I often find headphone amps start well and end disappointingly, and somehow I just can’t get as excited about the device two weeks after I first turned it on. No physical changes have happened to the system, but I just find myself migrating back to other sources. Perhaps because the low cost never once made me feel like I needed to justify the presence of a headphone amp or a tiny DAC to go with it, I never once felt that sense of (non)buyer’s remorse with the Epiphany duo. Perhaps that’s the big epiphany in and of itself.
OK, so you aren’t buying a Lehmann or (from memory) a Benchmark or a Grace Designs for a fraction of the price, but the products make a fine sound without the BS. We need a new generation to get into enjoying music and the sound it makes, and it is devices like these that do just that.
Epiphany Acoustics E-DAC Distortion: <0.005%
Dynamic range: >110dB A-Weighted
Audio formats: 44.1kHz, 48kHz & 96kHz @ both 16 bit and 24 bit
Interface: USB Audio Class 1
Compatibility: Windows, Mac, Linux
Line output: 2Vrms
Connections: 1 x 3.5mm input jack, 1 x 3.5mm output jack, 1 x power inlet, 1 x gain switch
Default gain settings: 1x and 2.5x THD @ 1kHz: 0.0017%
Noise level (ref 400mV): -105dB
Power output @ 33Ω : 641mW
Channel balance: 0.6dB
Battery life: 8 hours
Manufactured by: Epiphany Acoustics