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DAC3 Portable Headphone Amplifier & DAC Press Release


In 2005, Audioengine was founded on a simple goal: Design purpose-built home music systems that sound great, are easy to use, and make people want to listen to music every day. Each new product gives listeners well-thought updates and improvements inspired by all the ways people listen to their music. The new DAC3 is no exception.

Designed smaller for portability with the added power for your hi-res music, DAC3 is the perfect blend of power that audiophiles love to feel and the modern functionality we all depend on.

PORTABLE YET POWERFUL | so you hear ALL of your music

DAC3 is a powerful yet portable headphone amplifier and DAC that delivers enhanced, high resolution audio to your headphones or speakers from your phone, tablet or computer. Though small in size, DAC3 playback performance reveals stunning detail and music clarity headphones often miss when connected directly to your streaming device.

HI-PERFORMANCE  AMPLIFIER | for the most demanding headphone enthusiast

DAC3 uses a high-performance headphone amplifier which drives audiophile-grade headphones with ease and ensures plenty of headroom for your headset. Experience maximum dynamic range with the capacity to support the most demanding headphones.

DAC3 isn't just for headphones. Variable line-level output can be connected to any system with an analog audio input, such as Audioengine powered speakers or an A/V receiver

EASY SETUP, VERSATILE PLAYBACK | no batteries, no charging, no hassle

With only 3 steps to connect and no batteries or charging required, your new DAC is ready to go right out of the box. DAC3 simply draws its meager power requirement via a double regulated USB-C connection. Just plug into your iPhone, Android, tablet, or your computer and let DAC3 expose you to the missing resolution in your favorite music.

The wired connection gives DAC3 its flex, full-range power for your headphones, and support for your hi-res music files or apps.

FEATURES & BENEFITS | why you'll love it


  • High-performance headphone amp and preamp
  • Built ultra-small and perfectly sized for listening on the go
  • Accurate volume control without any imbalance at lower levels
  • Powered by USB-C from your phone, tablet or computer
  • Audiophile sound performance at a budget-friendly price
  • Audio formats and bitrate shown by the color of  sample rate indicator light 
  • Metal injection molded (MIM) aluminum case protects the device



IMPRESSIVE SPECS | ultra-small package


  • DAC type: ES9281A PRO
  • Full scale output: 2.0Vrms
  • Frequency response: 10Hz - 25kHz (+/-0.5dB)
  • S/N ratio: >116dB
  • THD+N: (1kHz FS 96kS/s) <0.002 %
  • PCM support: Up to 32bit / 384KHz
  • DSD support: Up to 32bit / 384KHz
  • MQA support: MQA rendering
  • Headphone impedance: 12 ohms to 10K ohms
  • Dimensions (in millimeters) : 48 x 15 x 10 mm
  • Weight: 12 grams

What's in the box: Audioengine DAC3, Lightning to USB-C and USB-C cables, setup guide

Shipping now from our Amazon store, our direct site or from over 400 authorized worldwide resellers. Retail price just $149.

Why Audioengine?
Audioengine builds quality speakers that we stand behind. All Audioengine products come with a 3-year transferable warranty. COVERAGE: Stellar US based customer support and 3 year product coverage is included. Based in Austin, TX, Audioengine has been changing the way people listen to music since 2005. Our passion is creating products that sound great, are easy to use, and make people want to listen to music every day.

Media contact: stuff@audioengineusa.com
Additional media resources can be found in the links below.

DAC3 Setup Guide

DAC3 Tech Specs

DAC3 Media Kit

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