Designed & Made
2 Years of
FOR HIGH-GRADE MUSIC LISTENING ACROSS PORTABLE AND DESKTOP SET-UPS
Harboring the best of technology and performance, the all-new EarMen Donald DAC is a high-end music device that’s developed to offer a top-notch sound output in a portable as well as desktop setup. This DAC delivers an analog output of 32bit/384kHz and offers realistic imaging with high-definition audio. If you are looking to deep dive into your MQA files, EarMen’s patented processors can help you experience high-end music playback.
CIRRUS LOGIC DAC CHIP FOR A CLEAR AND DETAILED AUDIO EXPERIENCE
Sporting the best combination of state-of-the-art hardware and software solutions, the Donald DAC is very suitable for natural and clear music listening. What makes this DAC unique is its superior separation and pronounced stereo effect while still balancing the entire frequency range. The internal circuit board consists of an XMOS 200 series USB controller and a 32-bit Cirrus Logic CS43198 DAC Chip for optimal digital to analog conversion. It supports a wide range of audio formats including the highly popular MQA codec, PCM resolutions up to 384kHz, and 32 bits DXD (352.8kHz / 24-bit).
COMES WITH DUAL POWER SUPPLY OPTIONS
With the Donald DAC, you get an option to power it either using your computer or in a combination of the computer and an external source. If you use the external source you can experience sound with better dynamics and definition across the frequency range. You can feel the overlays of tones distinctively while the overall sound will become more impactful. For convenience, the DAC has an indicator light to show which power source is being used. While the blue light indicates the computer as the power source, red light stands for an external power source.
FEATURING A STYLISH AND AN HIGHLY DURABLE DESIGN
The Donald DAC is designed to offer powerful sound and comes in a compact and stylish design. The body is made of highly durable metal along with a glossy plastic finish that highlights the end caps and trimmed frames. It can be mounted horizontally as well as vertically and comes with a standard mounting stand. It features a standard RCA analog output and the commonly-used USB-C port for connection as well as charging. This DAC is optimally designed in European factories to meet the highest quality and performance standards.
|SUPPORTED FORMATS||PCM 384kHz/32 Bit, DSD, DXD, MQA Rendering|
|DAC||32 bit Cirrus Logic CS 43198|
|INPUT||USB-C – DATA/Power Supply
USB-C – External Power Supply
|DIMENSIONS||L * H * W (mm) 114 x 80 x59|
1. EarMen Donald DAC
2. Donald DAC proprietary stand
|GENERIC NAME||Digital Audio Converter|
|COUNTRY OF ORIGIN||Serbia|
|IMPORTER DETAILS||Importers Name: Ferrari Video
Address: 63/18, 1st Main Road, Gandhi Nagar, Chennai - 600020
Contact No: 044-24420733
DESIGNING HIGH-GRADE AUDIO PRODUCTS FOR EVERYONE
For years, EarMen has been developing portable audio devices offering powerful audio with stylish design and easy plug-and-play convenience. EarMen audio products are designed by Miki Trosic who is popular in the market and is the founder of Auris Audio. Each product from EarMen Audio meets the highest of quality standards and is manufactured in Europe.
RICH HISTORY OF EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE IN THE AUDIO INDUSTRY
For decades EarMen has been designing award-winning high-quality amplification along with audio processing products for all kinds of audio applications. EarMen came into existence with a thought of developing innovative audio products that will help everyone to listen to music on the go. EarMen is geared towards offering audio products that deliver the highest of the quality standards without any kinds of limitations.
LEGACY OF HIGH FIDELITY AUDIO IN PORTABLE AUDIO PRODUCTS
All the Earmen Products are designed by the founder of Auris Audio, Milomir "Miki" Trosic. Earmen inherited its legacy of high-grade sound from Auris Audio which is one of the leaders of the high fidelity audio industry. EarMen products are designed keeping portability in mind. Therefore the products are small in size but they offer powerful audio so that you do not miss on quality audio. These products deliver powerful amplification along with world-class audio processing.
2 Year Warranty
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"The EarMen Donald DAC is one of the better budget DAC’s out there. I enjoy a load of purity now and then and I can safely say that this DAC is something purists will like a lot."Read More
"Donald not only sounds great and musical, but it also easily outperforms many mid-fi DACs. Donald DAC is perfect when you’re starting out with the hobby."Read More
"The EarMen Donald DAC is a nice little piece that’ll sit prettily on your desk, and the sound is fine. If you’re attracted to the looks, go for it."Read More
"The EarMen Donald DAC is an excellent DAC for a hundred dollars and a great addon to an inexpensive receiver or integrated amp that doesn’t have a built-in DAC."Read More
I had decided to pick this up as a second DAC to connect directly to my computer and use for MQA and lossless streaming from Tidal. My main DAC is connected to a streamer and CD transport. For such an inexpensive component the Earmen Donald DAC is beautifully constructed and feels solid in spite of being quite light. The performance is excellent - the sound is well balanced across frequencies and there is no harshness at all which is commendable at this price. This DAC has a clean sound with good separation. If I remember correctly, the Schiit Modi has a bit more richness and tonal density while the Donald DAC has a cleaner & better separated sound. Both these DACs are excellent and the one you prefer will depend on the other components in your system and the features you need. The sound with MQA files is excellent, I do not have many DSD albums so cannot really evaluate the performance with DSD but the performance with MQA alone is good enough to justify the price you pay for this DAC.
I would say this is a genuine alternative to the Schiit Modi (though it has been a couple of years since I had the Modi in my system). The Donald DAC also supports MQA rendering and DSD which the Schiit Modi does not. In short, I would recommend this to anyone looking at a budget DAC that handles MQA and DSD.
I am a user of Allo Boss wifi streaming DAC and this is an Excellent USB DAC. VFM Dac without any frills. (They don't even give any cables) and that makes it even more worth. The value they give is for DAC function only and it does it really well.
it gives me the option to enjoy lossless apple music from my android and mac both (yes it is detected seamlessly without my even knowing it) and i am able to stream full resolution files from apple's lossless collection to it.
Rendering is very neutral and unbiased. Just Right nothing overpowers the other frequencies.
Music is more enjoying. A good DAC definitely enhances your music listening sessions.
DAC chip is not what matters but its implementation and Earmen has done it well with Donald. Appreciable. But i Heard its discontinued now. Grab em before they are gone.
Hey there, nothing makes us happier than knowing you loved your purchase, hope you had a comfortable shopping experience & thank you for the great review & ratings!
Thank you for the awesome ratings, Ichika Nito!
Build your perfect chain of components. What an engineering marvel. I paired this with a cayin C5 amp. It's a wonderful combo. The Dac has separate type C power input , so it doesn't eats your phone's battery and has the ability to run on your phones battery too. There are no wires accompanying the package, so buy your cables also.You do need camera /otg adapter. Warm and detailed sound. Go for it. Highly recommended for sure.Thanks headphonezone, you guys are the best. 👍😊👍😊🎊🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉🎊💯💥💯💥💯💥💯
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