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?
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).
The S1 is a fantastic small and light portable unit. I wanted something that I could easily slide into my pocket that wasn't bulky and the S1 is perfect. The build quality is quite exceptional. Definitely premium feeling.
There is a small little screen on the side that shows the current bit rate, gain mode, volume and filter selected. The buttons make it really easy to switch between the settings. I know this will sound funny, but I like the buttons. They are small but they have just the right feel so it is easy to use them to maneuver through the menu. On the presets available, I felt there were plenty for me at around 16.
So far I have not experienced any issues of lag or any crackles. The background is very clean. The sound is fun listening to because there is a wonderful fullness to it. Also, there is definitely more power to the output than when not using it. I really think you will enjoy it should you decide to purchase.
On July 10, Lotoo released firmware version 22.214.171.124. You can go to Lotoo's website to find the latest updates. Holding down the FN button as you plug the S1 into your computer allows for a drive letter to map to the unit. Then drop the firmware in the root directory. Once you see successful on the small screen on the S1, you are set and can unplug the unit.