AT A GLANCE
Handles PCM, DSD, and MQA natively
Second iEMatch output for IEMs
USB or battery powered
No analog line input
This full-featured budget amp/DAC can get the best out of most headphones, especially in the all-important presence region.
If you&rsquo;re looking for a USB amp/DAC to juice your headphones, you might assume that a couple hundred bucks would buy nothing more than a stick amp, one of those compact dongles that extends straight out from your computer&rsquo;s USB port. We live in the golden age of the stick amp, and I&rsquo;m sure not knocking &rsquo;em. But what if the same money can buy something with a little more real estate for circuitry and the always vital power supply, offering better than 96-kilohertz/24-bit resolution, DSD, MQA, and two headphone outputs with different gains, one for demanding &rsquo;phones and one for more efficient ones (including in-ear monitors, aka IEMs)? Of course, you must read on.