Avani

DAC Chip: Realtek ALC5686
PCM 32bit – 384kHz, DNR: -110db, Power: 1 Vrms, USB Type-C Male, 3.5mm SE (Microphone: YES), Metal Chassis & SPC Cable


LISTENING EQUIPMENT USED IMPARTED HUGE INFLUENCE TO SOUND IMPRESSIONS & RATING


BACKGROUND

💚PROS

  • Reference grade, crisp balanced neutral flat timbre, mildly euphonic
  • Vibrant and coherent dynamics, full bodied with smooth presentation
  • Exceedingly well nuanced Micro and Macro details, very transparent
  • Balanced Mids with detailed textures and definition, naturally toned Male/Female vocals
  • Sparkly Treble with crisp smooth decays, great extensions
  • Smooth impactful Mid-Bass, tight, fast with crisp decays
  • Sub-Bass with tingling seismic response, natural decays.
  • Crisp and vivid guitars, piano, percussions (chimes, bells) and drums and taps
  • Amazing holographic spatial imaging with sharp precise placement/layers
  • Amazing speed and dexterity on complex passages and transients
  • Super clean background, zero floor noises
  • Super clean layers and well-defined separation lines
  • Drives Magnetic Planars and BA at 80/100 volume, great fidelity
  • Excellent synergy with many type of IEMs/HPs
  • Forgiving on Lo-Fi and lower quality sources
  • Low battery drain on the host
  • Does not heat up easily

💔CONS

  • Driving power for great fidelity maxed out below 100Ω and with no less than 90db sensitivity.
  • A bit flatter sounding sometimes compared to the top 3 performers
  • No volume adjuster

VERDICT

Avani. After extensive listening sessions with all of my regular equipment, I drew conclusion that Xumee/Avani shared the exact OEM Realtek ALC5686 DAC Chip internally as ZOOAUX 1st Gen, from the same factory, but finished and packaged under different brand for Amazon only release (Xumee and ZOOAUX). It makes perfect sense as they are in similar form factor despite different exterior cosmetics. There’s no sonic differences that I observed between the three. Automatically Avani ranks identical to ZOOAUX/Xumee. I have also verified this using TTGK Android app to inspect the hardware element and specifications, Xumee and Avani practically identical.


⭐⭐⭐⭐½ ($5.00)

Best Pairing: Flexible for anything less demanding under 100Ω

1st Release on VEClan Online Shop
Avani Prototype 00
Serving as AUX for Shure KSE1500 beautifully

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29 Comments

  1. Hi! Saw the Avani in Shopee and I would just like to ask what is the difference of the 3.5 SE and 3.5 TRRS variants? Is the TRRS for balanced output or is it for cables with mics? Also, have you tested the Avani or any other dongle for speaker use? Would it be safe to do so?

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  2. Is there any budget Dongle ($5-15) which supports Mic and have Good Bass and Sub-Bass with lots of clarity and details but smooth and warm sound.

    I use Samsung S10+ with PowerAmp. Will DAC Dongle work in that? Is there any good Dongle which can charge too at the same time

    Also, which Chip is the Best? Cirrus Logic or Realtek or Conexant or something else?

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    1. Warm and smooth, honestly a source should always be neutral for them to perform the best. The better the transparency the better it is. Let the warm/sparkly nature of the sound be determined by what IEMs/Headphones you use. In any case, especially if you are not using anything super sensitive, Odyssey HD is the closest that I can think of being warm and smooth. But Avani offers better clarity and details, focus more on being crispy rather than smooth edged. But then again as I said, it all depends on your IEMs/Headphones ultimately. On the other hand, DAC chips brand does not necessarily make them better over the other, how they are tuned and implemented matters the most. Lotoo PAW S1 runs on very old AKM chip and still sounds great until today. Apogee Groove runs on very old ESS chips too, but the implementation makes it stand out of the rest

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      1. Thanks Andy. I am looking for great clarity for sure but don’t eant harsh and peaky treble too. That’s why mentioned Warm and Smooth. I have Monk+, TP16, FiiO EM3, RY4S MMCX and Faaeal Iris.

        So Avani is good too with some smooth sound with ckarity but have nice Bass and Sub Bass too ?

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    1. I wish I can tell you the answers but since I never used both IEMs it would be a guesswork. And I don’t do guesswork. The only thing I am certain, Avani is super flexible for any non demanding IEMs

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  3. Does this work well with the Heart Mirror? I currently own it and was thinking of getting a usb dac for my phone that’s cheap. This seems like the best fit for now, but i was thinking if it does well paired with the Heart Mirror, or with a cheap kz edx or Trn Mt1 for outdoors usage.

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  4. I’m a novice music lover, “with no less than 90db sensitivity” means the sensitivity of my headphones/IEM? Or the volume on my smartphone? Thanks.

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      1. Yuan li (32 Ohm impedance and 103.5dB sensitivity) and Moondrop Spaceship (16 Ohm impedance and 104 dB sensitivity)

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  5. Hello Andy, good review. Is this dongle produce same sound signature of this Hi-DAC (ALC5686) dongle? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJ30of2sk1o i bought it from Shopee Malaysia 🙂 I prefer this ALC5686 compared to jm20, QualComm, dc03 and Blasterx G1. BlasterX G1 is good for gaming i believe it has the best imaging from all of my dongles. I have E10K too but imaging is not good on E10K. OK back to the main point.. if AVANI produce the same sound signature as Hi-DAC ALC5686 then i can skip this dongle. Maybe i can try Abigail or VE Odyssey HD.

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    1. When it comes to imaging, Avani is among the best. Only the 5 Stars performer can outclass Avani on this subject. Abigail offers slightly different experience of being a bit more spacious and airy but honestly my ears telling me Avani being a bit sharper on imaging. Odyssey HD is not as sharp as the other two. But I love all of them equally and they serve different pairing and purposes. The three of them costing no more than $20

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