Apple Type-C

DAC Chip: Apple (Single)
PCM Undisclosed, SNR: Unspecified, Power: Unspecified, USB Type-C Male, 3.5mm SE (Microphone: Yes), Plastic Chassis with Short Cable


LISTENING EQUIPMENT USED IMPARTED HUGE INFLUENCE TO SOUND IMPRESSIONS & RATING


💚PROS

  • Natural timbre with balanced tonality, pleasantly organic
  • Vibrant dynamics, well controlled and engaging.
  • Lush Mids with crisp Male and Female vocals
  • Crisp Treble with commendable textures, snappy decays
  • Commanding and fast Mid-Bass with ample punch and textures
  • Sub-Bass is present and with good seismic feedback.
  • Surprisingly good details retrieval with proper nuances
  • Spacious and open soundstage with decent imaging, great layering
  • Sounds best with EBM and modern music.
  • Great speed and transients handling, no congestion observed.
  • Great resistances to sibilance
  • Very forgiving on source quality (but also less transparent)

💔CONS

  • Slightly grainy edged for Treble decays
  • Dull edged extensions for Treble and Percussions
  • Exceedingly meek driving capability due to Android SRC limitations
  • The build seems very flimsy with the data cable being very thin.
  • Mids focused and somewhat recessed highs and lows, rolled off slightly shorter.

VERDICT

Apple Type-C. In all fairness this Apple Type-C is a decent dongle with natural sense of sound that is not compressed and artificial. The Achilles heel for this unit is when you plug it directly to a stock Android phone. To unlock the full potential, you will need to switch to nerd mode and work it up with UAPP. However, I already stated that I don’t use UAPP as I prefer stock user experience and if a similarly priced dongle can do the job out of the box without tweaking then it is obvious to me that using Apple Type-C is not practical. To make things worse, there are several similarly priced dongles that perform on 4 stars rating level and this further made it even more difficult to appraise the Apple unit.

I was only able to do this impressions with my HZSOUND Heart Mirror (80/100 Volume) which is so easy to drive and synergize. The Tin HiFi P1 and Etymotic ER2XR was not even usable at 100/100 volume with everything sounded distant and recessed.

⭐⭐⭐ ($12.00)

Best Pairing: Anything below 32 Ohm and no less than 105db of sensitivity

Back to #donglemadness

2 Comments

  1. Apple are confirmed using 46L06-CWZR chip from Cirrus Logic in their USB-C to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter.

    https://www.cabledo.com/apple-usb-c-digital-to-3-5-mm-headphone-adapter-teardown/

    PCM format up to 24bit/48kHz. Can check via device properties on Windows.

    Measurements can be found in ASR forum.

    https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/review-apple-vs-google-usb-c-headphone-adapters.5541/

    Maximum potential difference is vary according to region. US version able output 1 V, while EU version limited to 0.5 V only due to EU regulations. All of this information can be found in ASR forum (link above). There are other versions mentioned too.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Apple are confirmed using 46L06-CWZR chip from Cirrus Logic in their USB-C to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter.

    https://www.cabledo.com/apple-usb-c-digital-to-3-5-mm-headphone-adapter-teardown/

    PCM format up to 24bit/48kHz. Can check via device properties on Windows.

    Measurements can be found in ASR forum.

    https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/review-apple-vs-google-usb-c-headphone-adapters.5541/

    Maximum potential difference is vary according to region. US version able
    to output 1V, while EU version limited to 0.5V only due to EU regulations. All of this information can be found in ASR forum (link above). There are other versions mentioned too.

    Liked by 1 person

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