100 Dongles Battle Royale

#donglemadness


The ranking are based on my personal preferences as a USER, matched with my own equipment. I am NOT a professional reviewer, I am NOT an Audiophile. THIS IS NOT A BUYING GUIDE!

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1CEntrance DACport HD
2TempoTec Sonata E44Questyle M12
3Ovidius B1Apogee Groove
4Hidizs S9 ProE1DA 9038SG3REIYIN DA-PlusHAA FEE (BAL)
5Astell & Kern PEE51Hidizs S9
*Dongles that actually perform on par or better than some Mid-Tiered DAPs

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6Luxury & Precision W2
7JCally JM10Xnyocn Q2
8TempoTec Sonata HD Pro
9Abigail
10XumeeAvani
11KINSOUNDAmazon DAC
12hiliDAC Audirect BEAM 2S
13VE Odyssey HDHAKUGEIHAKUGEI iOS
14ASUS ROG Clavis
15Lotoo PAW S1
16Creative Sound BlasterX G1
17iBasso DC04
18E1DA 9038D
19hiliDAC Audirect BEAM 2SE
20Shanling UA2
21CX-Pro Audio 31993JCally JM6
22iBasso DC03Hidizs S3 Pro
23xDuoo Link2
24THX Onyx
25TANCHJIM STARGATE iOS
* Dongles that are excellent sonically & with great features. Minimal Cons

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26HELM BOLT MQA
27IKKO Zerda ITM01
28Zorloo Ztella MQA
29Shanling UA1 Pro
30MCDODO Beethoven
31GGMM A1REIYIN DA-03
32IKKO Zerda ITM03
33TERA Grand iOSJCally JM08L iOSUGREEN MFi iOSJSAUX MFi iOS
34JSAUX Type-C
35JCally JM40
36Meizu HiFi Audio Pro
37hiliDAC Audirect ATOM2ddHiFi TC35 ProHiBy FC3
38Xnyocn X1ES9280c
39TempoTec Sonata BHD
40JCally JM08cBREXLINK
41Hill Audio ALC4050JCally JM04Pro
42JCally JM20
43XtremPro X1
* Dongles which are great sounding, suitable for casual usage


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44Nillkin Type-CHill Audio WSH9415
45Shanling UA1
46Hill Audio ALC4042
47CS-PRO CS46L41
48HIFI Audio PCM2704
49Baseus Type-C
50ARKTek Type-C
51PLEXTONE GS1 Mark II
52AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt
53CYBERDRIVE XMOS
54ENVEL Type-C
55ES-PRO Audio 9318
56UGREEN Type-CNGOKGA Type-C
57Stouchi Type-C
58JCally JA21
59JCally JM01JCally JA04
60JCally JA05JCally JA06
61Apple Type-C
62Monolith Hi-Res DAC
* Dongles which are moderately good but the Cons holding them back


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63DSD.3D SigmaTel
64Glotao Type-C
65JCally JA02
66TempoTec Sonata HD II
67Vention Type-C Gold
68Vention Type-C
69Plextone Type-C
* Dongles that failed to impart sonic enjoyment or functional use

DISQUALIFIED DONGLES

ZOOAUX
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I have stopped buying budget range Dongles from Amazon as I am no longer confident that the advertised specifications are accurate. The listed Dongles as above has been found to be inconsistent from various feedbacks received by others. The same models has been found to contain different DAC chips

UNRANKED DONGLES

E1DA PowerDAC V2.0 (Overheated and self destructed within the first 30 minutes)
Dongles that has malfunctioned during tests. Will redo the test once replacement obtained

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