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EarMen - Sparrow

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Designed & Made
in Serbia

2 Years of
Warranty

Ideal for
Audiophiles

Best Suited for
Portable Use

2.5mm Balanced
Output

ESS Sabre ES9281PRO
DAC Chip

Pair with Laptop
via USB-C

Connect With
USB-C

Upto 2.0Vrms @ 32Ω
Power Output

Super Lightweight
Design

DESCRIPTION

THE ULTIMATE HIGH-PERFORMANCE PORTABLE DAC/AMP

The feature-rich Sparrow is the result of a collaboration between EarMen and popular audio company — Auris Audio. This DAC is meticulously designed to process high-resolution audio and deliver detailed and clear audio making your music sound close to the original studio recording. The EarMen Sparrow has been produced almost entirely locally. While the chassis is produced close to the EarMen facility, the PCBs are made in the HCP.

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FOR BEST-IN-CLASS AUDIO PERFORMANCE

The EarMen Sparrow features the flagship ESS Sabre ES9281PRO DAC Chip that delivers best-in-class audio output at 124 dB DNR and -112 Total Harmonic Distortion plus Noise (THD+N). It comes with Super Low ESR tantal capacitors and 4-layered gold-plated PCB technology that reduces the noise to nothing while preserving the sound quality. This will help you experience even the minutest detail of your music particularly with hi-res audio files.

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SUPPORTS TIDAL MASTERS (MQA) & QOBUZ HIGH-RES PLAYBACK

The Sparrow is integrated with an MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) renderer which promotes optimum MQA playback. It also supports encoding which folds additional data into the signal which can be recovered later. You can access Tidal Masters (MQA) through a smartphone. It even supports Qobuz’s high-res playback on smartphones, Windows, and Mac OS. Qobuz allows users to stream and download songs in one of the most popular formats for mastering and archiving — FLAC.
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TURN YOUR SMARTPHONE INTO A PRO AUDIO DEVICE

If you use your smartphone as the source device for music, the EarMen Sparrow is ideal for you. It sports a lightweight design along with a durable CNC milling aluminum enclosure which prevents any kind of interference to seep into the audio signal. The curved smooth edges make it seem as though they are a part of the cable without getting entangled. You don't have to install the driver manually because it comes with an in-built adaptive driver. The connection can be utilized directly and it conveniently transforms smartphones into professional audio equipment.

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SPECS

AUDIO SPECIFICATIONS
INPUT USB-C Female
OUTPUT 2.5mm Balanced
3.5mm
OUTPUT POWER Balance 2.0Vrms / Unbalance 1.4Vrms into 32 Ohm
Balance 4.0Vrms / Unbalance 2.0Vrms into 600 Ohm
THD+N -112dB, 2.0Vrms into 600 Ohm
-110dB, 1.0Vrms into 32 Ohm
AUDIO FORMAT DSD 64/128 DoP, DXD 384/352.5 kHz
PCM Up to 384 kHz, MQA Rendering Up to 384 kHz
DIMENSION 42 x 8 x 22
IN THE BOX
BOX CONTENTS
1. EarMen Sparrow
2. USB to USB-C Cable
3. Type-C to Lightning cable

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DAC Chip ESS Sabre ES9281PRO
DAC Chip
ESS Sabre ES9281
DAC Chip
ESS Sabre ES9038Q2M
DAC Chip
Cirrus Logic CS43198
DAC Chip
Sample Rate DSD - 64/128 DoP
DXD - 384/352.5 kHz
PCM - Up to 384 kHz
MQA - Up to 384 kHz
32bit/384kHz 32bit/384kHz 32bit/384kHz
Ideal For Portable Use Portable Use Desktop Use Desktop Use
Weight 12g 15g 240g 150g
Inputs USB-C Female USB-A USB-C - Data
USB-C - Charging
USB-C – Data/Power Supply
USB-C – External Power Supply
Outputs 2.5mm Balanced
3.5mm Unbalanced
3.5mm Stereo 6.3mm Stereo
3.5mm Stereo
RCA
USB Interface USB-C USB-C USB-C USB - C
Output Power 2.0Vrms @ 32Ω 62mW@16ohms
62mW@32ohms
27mW@150ohms
350mW @ 32Ω
Signal to Noise Ratio 122dB 114dB 110dB
MQA Support
Volume Control
In The Box EarMen Sparrow
USB To USB-C Cable
Type-C To Lightning Cable
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USB Type C To USB Type A (Female) OTG Cable
User Manual
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Remax USB-A To USB-C Cable
Rubber Band
Mesh Carrying Bag
Information Sheet
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Donald DAC Proprietary Stand
Expert Verdict This is a most impressive portable hi-fi product – and those looking for a competent USB dongle DAC/ headphone amp should pay it serious attention."
stereonet
"The EarMen Eagle will satisfy the vast majority of people who want trusted, reputable sound quality from a well-respected company using high-quality parts for a very fair price."
Head-Fi
"Earmen did a good job with this one, no doubt about it. Super happy that quality was highly considered and an important factor for this company to offer."
HEADFONICS
"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."
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  • WARRANTY & MEDIA REVIEWS

    2 Year Warranty

    Don't sweat it, this EarMen Sparrow comes with a 2 year warranty from EarMen that covers manufacturing defects. All products featured on Headphone Zone are backed by an original manufacturer's warranty.

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    BEST DAC/Amp Portable

    Headfonia
    Dec, 2020

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    Customer Reviews

    Based on 22 reviews
    59%
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    N
    Narayan (Mumbai)
    Its a masterpiece

    One of the best DAC/AMPs I have used.
    Its sound can be described as fast, dynamic and extended. Vocals are right amount of lush and intimate. Bass is proper, not overdone, fast, textured and deep.
    Top end is well resolved and natural, this is one of its strengths, how clean and natural the upper registers are.

    For the size and price it can make a phone a very capable audiophile device.
    Caveat - some Android phones have clicks and pops that disappears after first couple minutes of playback.

    A
    Amit Patil (Mumbai)
    Small as a sparrow - sharp as an eagle

    This little device really surprised me. I already have Fiio BTR5 and Fiio FH5. I was happy with their quality. When I plugged my FH5 in, the first thing I noticed was the sharpness of the sound. ES9281PRO audio rendering is as close as it could get to the real sound. Some of the tracks I have heard dozens of times and when played on the EarMen, I could hear subtle nuances I never heard before. I played them alternatively between BTR5 and EarMen, but they were there for real. It's like a clear sunny day on EarMen and a cloudy day on BTR5.

    EarMen also has a wider soundstage. Each instrument, vocals are clearly separated. The bass is just enough, not too high, not too low. It's not to please the bassheads for sure. The clean sound also has its disadvantage. Feed it with badly encoded or low-quality audio, and it will reveal it in its full glory.

    Build quality of EarMen is good including the supplied cables. However few things I didn't like are:

    There is no Type-C to Type-C cable. Meaning you won't be able to connect to Android phones out of the box. IMO the company should have provided C to C instead of Type-A to Type-C because nowadays every gadget comes with a Type-C port.

    There are no physical controls on the device. Though it's not a wireless device, a volume and play-pause control could have been a nice addition at this price point.

    Last but not least, there is no sleeve, case or cover

    Overall it's a good device albeit at a higher price point than it actually deserves.

    N
    Navin Adharsh (Chennai)
    MQA support with a stellar balanced output

    Sounds great with my hiby seeds (using the 2.5mm balanced output) listening to tidal mqa through audirvana on my MacBook Pro. A carry pouch would have been nice. And thank you headphone zone for the fast delivery even during these tough times.

    S
    Shuvankar bhowmik (Bengaluru)
    Good DAC with good sound quality

    A nice small DAC with modular design. Being AK fan i was skeptical about this DAC. For me the selling point is small modular design, 2.5 mm balance output along with 3.5 mm unbalanced output. I was about to by AK USB DAC but that is having 3.5 mm output along with usb C connection. but this one attached to lightning to USB C or USB C to USB 2.0. Also if anybody is having USB C to C then that also go fine with this DAC. only gripping point - sometime hiss or pop up sound coming when keep it near to mobile phone. It supports both MQA and FLAC. It is good for me as i am having TIDAL and Qobuz connection. Now waiting for Apple lossless. After that try it with my iPhone. Till then enjoying it with my laptop. Soundwise it is good. I am a die hard rock music listener.
    Bass-The Sparrow is not neutral, it certainly has a bitty bump in the low regions
    Mids-This DAC is very mid-centered and enjoyable. The midrange is bloomed, certainly offering a mid-centric bump and boost in those frequencies, no doubt. So, naturally forward and vocal-centric headphones sounding amazing with this Sparrow. You can really dig out that smoothness factor and draw borders around the vocalist and instrument, it is incredibly detailed in that sense.
    Treble- Although it is ESS Sabre DAC, but it is tuned very nicely. The top side of this DAC is butter, pure buttery smooth. this is an exceptionally smooth sounding product overall. So, it might not be the right product for those who have treble happy headphones and want that impressive density factor and sparkle.
    I would love if Earmen Sparrow come with small pouch to save the DAC from any scratches.

    Hey Shuvankar, thanks for sharing this amazing and honest feedback!

    S
    Subhankar (Kolkata)
    Tiny Dynamite

    Pros - 1. Build quality & Design
    2. Driving power
    3. Small & compact form factor
    4. 2.5 mm Balanced output (improves sound quality 2 times better than normal 3.5mm out put) - Engaging,vivid & colorful mid-range. Juicy mids paired with treble extension. Bass is really quick & snappy but can get really low & hit you with extreme impact.
    5.plug & Play
    6. Flagship chip & technology
    7. Price to performance ratio

    Cons - I have received Earmen Sparrow 2 days ago... But there are two problems ...
    No 1 - There is no type C to type C cable in the box ( instead of type C to type C, there is type C to apple lightning cable).

    No 2 - There is a EMI noise when it is connected with my One plus 7T via Amazon basics type C to type C cable. It is very annoying. But when I use the sparrow with my laptop there is no problem ( Via provided cable in the box from Earmen).This makes Me question whether the stock cable length is the problem, the shielding, Radiation of phone or another factor.
    What should I do now? Raghav & team headphone zone Please give me some solution.

    Hey Subhankar, thanks for sharing this honest feedback with us. We are happy to see that you're loving this product. As you're already in touch with our team about the issues, don't worry, we'll help you out!

    V
    Venkitachalam iyer (Mumbai)
    Pocket sized dynamo for quality sound

    In the segment of portable amp/dac the earmen sparrow is a powerful contender.

    Pros
    1. Clean, uncolored sound
    2. The output from the 2.5 balanced hits every single competitor out of the park by a huge margin, yes thst includes the audiowuest dragonfly cobalt.
    3. Nuetral and clinical sound, not the smoothest though.

    Cons
    1. Significant cellular signal noise spoil sport when connected to mobile phones. This could be a deal breaker.
    2. Power hungry and can drain your phone bstteries very fast especially when using the 2.5 balanced out.

    Overall decent value for money not the best.

    So glad to know that you love them. We really appreciate your review, we hope it will help other potential customers to make an informed decision.

    P
    Prakash (Pune)
    EarMen Sparrow

    I was skeptical while picking up the Sparrow, but I must admit that I'm pleasantly surprised.
    I'm no audiophile so don't know the jargons. All I can say is it makes the music sound..richer...even at low volume levels.

    The little bird has made a big impression! Thank you Headphone Zone!

    v
    vsg2 (New Delhi)
    Amazing!

    This was the first purchase for my audiophile collection. I borrowed Fiio IEM from my friend and tested it, wow! amazing sound processing power. Crystal clear sound from my iphone, iPad and MacBook Pro (lossless & hi-res lossless). The lightning to usb c connector in the box saved me another ₹ 4000 (this is one of the reasons I chose this one over Earmen Eagle). The amplification from Mac is several-fold high compared to iphone or iPad. Still the 2.5 mm balanced output needs to be tested (waiting for my IEM to test it with 2.5 mm balanced connection). Really I like the product and the purchase experience from headphonezone, fast delivery. Simply superb!!!

    We thank you for this lovely review & we are glad you are enjoying it! Keep the music playing.

    A
    Ajoy Das (Thane)
    Worth the money

    I was betting on a ESS SABRE Chip. And yes, It comes with ESS SABRE Flagship 9281pro chip. One more reason to pick this portable DAC was to experience 2.5 mm balanced Output… If I am not wrong, it gives about 2X more superb quality than a 3.5 mm output.
    The device is tiny and super built quality. After using long hours, it never gets hot. Happy about this purchase and highly recommend it.

    So glad to know that you love them:) We look forward to serving you again.

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