- Specs & Downloads
The Little Ego is a USB DAC designed to provide an audiophile quality replacement for the sound card in your computer. The Little Ego accepts stereo PCM digital audio signals up to 32/384k and converts them into an analog audio signal, which can then be connected to a line level input on your main audio system, or used to drive headphones via the built-in high quality headphone amplifier. The Little Ego DAC is powered by the USB connection, and requires no external power source, which makes it especially convenient for driving high quality headphones from a laptop or portable computer.
Turn Your Computer Into An Audiophile Quality Music Player
The quality of modern digital audio files is really amazing – as long as you have the right equipment to play them through. Unfortunately, the hardware in most computers isn’t really optimized for audio playback, so it sets limits on your listening experience. Luckily, there’s an easy solution….
The Emotiva Little Ego USB DAC can turn the mediocre audio coming from your computer into something that actually sounds great. From ordinary streaming videos and MP3 files to high resolution audio downloads; everything sounds better when you have a Little Ego. High resolution downloads sound truly awesome, CD quality files sound great, and even lossy streaming audio will sound better than you ever imagined possible.
Get The Most From High-Res Digital Downloads
You know those hi-res digital downloads that everyone is talking about? You were probably thinking the hi-res digital audio snobs were full of it because you couldn’t tell a difference, even when you were using your fancy reference quality headphones. You asked yourself: “What do they have that I don’t? Magical Ears?” Turns out it was actually pretty simple. It was just a Little Ego. Literally.
No offense to your computer, but with just a simple headphone amp and a low-cost DAC jammed into the case with a bunch of digital circuitry, audio was an afterthought. The Little Ego’s precision USB interface, low jitter clocks, audiophile grade DAC, and direct-coupled audio path, paired with our high performance headphone amplifier, will make your hi-res audio files sound their best.
The Little Ego is so easy to use that you don’t need to be an audiophile know-it-all to set it up. Since your computer sees your Little Ego as a sound card, it can play anything you can play on your computer, from MP3 files and video sound tracks, up to the latest 32/384k hi-res music files. The Little Ego even offers three different selectable digital over-sampling filters, to fine tune the sound just the way you want it. There’s even a sophisticated headphone blend mode to make your headphones sound more like speakers in a normal room.
Use With Headphones, Or To Connect Your Computer To Your Stereo System
Feel like using your Little Ego to play your computer audio over your existing home audio or hi-fi system? No problem. The Little Ego will convert your computer audio into high quality digital or analog audio streams that are compatible with virtually any sound system.
With a Little Ego, you’re in Control.
High Quality Analog Audio From Digital Sources
The Little Ego’s cutting edge design and tight manufacturing tolerances ensure that it will make all of your digital audio content sound its absolute best.
Since your computer thinks of the Little Ego as a sound card, any file or streaming audio that you can play on your computer will work just fine on it.
The Little Ego supports all of the sample rates used by today’s modern digital PCM audio files – from 16/44k CD rips to cutting edge 32/384k super quality downloads.
Specifications aren’t everything, especially when it comes to DACs, but the Little Ego has performance specs and sound quality that are both equal to or better than most desktop systems and outboard DACs, even those costing many times its price.
Controls And Display Options
The digital filters a DAC uses have a subtle effect on how it sounds. The Little Ego offers you a choice of three different filters, so you can choose the sonic signature that’s just right for you.
Easy to read LED indicator lights – Bright, easy to read, LED indicators tell you the sample rate of the music Little Ego is currently playing, which UAC mode you’re using, and whether the digital or analog outputs are selected. When you press the button to select a digital filter, the sample rate indicator LEDs temporarily change function to show you which filter is currently selected.
Even at low listening levels the Little Ego’s digitally controlled analog volume control tracks precisely and doesn’t degrade your sound quality.
Flexible Connection Options
The analog output on the Little Ego has its own built-in headphone amplifier, but it can also be used to connect directly to any standard line level analog input on your main stereo system.
The Little Ego runs on the power provided by your computer’s USB port, so there’s no need for external power supplies and power supply cables.
Supports both USB Audio Class 1 and USB Audio Class 2 – The Little Ego supports sample rates up to 32/384k on Apple computers and the latest versions of Windows without installing any drivers. On older Windows computers, you’ll have to install our free UAC2 drivers to play files up to 32/384k; however, if installing drivers is inconvenient, the Little Ego can play files up to 24/96k using our special UAC1 driverless mode.
High Quality Internal Headphone Amplifier
The Little Ego’s powerful built-in headphone amplifier sounds great with most standard impedance headphones.
The Little Ego’s sophisticated headphone blend mode helps make your headphones sound less like headphones – and more like regular speakers.
Rugged All-Metal Construction
The Little Ego’s solid metal case keeps the delicate circuitry inside safe, and provides excellent shielding against electrical noise.
Analog Audio Specifications
Maximum Output Level:
8 Hz to 20 kHz (+0 / -0.3 dB); 44.1k and 48k sample rates.
8 Hz to 40 kHz (+0 / -1.5 dB); 88.2k and 96k sample rates.
8 Hz to 60 kHz (+0 / -3 dB); 176k and 192k sample rates.
Signal to Noise Ratio:
> 106 dB (A-weighted).
Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise:
Headphone Blend Mode:
Digital Audio Specifications
USB Interface (input):
Asynchronous, USB Audio Class 1 and 2.
PCM digital audio.
Audio File Formats Supported:
Big Ego supports any file or stream format your computer can play.
Digital Filter Options:
Symmetrical ; Asymmetrical Low; Asymmetrical High
Sample Rates Supported:
Apple computers: 44.1k, 48k, 88k, 96k, 176k, 192k, 352k, 384k.
Windows computers: 44.1k, 48k, 88k, 96k, 176k, 192k, 352k, 384k
(no drivers required with current versions of Windows 10;
drivers required with older versions).
Windows computers: 44.1k, 48k, 88k, 96k (driverless).
Bit Depths Supported:
16 bits, 24 bits, 32 bits.
Inputs And Outputs
“mini” USB connector (from computer).
Headphone (line level; analog; variable).
Dimensions: 4.75″ x 1.75″ x 0.5″
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I got a great price on this little DAC and had considered the AudioQuest one, but I am glad I bought this one. It works great with my laptop and there is a significant improvement -- almost to the point that I was surprised how much better than it was considered my on-board on my laptop.
I am surprised how powerful this DAC is; I think it can drive 80 ohm headphones without any problem. The quality of sound is great. I don't mind going with little ego since I don't plan to use the DAC as source to an amp. You don't need to install the drivers for Win10 but if you need the drivers are here: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/2572/6926/files/Emotiva_Ego_Drivers_2015_07_15.zip?9600356035236327384
Excellent DAC. Especially for the price.
I was surprised by this unit, so far I like it... Still deciding on the eq options...
Excellent Little Dac brought new life into my system A true bargain
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