a headphone jack for monitoring while you record with zero latency. Now, any mic you own or purchase in the future can be a USB mic. The preamp is clean, clear and natural sounding, and the A/D audio interface is quiet so you record your voice, not the electronics. This is one amazingly handy device at an equally amazing low price."

Find the book here

Tom Phillips in Post

"I set up a test comparing it [MicPort Pro] to a Grace Design 201 preamp recording into Cakewalk Sonar 6 on my PC, and then replayed the same parts using the same microphones fed through the MicPort Pro and Garage Band. For microphones I used a Neumann U87 (condenser) and a Coles 4038 (ribbon). In general, I would say that the MicPort Pro compared incredibly well. At times it was difficult to hear any difference at all."

Read the whole review here

Chris Wygal in Radio Magazine

"When Madonna recorded Material Girl, microphones, preamps and mixing consoles were a must. But today, microphones can simply connect directly to a computer via USB with the help of the CEntrance MicPort Pro preamp."

Read the whole review here

Craig Anderton in Harmony Central

"I'd say that this definitely takes the USB mic concept up another notch. It's not just about being able to go to 96kHz and use your own mic; the mic pre and headphone amp sound good, too. Throw in zero latency monitoring, and you have a cool little package that not only does the job, but does it well."

Read the whole review here

Rusty Cutchin in Electronic Musician

"Lest anyone think digital audio converters can't get smaller and still maintain good sound quality, CEntrance's MicPort Pro stands ready to take on all doubters. Rating: 5 out of 5 stars."

Read the whole review here

More from Craig Anderton in EQ Magazine

"I've used USB mics for doing video narration in a German hotel room, recording band rehearsals, and grabbing samples with my laptop. But I've often wanted to use my favorite, non-USB mic as a USB mic... and now I can."

Read the whole review here

Stephen Fortner in Keyboard Magazine

"'I love when things just work' is my catchphrase, or at least my favorite printable one. Even if you're a die-hard Keyboard reader, though, you probably aren't sick of me using it yet – but if every piece of audio hardware that's a front end for software performed as well as the MicPort Pro, then believe me, you would be."

Read the whole review here

Kara Edwards in VoiceOverExtra.com

"There was one 'want' I decided to go ahead and indulge in, though. I purchased a MicPort Pro to take with me on vacation. Since I do a bit of traveling - often by plane, I was looking to get rid of my current audio interface in exchange for something much smaller and easy to carry.


It was a great decision, and will come in very handy over the months ahead."

Read the whole review here

Peter Kirn in Create Digital Music

"Most importantly, the MicPortPro has the headphone jack for zero-latency monitoring. It’s made of aluminum, and seems to be pretty solid in build. It supports 24-bit/96kHz recording. ASIO drivers are available on PC. And it has nice, dedicated knobs for gain. There’s even a software driver for aggregating more than one MicPortPro. The MicPortPro looks like it wins on just about every single point"

Read the whole review here

Ty Ford in Digital Video Magazine

"I've been waiting for something like this [MicPort Pro] after looking at USB mics for clients who wanted to bypass the mic/mic preamp/input card topology for something simpler."

Read the whole review here

The MacBreak Weekly Boys

"Are you using that [MicPort Pro] right now?"
"Yeah, I'm using it right now."
"With the AKG [414]?"
"Yep."
"Wow."
"How do I sound? Do I sound rich and luxurious?"
"You sound fantastic."

Listen to the an excerpt from the podcast here

Dick DeBartolo and Leo LaPorte of Giz Wiz

"This [MicPort Pro] is something I'm going to use all the time... it's really a life saver... I'm just blown away by this thing."

Listen to the whole podcast here

Warren Dent of StudioAuditions.com

"This device [MicPort Pro] amazes me.... does exactly what it says it will, only it sounds better than you'd think."

Chrisopher Breen in Macworld:

"I've used the MicPort Pro with my AKG 414 for a couple of podcasts and it's performed like a champ."

Read the whole review here

Alex Lindsey in Macworld:

"My two favorite starter USB interfaces are [another product] and Centrance’s $200 [list price] MicPort Pro, which is particularly great for travel."

Read the whole review here

Editorial review in MusicTech Magazine (UK), January 2008

"Easily the best USB recording solution we have seen to date. Verdict: Excellence, 10 out of 10 stars."

Read the whole review here

Mandy Nelson on VoiceOverXtra.com:

"Recently I was on a mission. I took my first ever 'Workation.'

"In the past I would contact my clients and say that I'd be away for a week. They would tell me to enjoy myself, then send me a mountain of work that needed to be done before I quite possibly died while I was away.

"Inevitably, when I returned, because I hadn't died yet, there would be more work to do because they rushed scripts and hadn’t worded something right or left something out.

"Well, this time I wasn’t having any more of that. So I bought myself the pretty and stylish Micport Pro preamp..."

Read the whole article here


Liz de Nesnera records on the road with MicPort Pro (lower left corner) and her version of Harlan Hogan’s Porta-Booth

 

Rory O'Shea on VoiceOverXtra.com:

"My salvation materialized in the form of the MicPort Pro, an itty-bitty thing (technical term for 24-bit/96kHz broadcast quality USB mic preamp that fits in your pocket) used by the big networks and the likes of us in VO. This little mic-to-computer audio interface eliminates the need for a sound card and mixing board, thus making the travelling studio that much more streamlined. It's a cost-effective tool at less than 200 bucks including S&H."

Mark Jensen in New Media Gear

"One simple feature sets the MicPort Pro apart from others and justifies its price: quality."

Read the whole review here

Jeffrey Fisher in Digital Producer Magazine

"It's a modern marvel how CEntrance was able to squeeze so much functionality and quality technology into this four inch device."

Read the whole review here

Rated 4/5 stars on Tech Radar

"We think the MicPort is a better product overall, thanks to its intelligent design, clear audio quality and - critically for keen podcasters - a very small footprint."

Read the whole review here

Matej Isak in Mono & Stereo

"If you need an affordable and professional USB audio device that will capture the essence of your 'mojo,' you should take MicPort Pro into consideration."

Read the whole review here

Joshua Topolsky on Engadget

"You know, sometimes you want a preamp, but not too much preamp. Well, CEntrance has got you all-kinds of covered..."

Read the whole review here

Frank F. of the Voice-Over Bulletin Board

"I am having a difficult time returning the MicPortPro to my friend; as this little device will make my on-the-road portable podcast and recording equipment issues so much easier to deal with."

Read the whole review here

Christian Hunziker of MusicFarm.org

"Phantastisch! Alles klappte auf Anhieb. Und die Soundqualität schien superb."

Read the whole review here

Dave Raven & Mark Phillips of the Multimedia program on BFBS Radio

"A podcaster's dream... it's a remarkably simple piece of kit and I'm surprised nobody's thought about it before."

Listen to the an excerpt from the podcast here

"Fabriqué par la société CEntrance, le Micport Pro est un pré-ampli micro XLR (48V) USB doublé d'un ampli casque miniaturisé, directement utilisable sans pilote ni installation particulière, ce qui en fait une interface audio on ne peut plus transportable et utilisable en quelques secondes..."

Read the whole review here

Editorial pick for Top 5 "Hidden Treasure" at AES 2007

"These little handheld devices serve up 24-bit/96kHz A to D conversion all in a bus-powered unit that fits in the palm of your hand."

Read the whole review here

What is the Press saying about AxePort Pro?

by Mike Metlay, Recording Magazine

The AxePort Pro installed instantly and worked perfectly on every Windows and Mac computer on which it was tested. It simply showed up as an available device and was immediately accessible by my DAW software.

...it sounded fantastic. I'm guessing it uses the same excellent-sounding D/A converters found on the MicPort Pro, which sat me back on my heels with the unexpected quality it gave my headphone monitoring...

So there you have it: clen and clear input, clean and clear output, no drivers to install, and it fits in your pocket. If you want to be able to capture guitar licks any time you have your computer with you — and listen to music at high resolution even when you're not playing guitar —look in into the AxePort Pro. Another winner from CEntrance.

by Patrick Wong, Guitar Player Magazine

With 24-bit/96kHz performance, you can record with professional-grade clarity, and AxePort Pro also offers a unique"wet/dry" slider (which appears in the software control panel for Mac and Windows) that lets you mix the "dry" zero-latency input signal with the "wet" return from your DAW (including the effects plug-ins).

KUDOS Very easy to use. WindowsXP/Vista and Mac OS X compatibility. USB powered. Rugged solid-metal casing. CONCERNS None.

by Brian Fox, Bass Player Magazine

Having recorded countless home demos with friends, I'm no stranger to some of the techniques and technologies involved in the craft. But given the choice, I'd happily focus on playing to leave the tweaking to those more suited. So when the CEntrance AxePort Pro came across my desk, I confess, I felt a little flummoxed. As it turns out, this little blue bugger might have triggered a shift in my priorities.

This bus-powered interface is awfully simple. Plugging into a MacBook's USB port powered the unit and hooking up bass and headphones turned it into a teeny-winy practice amp, allowing me to hear minute details of my tone and touch. In no time I was ready to lay down some tracks.

by Steven Stone, Vintage Guitar

With several instruments including electric and acoustinc guitars, the AxePort Pro's signal was strong and clean. It works nicely as a practice tool using its headphone output, and the dry headphone mix lets you know exactly how clean you are playing.

Combine an AxePort Pro and MicPort Pro with a decent microphone and a you'll be equipped to make professional-level recordings.

by Paul White, Sound On Sound
The World's Best Music Recording Magazine

Using the AxePort Pro is as simple as it appears: you install the software, plug it in, select as the active hardware on your DAW and start recording. The headphone output is plenty loud enough, and the input has more than enough gain range to handle any type of pickup in normal use. It's also quiet enough to make serious recordings. When you are done, everything can be packed into the included velvet pouch and then easily stored in your guitar case or with your laptop.

This is a typical CEntrance product — it's elegant, simple and does exactly what it claims.

by Andy Hong, TapeOp
The Creative Music Recording Magazine

The charm of this DI is that you can record guitar, bass or anything with an instrument-level signal straight into your laptop. Zero-latency monitoring is built-in. Once installed on Win XP/Vista or Mac OS10.4+, a control panel allows you to determine how much "dry" signal (which bypasses all host buffers) is fed back to the headphones.

With Nuendo/Cubase 4.2 runinng on my XP-equipped subnotebook, I was able to dial down the latency of the CEntrance ASIO driver's "wet" signal to 5ms at 44.1kHz — impressive. Input impedance i very high at 1M Ohm, so you shound't have any problems with most pickups. Sound quality is very high... For recording instruments directly into your laptop, the AxePort Pro is the easiest to use and most portable solution that I've seen.

by Dan Berkowitz, Premier Guitar

The AxePort Pro is small, portable and delivers great sound.

This is a sleek little gizmo, packing the essentials of a low noise, high quality (96khz, 24 bit), single-channel computer interface for guitar into a blue aluminum tube just 4.5” long and about an inch around.

To try out the AxePort Pro, I got out my 1981 G&L L-1000 bass and hooked up to my MacBook. The sound? Full, clear, true – no clipping or distortion, even through meager iPod earbuds. The bottom end was rich sounding with a nice punch to it. It was just what I’d love to hear for practicing. Plenty of volume, too.

I was really pleased with how good my recorded bass sounded – no problems with latency while playing along with a GarageBand drum track, even with a couple of effects added in. I also found that by setting my Mac’s Sound Preference input and output to the AxePort Pro, I could play along with songs in iTunes – a really handy way to learn a new song or for practicing late at night.

by Graham Barlow, Mac Format UK

Plug your guitar into your Mac and start recording, with this portable USB box. Portable, stylish and swish — the AxePort Pro is a great way to record guitar on your Mac... Essential device if you want professional results recording guitar on your Mac.

by Mitch Gallagher, Grammy Award winner

AxePort Pro may be the easiest way yet to get an electric guitar or bass into your computer! ...the key is the little AxePort Pro Control Panel. It has a slider, allowing you to listen to the zero-latency signal that is passing through the AxePort or to monitor the signal coming through your DAW software, which will likely allow you to use a virtual amplifier plug-in to process the signal but will also likely have noticeable latency. Using the slider, you can blend between the direct AxePort signal and the DAW output signal to balance amplifier tone, with low latency.

In practice it works like a charm. The AxePort does a good job as a DI/interface. The headphone out has plenty of power. And it's so simple to use! If you're recording electric guitar or bass, then you need to check out the AxePort Pro. It's about the easiest, fastest way to get your axe recorded, with great sound quality to boot.

 
by Doren Sean Michael, HITS TV show

The actual device is small, attractively packaged, really well made and has a snazzy blue professional look to it. I also loved the included pen drive that they give you to install what's necessary to use the AxePort on either Windows or Macintosh.

The software, which also has some guitar effects, took mere seconds to install. Afterward, I merely plugged the included USB cable into the laptop. In my case, I opened Apple's GarageBand and plugged a regular ¼" guitar cord into the end of the AxePort. There are two small volume knobs on the device. One of them controls the amount of signal going into the computer and the other one controls the output to a small 1/8" mini jack, to which I connected a pair of my iPod speakers. The sound was great and I was really impressed with how strong and clear the signal from my guitar was!

 
 
Customer Feedback
 
 

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., Belgium

 
     
 

"I found it expecially good for songs with acoustic guitars in them, which is perfect for my taste." - Stefano M., Italy

 
     
 

"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

 
     
       
 
       
 

24-bit/96kHz USB Headphone DAC

 
       
 
 
 

"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." - Head-Fi.org

 
 

"I received my DACport today, and listening to it as I’m 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

 
 
Press Reviews
 

Headphone Sctout

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."

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

Audio Head

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."

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

Truly Gadgets

CEntrance DACport: WorldClass Headphone Amp

"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

 
 

Positive Feedback Online

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

 
 

EQ Magazine

"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

 
 

Stereophile Magazine

"I wholeheartedly recommend CEntrance’s 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

 
 

Stereophile Gear of the Year

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

 
 

Positive Feedback Online

"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

 
 

Sound On Sound Magazine

"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

 
 

Playback

"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

     
 

Sonic Scoop

"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

 
 

AVHub Australia

"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 move."

 
 

 

 

- MYM

 
 

Hi-Fi World UK

"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."

 
 

 

 

- TJ

 
 

Audiophile Audition

"DACport sounded far better than any of the portable headphone amps."

 
 

 

 

- John Sunier

 
 

Head-fi.org

"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

 
 

LA Audiofile

"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

 
 

Sound Image Awards - Highly Commended

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"

 

 

 

 

 
 

HomeTheater

“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

 
 

Audio Ideas Guide

“DACport  is something of a no-brainer. It’s 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 you’re an audiophile with a computer, you want one.”

 

 

 

- Aaron Marshall

 
 

Everything Audio Network Stellar Sound Award

"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 the DACport."

 

 

 

- John Gatsky

 
 
 
 
Customer Feedback
 
 

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

 
     
 

"Listening to Miles Davis just now, sounds great, and like they always say, noticing little details I never have before, so I know I shall be revisiting my collection with renewed enthusiasm for a while, thanks for that!" - David D., UK

 
     
     
       
 
  DACmini CX
 

 
       
 
 
 
Press Reviews
 
 
Stereophile

DACmini CX was featured on the cover of Stereophile Magazine in December of 2011 and was also named "Recommended product".

"DACmini retained its big, bold character with every kind of file it played. Clearly, the DACmini PX was able to realize the potential of hi-rez files."

"DACmini allowed the 24/88.2 files to easily draw the outlines of the piano’s direct sound, delineating it from the surrounding acoustic of Goshen College’s Sauder Hall. In high resolution, I felt I could hear the interaction of each string on the piano. I could more easily hear the beating in the chords of a piano tuned with equal temperament. (Pianist Robert Silverman’s works by Brahms)... I do a good deal of headphone listening....I can’t deny that the CEntrance made for enjoyable listens... The DACmini had a sort of grace in music making... DACmini...makes listening to USB/computer-based audio a pleasurable experience."

"I recommend the CEntrance DACmini CX. It’s...easy to set up and use, and has a rich, enjoyable sonic fingerprint."

Stereophile Cover Page
 
 
Stereophile Cover
   
    - Erick Lighte      
             
 
 
Tone Audio

"The DACmini represents the next generation of hifi component, offering high performance, versatility and a small form factor for those of us that don't want a huge rack full of gear. That it does so at such a reasonable price, puts great sound in everyone's reach. The DAC accomodates source material up to 24/192 files, has a killer headphone amp on board and offers an analog input, should the need to turntable arise, so the DACmini offers plenty of expansion capabilities.

Future audiophiles, this is the begginning of your journey."

Audiophilia Award
 
 

Publisher's Choice Award

   
    - Jeff Dorgay      
             
 
 
Six Moons

"The ears say there are instruments in the room, the eyes say there aren't... That's where [DACmini] scores highly. It's a very visual performer. It excells in handling of micro detail.

DACmini is surprisingly advanced. It fires up lights at the rear of the soundstage to illuminate it from behind for great visibility and clarity whilst nearly backlighting the actors for strong front-to-back contrast. Depth of field and layering are very developed.

No matter how I slice it, this DAC has high value written all over it. I call that realsization. It's downsizing expense and box count to do more with less whilst getting very high return on performance. It's a good thing we have just the right award for that."

6Moons Award
 
 

Realsization Award

   
    -Srajan Ebaen      
             
 
 
AV Guide

"The DACmini™ sounds so good on so much musical material that it creates a problem for the reviewer because you end up focusing on the music rather than the DACmini itself. When pressed to characterize it, the standout sonic quality is a basic sweetness, coupled with a superb rendition of instrumental layers within recordings. This ability to be clear and detailed, without being etched or bright is the hallmark of low distortion and is a signature aspect of the DACmini.".

 
     
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      - Tom Martin  
           
 
 
Six Moons

"The CEntrance DACmini PX is a very attractive and complete solution for those with challenged real estate who want a clean integrated, head amp and DAC that support an analog source. Real assets are a high-quality converter that plays it clean, articulate, quick and dynamic and a first-rate headphone stage. The class D power stage is a size up from typical desktop fare and... should cut a good figure also in the living room.

The DACmini easily slips into a laptop bag to accompany mobile folks so they’re prepared for any potential ‘tone situation’. Particularly for those who produce or mix on a notebook the CEntrance will make a lot of sense."

 
     
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      - Jochen Reinecke  
           
 
 
Home Theater Hi-Fi

"The DACmini from CEntrance is a great audio value in a gorgeous package. A lot of engineering expertise went into the design and it shows… sounds? You know what I mean. I'm a big fan of leveraging pro-audio for home systems and it seems like CEntrance is on the case... You'll see the passion that was applied to the DACmini development. My listening told me that passion was well placed, enabling the musical enjoyment that is the reason we're all into this stuff."

 
       
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      - Rick Schmidt  
           
 
 
Enjoy the Music

"The front panel layout of the DACmini is both comfortably ergonomic and at the same time gave me the feeling that CEntrance really cares about the quality of the controls used in this unit... In both the systems the CEntrance DACmini proved that it can be compared not only similarly priced DACs, but those priced much higher.

The CEntrance DACmini is a fine digital-to-analog converter that is well worth its asking price. It is actually quite an amazing little box – the fact that it was designed primarily for use in a desktop audio system, yet still held its own in two different dedicated two-channel systems is quite a feat. In both of these systems the DACmini not only didn't embarrass itself, it sounded good enough to forget about the component and instead concentrate on the music. It is not only very good-looking, well built, and can decode not only hi-rez signals, but offers a choice of inputs including USB – and for good measure includes a decent headphone jack. Definitely check this baby out before spending more on a DAC."

 
       
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      - Tom Lyle  
           
 
 

"I did prefer the DACmini’s more natural presentation of the details. DACmini’s transients were faster, it has a more natural decay than the [more expensive product], another area that I prefer the DACmini’s presentation.

The DACmini has a more coherent sound where different notes blend together more to produce the music. The DACmini also has better extension on the top and bottom, slightly longer decay, and slightly better ambiance."

 
       
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      - Michael Ting  
           
 
 

"In my long-time fave recording of Donizetti’s opera L’elisir d’amore on DG, Ms. Battle joins another ‘larger’ touchstone of mine, the big man himself, Luciano Pavarotti (God rest his soul). Here via the CEntrance, the full measure of Pavarotti’s metal overtones and resonances could be appreciated right alongside all of Kathy Battle’s silver. In short, listening to opera and vocal recitals over the CEntrance DACmini was sheer delight. No jacket or ticket required. Just sit back, relax and enjoy.

DACmini is physically un-obtrusive, silent and cool enough never to be noticed except when you want to plug into it, and it is sonically and functionally on par with or superior to any sanely priced head amp I have heard in the past, from Grados to HeadRooms to iCute Beyonds etc. It’s also extremely solidly built, lightweight and relatively portable, and does nothing sonically wrong."

 
       
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      - David Abramson  
           
 
 
AV Guide

From an article "Headphone Amplifiers That Offer Truly Affordable Excellence":

"Although the DACmini looks deceptively simple from the outside, there’s a wealth of deep and careful thought applied on the inside. As a DAC, the DACmini is very sophisticated and versatile, is about as future-proof as it can possibly be, and sounds ultra-refined, finding the neat balance point between a full-bodied sound and a sound that is full of subtlety and finesse. This is one of those components that sounds more and more “right” the longer that you listen to it."

     
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      - Chris Martens  
         
 
 

" I was moved by an almost analog-like quality I got from the DACmini; in fact, I found myself enjoying it so much that I paused to finish the entire CD, even though I had quite a bit to do that day."

 
     
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      - Andy Schaub  
           
 
 
 
Customer Feedback
 
 

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., Belgium

 
     
     
       
 
 
 

 
       
 
 
 
Press Reviews
 
Absolute Sound

"For nearfield listening, I think CEntrance’s MasterClass 2504s are tough to beat; in fact, they are among the most sophisticated and satisfying desktop monitors".

 
     
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AVGuide

"With the MasterClass(tm)™ 2504, there’s a sense of enjoying gain (natural neutrality) without pain (an overly clinical sound), which is an appealing combination of virtues... It’s the CEntrance speakers’ ability to “go 3D” on command (when recordings permit) that gives the 2504 a real touch of greatness.

Imaging and soundstaging together become this speaker’s crowning achievements. Few desktop speakers manage to unfold into full-fledged audiophile-grade three-dimensionality or to deliver the kind of precisely focused imaging the 2504 provides. On good recordings, the MasterClass speakers produce soundstages whose width extends well beyond the outer edges of the speaker cabinets, and whose depth extends far behind the speakers (and sometimes far behind the rear wall of the listening room). As you listen, then, you become less and less conscious of the speakers, and increasingly focused on whatever happens to be unfolding within the soundstage. This is the real magic of the 2504’s—the quality that makes them different from and better than many of their competitors.

You may find these to be some of the most satisfying, well-rounded, and impressively three-dimensional small monitors".

 
     
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      - Chris Martens  
           
 
 
Positive Feedback Online

"Paired with the MasterClass coplanar speakers, the DACmini PX excels at creating an incredibly textured and defined soundstage. The expansion and articulation of the soundstage is immediately palpable. Tonal accuracy and seamless control throughout the frequency range also characterize the MasterClass speakers, a finding wholly appropriate to a company keenly familiar with the attributes of fine studio monitors.

Summary: For anyone looking for a high level computer audio desktop system that is well built and delivers a true audiophile experience, then the Audiophile Desktop is certainly a great way to make it so."

 
  Click here for full article   - Dean Seislove  
           
 
 
 
Customer Feedback
 
 

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 this system :) It sounds amazing !!!" - Nicolas L., Belgium

 
     
     
       
 
 
 

 
       
 
 
 
Press Reviews
 
 
Audiophilia

"The full name of the 'bundle' is apt. Why can't audiophiles have great sound wherever they are? With companies such as CEntrance, we can. My desktop never had it so good. Highly recommended.

Summary: It is with great pleasure that we award The Audiophilia Star Component Award to the CEntrance Audiophile Desktop. Congratulations!"

Audiophilia Award  
  Click here for full article   - Anthony Kershaw    
             
               
 
 
Digital Audio Review

"Those lusting for transparency will find much to enjoy from the PX, particularly with suitably efficient loudspeakers. Hooked up to the MasterClass 2504 the sound is clean and lean. Each musical layer is thinly carved - not a criticism, but a compliment. The A.D.S. has a polite formality. Being upstanding and correct is its modus operandi..

I lived with the PX/Masterclass combo running together without ever feeling I were missing something; or missing OUT on anything. This CEntrance system needs to stand together alone...and it stands its ground.

With an audiophile system-in-a-suitcase, CEntrance have done something that's so face-palm obvious that it has us collectively muttering (as we often do about the very best innovations) "Why didn't I think of that?". It's the Weber Baby-Q of the hifi world. Students - wake up! The A.D.S. has university dorm-room written all over it. With the A.D.S. one can take a GREAT sound into the nooks and crannies of the world with ease - for these are the places that need it most. Hats off!"

 
       
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      - John Darko  
           
 
 
Touch My Apps

"CEntrance’ focus on utility and construction quality is practically myopic; there is simply nothing they leave to chance. While I don’t suggest dropping or blending your DACmini, I do believe that it could withstand quite a beating. But the killer feature for audiophiles on the move, is that it serves as a decent power amp as well. Bought as part of the ADS package, the PX takes centre stage. Through speakers or headphones, it is a level-headed, reference-quality machine that has my full recommendation."

 
     
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      - Nathan Wright  
           
 
 
Six Moons

"The CEntrance DACmini PX is a very attractive and complete solution for those with challenged real estate who want a clean integrated, head amp and DAC that support an analog source. Real assets are a high-quality converter that plays it clean, articulate, quick and dynamic and a first-rate headphone stage. The class D power stage is a size up from typical desktop fare and... should cut a good figure also in the living room.

The DACmini easily slips into a laptop bag to accompany mobile folks so they’re prepared for any potential ‘tone situation’. Particularly for those who produce or mix on a notebook the CEntrance will make a lot of sense."

 
     
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      - Jochen Reinecke  
           
 
 
Sound And Vision Magazine

"I cranked up a 16/44.1 FLAC of the title track of King Crimson's Red and was shocked by how ballsy the little system was. A little integrated amp like the DACmini PX makes a whole lot of sense. It really is an impressive-sounding little system, with sterling performance across the audio spectrum. "

 
  Click here for full article   - Michael Berk  
           
 
 
Truly Gadgets

"This is a system aimed at those willing to pay a prem­um for greatness. A truly bespoke solution for amazing audio in a pretty small package. It's the best all-in-one system we've seen, paired as well as any amp/speaker system we've seen, and offering the best overall DAC that we've tried. Available now, and highly recommended."

 
  Click here for full article   - Greg May  
           
 
 
Audiostream

"If you like music that has a groove, and you enjoy being in it, and taking it on the road no matter the weather, CEntrance may have a package deal for your inner traveler.

The new and improved speaker cables improve bass response (it goes lower and is more controlled/less boomy), deliver improved transient response, and overall there appears to be a lower noise floor because music sounds more dynamic and sexy. Pretty much better in every way with not one noticeable downside."

 
  Click here for full article   - Michael Lavorgna  
           
 
 
Positive Feedback Online

"The most noticeable characteristic of the PX ... is how absolutely quiet it is, and how this absence of surface noise becomes strikingly evident when compared to other DACs. DACmini PX works very hard to be detailed and accurate, yet retains just enough warmth to appeal to those who enjoy a less fatiguing, more forgiving approach. Still, it must be noted that this is a very accurate, honest DAC in many ways, so you can expect better sounding results from well recorded high res files. Paired with the MasterClass coplanar speakers, the DACmini PX excels at creating an incredibly textured and defined soundstage. The expansion and articulation of the soundstage is immediately palpable. Tonal accuracy and seamless control throughout the frequency range also characterize the MasterClass speakers, a finding wholly appropriate to a company keenly familiar with the attributes of fine studio monitors.

Summary: For anyone looking for a high level computer audio desktop system that is well built and delivers a true audiophile experience, then the Audiophile Desktop is certainly a great way to make it so."

 
  Click here for full article   - Dean Seislove  
           
 
 
Audiophile Journal

"Vocals in general had a depth around them that I had never been privy to before, and the soundstage had a tangible sense of being out in front of me instead of being between my ears. High frequencies were handled with ease. I got the sense that sounds originated from specific, coherent point sources. Instruments and their ambience seemed to float a little above the speakers, and vocals were nearly holographic in their placement. My ears kept telling me, “someone is singing in front of you,” but my eyes knew otherwise.

Summary: As I got to know the system, I felt spoiled by it. The AudiophileDesktop won’t overwhelm the available space on a desk, and it will quickly raise your expectations of what all small systems should sound like."

 
  Click here for full article   - Phil Nunnally  
           
 
 
Audiophile Journal

"The DACmini™ sounds so good on so much musical material that it creates a problem for the reviewer because you end up focusing on the music rather than the DACmini itself. When pressed to characterize it, the standout sonic quality is a basic sweetness, coupled with a superb rendition of instrumental layers within recordings. This ability to be clear and detailed, without being etched or bright is the hallmark of low distortion and is a signature aspect of the DACmini.

With the MasterClass(tm)™ 2504, there’s a sense of enjoying gain (natural neutrality) without pain (an overly clinical sound), which is an appealing combination of virtues... It’s the CEntrance speakers’ ability to “go 3D” on command (when recordings permit) that gives the 2504 a real touch of greatness.

Imaging and soundstaging together become this speaker’s crowning achievements. Few desktop speakers manage to unfold into full-fledged audiophile-grade three-dimensionality or to deliver the kind of precisely focused imaging the 2504 provides. On good recordings, the MasterClass speakers produce soundstages whose width extends well beyond the outer edges of the speaker cabinets, and whose depth extends far behind the speakers (and sometimes far behind the rear wall of the listening room). As you listen, then, you become less and less conscious of the speakers, and increasingly focused on whatever happens to be unfolding within the soundstage. This is the real magic of the 2504’s—the quality that makes them different from and better than many of their competitors.

You may find these to be some of the most satisfying, well-rounded, and impressively
three-dimensional small monitors that $700 can possibly buy"
.

 
     
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      - Tom Martin  
           
 

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