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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.
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.
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.
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.
|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
|WHAT YOU WILL GET||
1. EarMen Sparrow
2. USB to USB-C Cable
3. USB-C to USB-C cable
|WHAT YOU WILL NOT GET||
1. Original packaging of EarMen Sparrow
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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BEST DAC/Amp Portable
"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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
The EarMen Sparrow is visibly small and extremely portable. The build quality is excellent. For the size, what it can do is amazing - a myriad of file formats, DSD/DxD, and, oh yes MQA even!
Of course, the built-in amplifier will steal juice from your phone or DAP, but it makes listening to hard to drive headphones that much easier. I've used HiFi Man Sundara with this unit with good results. At decent loudness it comes pretty close to my reference-grade TEAC desktop DAC+AMP. That said, what makes this dongle worth considering is the balanced output.
For trained ears, the sound quality leaves you somewhat unsatisfied. Cranking the volume all the way up leads to very audible distortions. For the money there a much better DAC+AMP dongles out there: The venerable THX certified Helm BOLT for instance. But then that's OK, given the size of the package there's only so much you can do.
To conclude, buy if you need a very portable DAC+AMP dongle that does it all and absolutely need the balanced outputs. If balanced outputs are not important, the EarMen Eagle is more cost-effective option. At the time of writing, it is ~6K cheaper. If you have a trained ear and require nothing but the best and don’t want portability give the Sparrow a skip.
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!
Thank you Headphone Zone team for timely delivery especially in this situation and bringing this product to India I recommend everyone to check this one before considering other alternatives in the market.
Good Purchase with Good Delivery Experience!!! Delivery Experience - Extremely satisfied. The packaging was sufficient and delivered 2 days before the committed delivery experience. Delivered in almost 48 hrs.
Good and quick delivery from Headphone Zone and would recommend others to buy from them too. No issues from their end whatsoever.
Amazing support from the Headphone Zone team, this is my second product purchase. Delivery at critical times (COVID19), is just awesome, received my headphones one day before the committed time. Kudos to the team.
It’s one of the best sites to get premium quality headphones. Their service is unparalleled!! Would recommend 10/10. A Grade service!!
Experience was smooth. The Headphone Guru was kind and answered all my queries. The delivery was super fast. The product is genuine This is my go-to destination for everything audio from now on.
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