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SMSL IQ DAC/Amplifier Review

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Goh Beng Yeow
Goh Beng Yeow, the Founder / Editor at Porta-Fi™, is a recipient of the IT Youth Award in Singapore. Twice nominated for EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, Beng Yeow has previously founded startups such as PDALive.com, Coded Pixels Consultants and was a Tech writer for TODAY, a national daily newspaper under MediaCorp. Since 2017, he has been writing, editing and producing commentaries, interviews, news and reviews on Porta-Fi™. In 2019, Beng Yeow was appointed Advisor to LHDC™, the industry's latest low latency and high-definition Bluetooth audio codec.

Review Ratings
8.1 / 10 Reviewer
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Pros
- Beautiful and portable
- Balanced output
- Decode audio formats of up to 768 kHz/32-bit resolution PCM as well as native DSD decoding of up to DSD512
Cons
- Does not work with iOS devices
- Single-ended and balanced output lacking in power
- The volume rocker is too small and cumbersome to use
Summary
The SMSL IQ is a portable DAC/Amplifier that is edge leading in its DAC design.

However, let down by the lacking in power on both single-ended and balanced output, discreet pairing is required to allow one to appreciate and enjoy the sound quality that the SMSL IQ is capable of.
Sound Quality8
Features and Functionalities8.5
Build8.5
Value for Money7.5

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Part 1: Introduction, Design and Build
Part 2: Sound Quality
Part 3: Product Specifications
Part 4: Review Ratings, Summary

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Did the IQ work in UAC2 with the Note 9? Ive read that someone had usb 2 with a samsung s8 but your first line says theres no uac2 on android.

    • Hi Brian, officially Android does not have support on UAC2 or UAC3, however top tier manufacturers such as Samsung and Huawei all support UAC2 and in some devices UAC3. Please do check with the respective representatives to confirm compatibility. Thanks.

    • Hi Raymund, no, it does not come with lightning to micro USB cable and is not designed to work with iPhone.

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