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Monolith Hi-Res USB DAC Portable Headphone Amp

RM 445.00

Our take

The one thing that caught my attention was the specs; ESS Sabre ES9601 Headphone Amplifier, Savitech SA9227 USB, supports PCM files up to 32-bit, 384kHz and supports DSD64, DSD128 and DSD256 playback. Pretty impressive specs for a device that is less than RM500. 

This portable device provides a great sense of clarity and depth, much better than any laptop or phone's headphone output. It is surprisingly neutral & transparent for an affordable DAC/amp combo. Outperforms the highly popular Audioquest Dragonfly. 

Product details

The Monolith™ USB DAC brings out the best in your headphones and digital music files. Small and easy to use, it instantly upgrades the sound quality from your computer with its internal 32-bit, 384kHz ESS Sabre® DAC. Simply plug it into a USB port on your computer or laptop and experience your music collection like never before. With the Monolith USB DAC, you can turn any computer or laptop into an audiophile playback device!

Hi-Res DAC and Amp: The ESS ES9018K2M chips use the patented 32-bit HyperStream™ DAC architecture and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator to bring out the best in your digital recordings. The ESS Sabre® ES9601 Headphone Amplifier delivers unmatched performance for audio headphone or line-out output. With its pop and click suppression design, you are free of any unwanted power-up and power-down noise. The Monolith™ USB DAC supports PCM files up to 32-bit, 384kHz and supports DSD64, DSD128, and DSD256 playback. Improve your playback sound quality from YouTube™, CD files, and high resolution digital files.

Savitech SA9227 USB: The Savitech SA9227 USB controller supports all sample rates up to 32-bit, 384kHz and is clocked by two onboard oscillators for the ultimate performance in a streaming controller.

Ease of Use: Small and portable, the Monolith™ USB DAC is the perfect device to take with you anywhere you go. Roughly the size of a thumb drive, you can have the ultimate in sound reproduction with you at all times. Volume is easily adjusted with push button controls that flank the side of the USB DAC.

Tech specs

DAC ChipsetESS ES9018K2M
Amplifier ChipsetESS ES9601
Streaming ControllerSavitech SA9227
CompatibilityWindows®, Mac® OS X®, iOS®, Android™
PCM Sampling Rate24-bits@192kHz, 32-bits@384kHz
Direct Stream DigitalDSD64, DSD128, DSD256
Signal-to-Noise Ratio122dB
THD + N-117dB
Power Output2 Vrms @600 ohms load
Dimension74 x 19 x 11mm


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