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EarMen - Donald DAC

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Designed & Made
in Serbia

2 Years of
Warranty

Ideal for
Audiophiles

Ideal for
Indoor Use

Cirrus Logic CS43198
DAC Chip

Pair with Laptop
via USB-C

Connect With
USB-C

Metal
Build

Super Lightweight
Design

DESCRIPTION

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.
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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).

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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.

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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.

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SPECS

AUDIO SPECIFICATIONS
SUPPORTED FORMATS PCM 384kHz/32bit, DSD, DXD, MQA Rendering
DAC 32 bit Cirrus Logic CS 43198
USB XMos 2XX
INPUT USB-C – DATA/Power Supply
USB-C – External Power Supply
OUTPUT RCA
DIMENSIONS L * H * W (mm) 114 x 80 x59
IN THE BOX
BOX CONTENTS
1. EarMen Donald DAC
2. Donald DAC proprietary stand

COMPARISONS

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DAC Chip Cirrus Logic CS43198
DAC Chip
ESS Sabre ES9038Q2M
DAC Chip
ESS Sabre ES9281
DAC Chip
ESS Sabre ES9281PRO
DAC Chip
Sample Rate 32bit/384kHz 32bit/384kHz 32bit/384kHz DSD - 64/128 DoP
DXD - 384/352.5 kHz
PCM - Up to 384 kHz
MQA - Up to 384 kHz
Ideal For Desktop Use Desktop Use Portable Use Portable Use
Weight 150g 240g 15g 12g
Inputs USB-C – Data/Power Supply
USB-C – External Power Supply
USB-C - Data
USB-C - Charging
USB-A USB-C Female
Outputs RCA 6.3mm Stereo
3.5mm Stereo
3.5mm Stereo 2.5mm Balanced
3.5mm Unbalanced
USB Interface USB - C USB-C USB-C USB-C
Output Power 350mW @ 32Ω 62mW@16ohms
62mW@32ohms
27mW@150ohms
2.0Vrms @ 32Ω
Signal to Noise Ratio 110dB 114dB 122dB
MQA Support
Volume Control
In The Box EarMen Donald DAC
Donald DAC Proprietary Stand
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Remax USB-A To USB-C Cable
Rubber Band
Mesh Carrying Bag
Information Sheet
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USB Type C To USB Type A (Female) OTG Cable
User Manual
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USB To USB-C Cable
Type-C To Lightning Cable
Expert Verdict "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."
Headfonia
"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
"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
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."
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2 Year Warranty

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The Verge

"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."

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Headfonia

"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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What Hi-Fi

"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."

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Inner Fidelity

"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."

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Rahuul Ramachandrran (Bengaluru)
Donald DAC

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.

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Suresh Sathiasekar (Nagercoil)

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