Audiolab M-DAC MINI DAC/Headphone Amp

Audiolab M-DAC MINI (Black)

DAC/Headphone Amp

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Award-winning Audiolab sound quality is now available on the move, with the portable Audiolab M-DAC Mini.

Pocket-sized, battery powered

With the award-winning ability of Audiolab's M-DAC now available in a pocket-sized, battery powered DAC/headphone amp, you can now enjoy audiophile sound quality on the move. Simply charge the DAC up at home and when you're travelling plug in your laptop and headphones for stunning sound quality on the go.

ESS Sabre DAC 32 for superb sound quality
Renowned as one of the best DACs (Digital to Analogue Convertor) available, the 32-bit ESS Sabre at the heart of the M-DAC Mini is a very special device. Banishing levels of jitter and distortion to the lowest levels possible, it gives this DAC a natural and pure sound with low background noise.

Bluetooth convenience
If you'd rather stream music wirelessly from your smartphone or tablet, then the M-DAC Mini happily obliges with its Bluetooth connectivity. Pair up wirelessly and the only physical connection you'll need is the headphone cable.

The perfect DAC for home use
With optical, coaxial and USB inputs (both USB micro-B and USB A), the M-DAC Mini isn't just ideal for music on the move, it's easily able to hold its own at home, too. This full range of inputs lets you get the very best from not just your computer and smartphone but also your TV and Blu-ray/DVD/CD player, too. Compact enough to sit on a desk or neatly beside your TV, the M-DAC Mini gives a huge boost in sound from such a compact box.

Quality built-in headphone stage
Featuring a J-FET Class A output stage, the M-DAC Mini also makes an excellent headphone amp. Whether you choose to hook up to a quality pair of headphones or active speakers, you can be assured of smooth, precise sound, with plenty of power for all types of headphones. Combined with the superior DAC, the quality headphone amp offers a massive leap in sound quality over your smartphone's output.

For a DAC/headphone amp upgrade, the Audiolab M-DAC Mini gives you all of the quality with barely any of the bulk.

Click here for link to our blog review

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Award-winning Audiolab sound quality is now available on the move, with the portable Audiolab M-DAC Mini.

Pocket-sized, battery powered

With the award-winning ability of Audiolab's M-DAC now available in a pocket-sized, battery powered DAC/headphone amp, you can now enjoy audiophile sound quality on the move. Simply charge the DAC up at home and when you're travelling plug in your laptop and headphones for stunning sound quality on the go.

ESS Sabre DAC 32 for superb sound quality
Renowned as one of the best DACs (Digital to Analogue Convertor) available, the 32-bit ESS Sabre at the heart of the M-DAC Mini is a very special device. Banishing levels of jitter and distortion to the lowest levels possible, it gives this DAC a natural and pure sound with low background noise.

Bluetooth convenience
If you'd rather stream music wirelessly from your smartphone or tablet, then the M-DAC Mini happily obliges with its Bluetooth connectivity. Pair up wirelessly and the only physical connection you'll need is the headphone cable.

The perfect DAC for home use
With optical, coaxial and USB inputs (both USB micro-B and USB A), the M-DAC Mini isn't just ideal for music on the move, it's easily able to hold its own at home, too. This full range of inputs lets you get the very best from not just your computer and smartphone but also your TV and Blu-ray/DVD/CD player, too. Compact enough to sit on a desk or neatly beside your TV, the M-DAC Mini gives a huge boost in sound from such a compact box.

Quality built-in headphone stage
Featuring a J-FET Class A output stage, the M-DAC Mini also makes an excellent headphone amp. Whether you choose to hook up to a quality pair of headphones or active speakers, you can be assured of smooth, precise sound, with plenty of power for all types of headphones. Combined with the superior DAC, the quality headphone amp offers a massive leap in sound quality over your smartphone's output.

For a DAC/headphone amp upgrade, the Audiolab M-DAC Mini gives you all of the quality with barely any of the bulk.

Click here for link to our blog review
Audio Outputs RCA
Battery Life 7 Hours
Bluetooth Yes
Coaxial Digital Input 1
Dimensions WxDxH (mm) 136 x 178 x 34
Headphone Output 1/4" 6.3mm Headphone output
Optical Digital Input 1
USB Input USB micro-B for Mac/PC/Android, USB-A for iOS
Brand Audiolab
Colour Black
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Would welcome more information Good headphone amp, but still assessing it as a DAC
Date published: 2018-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good sound, with a number of useful connections. There is a clear audio upgrade over the built-in laptop sound card, especially in the upper mid-range. While the M-DAC Mini is not pocket side, it easily fits in my laptop bag and takes very little space on my desk. The built in battery means there is no need to carry the power supply, making life easier. But this is not a unit to be used on the move. This unit is also ideal for upgrading an old analogue system that requires a DAC, due to the line outs.
Date published: 2018-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A* PLUS DAC What a great piece of kit. Purchased to run with my Marantz cd5005. (Wow this is now amazing). With the added benefit of being a portable dac. Running from a Samsung S9 Plus with Grado SR80 headphones the sound is just stunning. Only negative.... The pc usb port.. Would be better as a usb B rather than a micro.
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Precision in a small package As a DAC, this doesn't put a foot wrong, whatever the source. Worked faultlessly first time with my CD Transport and is now hooked up to a Raspberry Pi 3 running Runeaudio to put my entire library at my fingertips. Bluetooth finally sounds Hifi too. It is a bit 'Audiolab' though - utterly meticulous and precise - and not very forgiving of a bad recording, hence four stars.
Date published: 2018-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent partner for an Apple Airport Express I bought this DAC about 4 weeks ago to get a better sound when streaming music via Airplay via the Apple Express. All I can say is the performance is stunning, it pushes so much more detail out of my speakers. I trialed this against a Cambridge DAC Magic Plus and the Arcam irDac 2, these units noticeably coloured the sound though. If you're looking for a DAC that will push streamed music to new heights you'll be hard pushed to find a better DAC.
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Audiolab M-DAC mini My iPhone found this device by Bluetooth and plays the TuneIn app better than my tablet, however one has to increase the volume on Amplifier to get the appropiate output. So one has to remember to turn the volume down if CD's or Vinyl are then played. My Linx8 tablet (old I know) running on Windows 8.1 could connect better using the PC input than the Bluetooth. Since I've upgraded from an old Tuner, having DAB radio is a real pleasure. The DAC is also to be used for the TV volume via my speakers using a Optical cable. So I am pleased it has so many future possibilties.
Date published: 2017-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible DAC in a small box It worked perfectly with my CD transport and also now plugged in my Apple Airport Express with digital lead and that also sounds much better. I am really impressed with this little device.
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bluetooth connection Simple and Effective Bought Audiolab M-Dac mini to connect my i-phone 6s to my aged pioneer hi-fi via Bluetooth. Straightforward connection to amplifier via RCA cable and i-phone immediately picked-up M-DAC device on Bluetooth. Sound from Steaming via apple music was an obvious improvement compared to connection to amp via dock - bigger and more clearly defined. I later tried hi-res music files via Tidal music service. This was a huge step-up again - even better definition and warmer sound. Frustratingly, haven't been able to try USB connection for my macpro as I've mislaid my CD ROM unit for this and the USB driver files come on a disc with the M-Dac mini (would be good to be able to download these from website). My Goldring noise reduction headphones also sound so much better when connected via M-dac mini compared to direct connection to i-phone. The size of the unit means that I can easily pack this for taking on holiday or elsewhere. Intend to utilise the optical connection for tv to play tv sound through hi-fi. Overall delighted with purchase.
Date published: 2017-10-04
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Audiolab DAC/Headphone Amp is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 8.
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We think you’ll agree that our Supercare guarantee offers fantastic value. What’s more, if you don’t use our it in the 6 year period, we’ll refund the cost of it. You really can’t say fairer than that!
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Lowest price guaranteed!

We’ll beat any genuine advertised price, even from the web & give you up to £100!

We're confident that our prices are amongst the very keenest out there, so we've made it as easy as pie to qualify for our Price Beat. Richer Sounds also guarantees to beat web prices, and Price Beat is even valid for 7 days after purchase, so if you've seen a cheaper price, let us know, and we'll happily beat that price by up to £100!

Products must be brand new, boxed, carry a comparable guarantee and be in stock at time of purchase. Richer Sounds price used to compare will be net of any voucher / trade in discounts.
T&Cs apply

Free UK delivery

Next day delivery and timed options available. Please see checkout for further details.

Buy now, pay later available
on purchases over £500

We offer 6 month interest free options. Call or ask in-store for details

For purchases over £500, pay a 10% deposit now and the balance in 6 months. Pay the balance in full before the end of the 6 months and there is no interest to pay whatsoever, just a one-off settlement fee of £29. Find out more

 Disabled assistance

Richer Sounds are happy to offer FREE delivery on all our products to blind, partially sighted and disabled customers.

Please place orders online, then contact webaftersales@richersounds.com who will advise on how to arrange the refund of your delivery charge