Wired and Wireless
 
 

The CEntrance BlueDAC is a rather versatile device, and a worthy partner with some of the better high-end headphones on the market. If you have a decent wired headphone, BlueDAC will likely make it sound better than you've heard it sound before.

- Steve Guttenberg, Audiophiliac, CNET

 

I received my BlueDAC today! It is an awesome little device; I love it...

I still have the same cans on a few hours later and I don’t want to take them off! The BlueDAC is in my pocket and I’m roaming around the house with it connected to my laptop via Bluetooth. Thanks!

- Recent Customer via Facebook

 

 
   

BlueDAC is the result of our meticulous, painstaking quest to evolve the portable headphone amplifier for the modern HiFi enthusiast. BlueDAC was created with utmost care and attention to detail, down to the last design element, such as the selection of components for best audio reproduction, design for lowest noise and distortion, ergonomic location of controls, and lightweight wearability, all with the goal to deliver the ultimate portable digital audio experience that rivals an expensive stereo in sound quality, but not in size.


It took years of dedicated crafstmanship to bring you this level of aesthetic refinement. Here is the short timeline as a glimpse into the history of our continous improvement.


2009: CEntrance redefined portable Hi-Fi with a revolutionary product called DACport, a small, USB-powered DAC/AMP. DACport's amazing sound quality earned it a place on the presitigous Stereophile recommended components list!

 

2014: CEntrance added HD file support, offering DSD playback, picosecond clocks and sampling rates up to 384kHz. The ultra-slim DACport HD immediately became a hit and sold thousands of units within months of introduction.

 

2016: Our upgraded headphone amplifier called AmpExtreme™ offers even lower noise and distortion. But we didn't stop there. We added a Li-Ion rechargeable battery and MFi connectivity. The resulting ultra-portable DACportable got rave press reviews and became wildely popular.

 
2018: It's hard to build upon the legacy, but we were determined to push the envelope even further. On customers' request, we've added an audiophile Bluetooth input, and a balanced output, offering freedom from cables and total sonic flexibility. BlueDAC is our best portable HiFi amplifier yet!


As an audiophile listening device for all types of heapdhones - even power-hungry and balanced models -BlueDAC dots all the i's—use it as a wired or a wireless DAC/Amp and enjoy high quality sound either way. And weighing in at only 120 grams, it's extremely travel-friendly. Trusted review sites, including CNET and DAR love BlueDAC for its excepional sound quality and portability. Check it out for yourself! We guarantee that you will not be disappointed.

     
     
    Amazingly Revealing
   

BlueDAC is a reference-quality audiophile listening device. The sound quality is so awesome, you will hear detail in your music you never thought was there. And the addition of our audiophile Bluetooth input means now you can forget the pesky wires! Leave that phone in the pocket and enjoy cable freedom.


Featuring the amazing VelvetSound™ AK4490 Digital to Analog Converter (DAC) coupled with our own AmpExtreme—powerful, custom, Class-A Headphone Amplifier with digital volume control, this product will transport you musically to new heights.


Over USB, BlueDAC supports full 32-bit, 384kHz audio resolution as well as DSD, so even if you don't have music in those formats yet, your investment is future-proof. There is plenty of clean output power. This means you can use your favorite headphones such as HD580, HD600, and HD650 without worrying if it will be loud enough. Because the sound will be loud, confident and full of detail. Especially in the fully balanced mode.

     
     
    Take the Show on the Road
   

Make your audiophile experience portable. Listen to pristine-quality playback anywhere—at a coffee shop, at work, or on a trip—no need to sacrifice sound quality for portability. BlueDAC packs a lot of features into the stylish chassis made from Earth-friendly, biodegradeable plastic, setting new standards in portability, convenience and sound quality.

     
     
    Key Features
   

VelvetSound™ series D/A converter plays all your high-res music perfectly.

AmpExtreme™ headphone amp offers clarity, soundstage and detail.

Volume control with digital tracking keeps channels in perfect balance.

Ergonomic, side-mounted slider allows single-handed volume adjustment.

Works with Mac, Windows, and Linux OS, and most phones and tablets.

Li-Po battery plays for 20 hours without draining your phone's battery (wireless mode).

A custom plastic chassis offers a soft touch, scratch protection and durability.

Two outputs: a 3.5mm headphone jack and a 2.5 balanced jack for true versatility!

     
 
 
 
 
 
 

This is what Stereophile wrote about the original DACport. Wait until you hear our new product!

 
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Watch our CEO Michael Goodman explain BLueDAC at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest

Pardon the crowd noise in the video, it was done without a good mic, but you can still hear everything!

 
 
 
 

Bad Guy Good Audio Unboxes and Reviews BlueDAC

 
 
 
 
 
 

Features

 
     
     

 

 

 

 

Bit-4-Bit Digital Audio

 

With over 100 licensing clients under our belt (Benchmark, McIntosh, Lavry, others), CEntrance wrote the book on USB audio. We designed DACportable as a true 32-bit device, ensuring"bit-for-bit" audio fidelity, at all supported sample rates, across all supported OSs.

 
         
 

Precision Clock Oscillator

 

The art of digital-to-audio conversion is in the quality of the clock. CEntrance's clock management system uses military spec clock oscillators with 10ppm precision. Our JitterGuard™ clock cleanup system earned us enthusaistic reviews from Stereophile and dozens of other audio publications.

 
         
 

Class A Headphone Amp

 

Capacitors introduce distortion. DACport's Class-A audio circuit is direct-coupled (capacitor-free), maintaining audiophile quality all the way to the headphones.

 
         
 

18V internal power

 

DACport's advanced, low-distortion Class-A amplifier circuit runs on super-clean 18V rails (±9V, bipolar supply). Higher voltage means lower distortion, higher headroom and more output power to drive any headphones.

 
         
 

RoHS Compliant

 

Our products are sold all over the world and we go to great lengths to ensure compliance with international regulations. DACportable is RoHS, FCC and CE-compliant, which ensures safety and protects our environment.

 
         
 

Made in America

 

DACportable is designed and assembled by CEntrance in USA from components sourced from around the world. When you purchase our products you are bringing manufacturing jobs back to America. Thank you for your support!

 
 
 
 
 
 

Digital specs

 

Resolution (USB)

32-bit (Also supports 16 and 24-bit)

Sample Rate (USB)

44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.2 kHz, 192 kHz, 352.4 kHz, 384 kHz

 

DSD Support

DSD64 and DSD128

 

Inputs

USB 2.0, asynchronous, Bluetooth

 

Clocking

Two custom, mil-spec clocks, 10 ppm precision, 1 ps jitter

 

Jitter

Unmeasurable

 

Compatibility

iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac, Linux, PC. Driver is available for Windows.

 


 

Analog Specs

 
 

Freq. Response

20Hz...20kHz +/-0.5dB

 

S/N Ratio

-113dBu, no weighting

 

THD+N

0.002 %, 0.014% (Full Scale Modulation, 1kHz)

 

Crosstalk, 1kHz

-111 dB

 

Output Impedance

0.4 Ohm

 

Output power, 32ohm

500mW (total) 32 Ohm, drives 600 Ohm headphones

 

Supported Headphones

16...600 Ohm

 

Max Output Level, 1kHz

2.9 V rms / +11.3 dBu

 

Gain Switch

20dB range

 

 

General Specs

 
 

Audio Output

Gold-plated unbalanced 3.5mm headphone jack, Gold-plated balanced 2.5mm headphone jack

 

Headphone Amp

Custom-designed AmpExtreme™ with Class-A circuit and super-clean, bipolar power supply

 

AC Adapter

Supports standard 5V adapters with USB "micro B" plug

 

DC Powering/Charging

+5V (2.1A) from external adapter, such as iPad charger. 2A recommended for fast charging

 

Internal supplies

Battery-isolated, triple-filtered ±9V, analog power supply rails

 

Unit Dimensions:

110mm (4.3") (L), 57mm (2.2") (W), 18mm (0.7”) (H)

 

Unit Weight:

120 grams (4.3 ounces)

 

Chassis Material

Soft-touch, scratch resistant, Earth-friendly biodigradeable plastic

 

Battery Specs

Rechargeable Li-Polymer, 20 hours play time (bluetooth input)

 

Format Support

BlueDAC supports, in addition to the standard SBC codec, APTX, MP3, AAC and Faststream codecs.

 
 

 

 

 

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Quick Start Guide
 
 
 
 
 
 

Press Reviews

CNET

"Mission Impossible: An audiophile-worthy Bluetooth portable headphone amp."

"If you have a decent wired headphone, BlueDAC will likely make it sound better than you've heard it sound before... if you own a recent iPhone that lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack, and have a set of expensive wired headphones, BlueDAC would be a wise investment."

 

 

 

- Steve Guttenberg, CNET

 
 

Digital Audio Review

"What a find!"

"Bluetooth from iPhone to BlueDAC convincingly outperforms a direct-wired connection that relies on the Apple’s inferior D/A conversion and headphone circuitry."

 

 

 

- Jon Darko, DAR

 
 

Bad Guy Good Audio

"This looks like a real winner!"

"Very powerful device!..."Very easy to pair"

 

 

 

- Chris B, Bad Guy, Good Audio

 
 

Facts Chronicle

"Worth buying for sure"

"A rare success for Bluetooth devices! "

 

 

 

- Mike Hardy, Facts Chronicle

 
 
 
 

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