[Official] AppleDAC - Need a DAC and you're not sure what to buy? Buy this! ($8.00)


Apple makes a great little USB-C DAC that’s powerful enough to drive most reasonable headphones and IEMs. It’s clean, dynamic, and very convenient. It also measures extremely well even compared to full size units. I’ve been using a handful of these in multiple applications around the house, and they have come in handy more than a couple of times while on the go.

Main components


  • Driving low-medium impedance headphones (a good maximum is 200 ohm / 100 dB sensitivity)
  • Driving IEMs, earbuds, and other similar high sensitivity devices
  • Gaming headsets with microphone
  • Office headsets with microphone
  • Primary DAC for external headphone or speaker amplifier
  • Pirmary DAC for powered studio monitors (such as JBL LSR305)

Requirements & Limitations

  • Host needs USB-C (can use USB-A to USB-C adapters)
  • Works driverlessly on Windows, Linux, and MacOS
  • Works on iOS
  • Works on Android, except at reduced power (about 40% of maximum. I wouldn’t recommend it)
  • 12/18/2019 - potential Android fix here

Supported formats

  • Output
  • Input


  • The device does not enumerate until something is plugged into it. Your host will not see the device until something is plugged in!
  • The DAC will enumerate as one of two different kinds of devices depending on what’s plugged in.
    • 3.5mm 3-pole TRS (normal headphones or 3.5mm aux) - “USB-C headphones” - only ouput
    • 3.5mm 4-pole TRRS (gaming/office/mobile headset) - “USB-C headset” - both output and input


These are just some examples, most anything that accepts a 3.5mm TRS, RCA, or 1/4" TS will work just fine!

Headphones, IEMs, earbuds, etc.

Add-on microphones

  • V-MODA BoomPro (for headphones with 3.5mm jack such as SHP9500)
  • MillSO W11 Lav Microphone (works with any headphone or IEM)

Headphone amps (using 3.5mm to RCA cable)

Speaker amps (using 3.5mm to RCA cable)

  • Loxjie A10 - 60 Wpc
  • Micca Origain - 50 Wpc
  • SMSL SA50 - 50 Wpc
  • Crown XLS1000/2000 series - 350-775 Wpc (yes I’ve tried it, it works and sounds fantastic)
  • Your AVR (use RCA line-in)

Powered Speakers (using 3.5mm to RCA cable or 3.5mm to 1/4" TS cable)


I sent a few of these to ZeosPantera (Z_reviews) and DMS.
Hopefully they’ll review them soon! Picture below courtesy of Zeos.

1 Like

Any idea if the apple adapter will work as a mic for the Nintendo Switch?

I don’t believe it will, but I’ll try it.

Just talked to a coworker, apparently it works with the switch. No clue if the microphone portion works though.

1 Like

Here are 2 of 4 of mine

1 Like

Potential fix to the Android volume bug: