DACport headphone ampOne for all the home producers and mixers out there – if you’ve not burnt through your Christmas bonus yet, you might be interested to learn that audiophile equipment designers CEntrance have released a new USB headphone amp, that they’re calling DACport. For the not-exactly-cheap price of $500, you can get your hands on a tiny, portable USB powered unit that will slip into your pocket or laptop case.

“DACport is an audiophile-quality, stereo 24-bit / 96kHz Digital-to-Analogue converter (DAC) with exceptional jitter management, resulting in extreme clarity and revealing musical detail. Its professional 1/4″ output offers the highest quality headphone connection.”

Key Features:

  • Audiophile-grade D/A converter plays 24-bit/96 kHz HD music natively, with bit-for-bit accuracy.
  • Headphone amp, designed for hours of listening without fatigue offers clarity, soundstage and detail.
  • No drivers needed. Plug ‘n play operation with most laptops, nettops and music servers.
  • No power adapter needed. DACport uses USB power and works anywhere you take your laptop.
  • Stereo, 1/4-inch headphone jack, perfect for the most advanced headphones on the market.

The USB interface is Windows/Mac/Linux compatible, and draws power straight from the USB, and is very portable for a Class A headphone amp. Sound on Sound have a little feature on it here.