Fabulous DAC with smooth, warm sound. Great value entry level with portable devices!
I am very impressed with the Lotoo Paw S1. I've owned portable USB DAC / amps before like the iFi Hip Dac and the Dragonfly Red but this one is my favorite. Very low noise floor and the sound gives a very good impression of space with solid imaging. The sound feels natural and clear. It has the power to drive my full size headphones to their potential, especially through the balanced output. I probably wouldn't attempt to drive full size planar headphones with this, but most dynamics should be fine unless they have a very high impedence. I love that it uses 4.4 instead of a 2.5 balanced out. The 4.4 is just a much more solid feeling connection so I always choose it over 2.5 when it's an option.
I personally love the fact that it does not have a battery. One less thing I have to remember to charge. My only gripe so far is I wish it came with a short right angle USB C cable. That would be ideal for attaching to the back of a smartphone and dropping it in your pocket. I ended up buying a 3rd party cable for this purpose and it works great.
Overall I highly recommend this product. It will be my go-to portable source for the foreseeable future.
Lotoo makes great products.