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ESS Sabre ES9281PRO DAC
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Output Power||Balance 2.0Vrms / Unbalance 1.4Vrms into 32 Ohm
Balance 4.0Vrms / Unbalance 2.0Vrms into 600 Ohm
|Dynamic Range (DNR)||+122dBA|
|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
1. EarMen Sparrow
2. USB to USB-C Cable
3. USB-C to USB-C cable
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.
Read more about EarMen's warranty in India.
"The Sparrow is an affordable and tiny device which you can carry around with you at all times. Just hook it up to your phone or laptop and be amazed how good it sounds."Read More
"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."Read More
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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.
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.
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!
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.
An ESS Sabre-based Amp/DAC that does PCM, DSD and MQA!! What more is there to ask. The Sabre leaves up to its reputation and this is a little powerhouse! Thanks HPZ for bringing yet another wonderful product to these shores
Started with my headphone sony 310AP with sparrow. Not really satisfied. Then used my senheisser hd 280 pro with sparrow. Wow. What a change. Impressed with single ended output. Heard good reviews about its balanced output. But i couldn't get quality 2.5mm male to 3.5mm female adaptor to test it. If headphonezone can sell a quality adaptor then i would purchase one.
In the segment of portable amp/dac the earmen sparrow is a powerful contender.
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.
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.
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does it work with iphone,if not please tell me the dac which is compatible with iphone
Yes, you can connect it to your iPhone using the Lightning to USB Camera Adapter!
For the Earman sparrow : I have an iphone, IEMs with a 3.55 plug - for me to use the earman Sparow i need a 3.55 mm female To 2.55 mm male adaptor and usb c to LIGHTNING cable (donT see either on tHis website need help so that i can bUY the amp/dac)
To connect it to your iPhone you need a CCK cable which you can get from Apple India's website.
The Sparrow also has a 3.5mm output for your IEMs!
Can it be used as an External dac with Computer?
Yes, the Sparrow can be used as an External DAC with your Computer!
Can I connect these to my marshall woburn II speakers?
Yes you could do that via the 3.5mm output!
Will it work seamlessly with my redmi k20 by type c cable? i have failed by hidisz s8 dac amp previously. Kindly let me know to choose it.
It should work with the Type C USB cable. No reason it shouldn't!
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.
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.
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