Lotoo PAW S1 Portable USB DAC-Amp
Supported Format: PCM 32K-384KHz DSD64/DSD128
Max Output: 3.5mm:70mW/ch @32Ω
HP Port: 3.5mm Unbalanced
Freq. range: 3.5mm: 20-20KHz..+0/-0.017dB
USB Port: USB Type C
Noise Level: 3.5mm: -118dBu
Screen: OLED 128x32
THD+N.. Low gain: -106dB(0.0005%)
High gain: -108dB(0.0004%)
S/N: 3.5mm: 123dB
Firmware Update: Supported
The all-new peerless PAW S1, which inherits the same prestigious DAP architecture from the Lotoo PAW Lineup, aims to raise the bar again in the field of Portable USB DACs. Much more than a rocket in your pocket, the PAW S1 is the revolutionary game-changer that will ignite your Multi-Media Entertainment experience like never before!
Title: Beyond Comparison
Known for its top-of-the-line DAPs, Lotoo decided to add a DAC-Amp to its PAW Line-up to satisfy the needs of ultra-portable audio lovers. It goes way beyond the conventional boundaries of the performance a DAC is expected to have. At a fraction of a cost of its prestigious DAP siblings, what Lotoo introduces to the market is a pocket powerhouse built upon the same DNA as the rest of the PAW family line. The PAW S1 uses the same architecture Lotoo employs in its DAPs (namely PAW Gold Touch and PAW6000), so you can consider it to be an ultra-small DAP without storage.
Why isn’t the PAW S1 just another USB DAC?
I had originally sought to pair my Unique Melody MEST to the Dragonfly Cobalt ($300). Andrew at MusicTeck told me about the S1. Who knew? And on paper the S1 slightly out pointed the Cobalt. The sound floor is dead quiet, the simplicity of the device is sturdy and fast rise and fall volume buttons. Music is sweetly textured — it’s even opened my ears to opera of all things. Don’t cheap out and buy any other lightning to usb c cable for iPhone. Lotto makes one and I had to return 2 less expensive cables and get the Lotoo before my iPhone 12 would connect. All in all, it’s beyond wonderful. Andrew will surely get tired of me all-capping THANK YOU for his help and expertise.
With the excellent service from Musicteck to boot.
The sound is amazing coming out of my iPhone, Android or my windows laptop. Drives my lower impedance headphones and IEMs without any issue. Great purchase!
I am just getting into the world of nice headphones, and I purchased the Lotoo S1 because I heard that it was powerful enough to drive the set of HD 6XX headphones that I had just bought on drop.com. I remember being convinced to buy it after I read a review that said it was leagues ahead of the Dragonfly Cobalt and the iFi Hip-Dac.
Apart an issue I had with my first unit regarding its USB C port, I have had a great experience with the S1. The buttons are great for adjusting the volume, and the screen make it easy to know where all the setting are at.
As for how the S1 sounds I think it sounds great, but bear in mind I do not have much of anything to compare it to. What I can say is that combined with my HD 6XX headphones this is the best music experience I have ever had, and the best part is I can get this experience on my laptop, my phone, or even my Nintendo switch.
(As a side note there is a trick to getting it to work with game consuls like to switch. All you have to do is hold the plus button while you plug it in to the consul)
If you are thinking of getting the Paw S1 because you want to wait to listen to your nice headphones or IEM's wherever you are on whatever device you have then go for it, I promise you you will not regret it.
II'd give this a 4.5-4.7 star if possible. It works well with a computer, but with a mobile its a matter of using airplane mode in the case of an iPhone. the best performance has mostly been out of computer. But this product is very refined sounding, the various filters are a plus.. Its a recommendation(Also stellar service from MusicTeck).