ALO Audio - Pilot

Portable Hi-Res USB DAC

Sale price₹ 5,999 Regular priceMRP: ₹ 12,999
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Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Sumati Bansal (Delhi)
Great Add on to Solaris 2020

I saw the ALO Audio PILOT on headphonezone and then decided to read some reviews on the same...unfortunately was not able to find any noise online on the common audiophile platforms however stumbled upon the fact that Campfire Audio is themselves shipping this complimentary with every new order for Solaris 2020. I then spoke with Mr. Raghav and decided to take his opinion whether I should go ahead with the same and got a positive feedback for the same. Finally, received them, they make the Solaris sound far more surreal and the details has definitely gone up, its more like using a tube amp.

Thanks a ton for sharing your review with us.

Arjun bhartia (Dubai)
couldn’t tell the difference

Bought them since it came with a lightning connector adapter, couldn’t tell the difference between these and the apple lightning to 3.5mm adapter. Maybe I didn’t have good enough headphones to be able to tell but I feel at this level of non amplified dacs, the improvement is really marginal, so wouldn’t recommend . Was using tidal on my iPhone 11.

Hey Arjun, thanks for sharing your honest feedback with us, we really appreciate it!

Mukund Rao (Bengaluru)
Replacement request yet to be completed

After buying two of these, one failed to work. Requested a return for one and have been waiting and then see an email that the request wS not understood. Thus this poor feedback

Hey Mukund, we are sorry to hear that you are facing issues with your unit. We understanding how disappointing it must have been but there was no way for us to inspect a sealed product beforehand. For unfortunate times like these, we have our 7 Days Replacement Guarantee policy. We have received and approved your return case. The pick up will also be attempted soon. We assure you to resolve your case as early as we can. We take full responsibility to make sure you have a working unit with you soon.

Designed & Made
in the USA

1 Year of

Best Suited for Portable Use

Super Lightweight

Works with Android & iOS

One thing all of our phones have in common is that they have replaced the portable media player. These headphones and devices are perfect to pair with your Android and iOS devices and offer functionality previously unknown. If you’re someone who usually switches between a variety of devices with different OS, then these are suited for you. You can expect these headphones and devices to connect seamlessly without any hassle and even offer OS-specific functionality depending on the device. Headphones and devices designed to work with Android and iOS come in wired and wireless formats. Quite often you will also find Hi-Fi equipment offering direct connectivity to devices with Android and iOS to simplify the connectivity process.

DAC Chip
You may not even realise it, but most of us use a digital-to-analogue converter (commonly known as a DAC) daily. Built into your computers, tablets and smartphones, a DAC is fundamental to unlocking the convenience of digital music. Any device that acts as a digital sound source will need a DAC to convert digital audio to analog. A DAC converts the digital information stored in “0s and 1s” into an analog signal that's passed to speakers or headphones and ultimately our ear. In short, DACs play a large part in making digital music hearable. 

While this technical process is undoubtedly impressive, the DAC embedded into your smartphones or laptops is nowhere good enough to listen to your favourite music recordings in high quality. So, if you want to listen to music in high quality, an external DAC is essential to allow headphones or speakers to perform at their potential. An external DAC, first and foremost, will improve audio quality dramatically.
Pair with Laptop via USB

A majority of people use a laptop as the primary source device to listen to music or watch movies. Since the laptop is an essential part of the audio chain there are headphones and devices designed to work a laptop or computer system flawlessly. With the availability of USB connectivity, it becomes easier to pair various devices like an Amp, DAC or even headphones without worrying about drivers or any additional piece of software.


The Pilot is a portable USB-C DAC from ALO featuring a great sounding ESS Sabre 9281CPro inside a compact enclosed design. The Pilot gives you the freedom to experience a host of high fidelity audio formats bringing high fidelity music within the reach of your fingertips. This USB-C DAC comes with a USB-C to lightning adapter in the box.

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ESS Sabre DAC 9281c Pro is a low power consuming DAC chip used in the Pilot. This chip efficiently powers up the portable DAC and supports a range of hi-end audio formats including PCM up to 384 kHz, DSD up to 5.6MHz, and MQA support. The ALO Audio Pilot makes sure that you never miss high-resolution sound while listening to your favourite music.

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Convenience is all yours with the portable form factor. The Pilot is designed to fit into your everyday carry bag. It opens the door to a wide range of high-resolution audio formats. There is no need for you to connect this DAC to cumbersome plug-ins as it is easily portable making it easy for you to carry it around.

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1 Year Warranty

Don't sweat it, this ALO Audio - Pilot comes with a 1 Year warranty from ALO Audio that covers manufacturing defects. All products featured on Headphone Zone are backed by an original manufacturer's warranty.

Read more about ALO Audio's warranty in India.


"For the Pilot, ALO selected the ESS Sabre DAC 9281c Pro.This model from ESS allow for power from an mobile phone, small size and a high range of decoding opportunities."

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