Audio design firm and manufacturer of USB preamps (MicPort Pro and AxePort Pro) CEntrance claim that "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." The unit also comes with an adaptor for 1/4" to mini 1/8" stereo for other headphone connections. Featuring CEntrance-designed AdaptiWave USB technology and innovative JitterGuard clock management system to offer the highest quality analogue audio along with super-clean dual power supplies and an audiophile headphone amplifier, the DACport redefines the category of portable headphone amplifiers.
Audiophiles and audio professionals can now listen to high-resolution files anywhere - at a coffee shop, at work, or on a trip. Travelling musicians and audio engineers can now carry a mixing/mastering suite inside a laptop bag. Coupled with professional headphones, DACport offers a mastering studio-quality monitoring system in a cigar-shaped, portable chassis.
CEntrance is known for its co-development work with industry leaders such as Alesis, Benchmark, Line 6, and Zoom.
Compatible with any Windows, Mac or Linux computer, DACport draws power straight from the USB jack and connects to the computer without special software drivers - offering driverless USB performance up to 24-bit / 96kHz, plug 'n play operation, analogue volume knob, and Class A headphone amp, DACport packs a lot of features into its anodized aluminium tube. According to CEntrance the device "sets new standards in portability, convenience and sound quality."
"With enough headroom to drive high impedance headphones, DACport will breathe new life into any music listening experience," notes Michael Goodman, Managing Director of CEntrance. "Using DACport, listeners will rediscover a greater detail in high-resolution files as well as compressed MP3 and AAC files. It's intuitive and easy to use - it's USB audio done right." A bold claim that SOS will endeavour to test when we get one for review.
Compatible with both Windows and Mac, DACport is available now directly from CEntrance for $500US. DACport ships with a handy belt clip, 6 foot USB cable, and a velvet carrying pouch. For ASIO/GSIF compatibility, download the CEntrance Universal Driver.