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ALO Audio Pilot

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ALO Audio (sister company of Campfire Audio) launches a new usb dac / headphone amp, the Pilot. Pilot is housed inside a dongle, with usb-c on one side, 3.5mm headphone out on the other. A lightning plug / iphone adaptor is included, making Pilot a plug and play product for android or iphone, with no other adaptors to buy. 

*Shipping Oct 22

Pilot's tiny size makes it easy to bring everywhere you bring your earphones or headphones. Enjoy improved clarity and more dynamic sound quality using Pilot with your wired earphones. 

Attention callers - Pilot also has mic support - you go between zoom calls and music without disconnecting/ reconnecting.

Pilot uses the latest ESS dac chip, with MQA decoding built in, perfect for streaming Tidal hifi. Works great with computers as well, with most newer computer having usb-c ports. 


  • ESS Sabre DAC (9281CPRO with MQA support)

  •  SNR: 120db

  •  THD+N @ 0.0006%

  •  < 2 ohm output impedance

  •  PCM sampling frequency up to 384kHz

  •  DSD sampling frequency up to 5.6MHz

  •  MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) Support

  • Multicolour LCD indicates bitrate
  • aluminum housing
  • Includes usb-c - lightning adaptor
  • 1 year warranty

(phone and earphones in photo not included - for illustration only)

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Love This Little Thing

I’m using Tidal app on iPad, and iPhone, and wanted a portable DAC that supports MQA to use with headphones. This works great for that. The “niggles” are that it comes with hardwired USB-C and an Apple lightning adapter. Since I’m not using it with a laptop I would prefer that to be reversed — that is hardwired lightning with USB-C adapter. Anyways we can’t always have everything.

Iain V.
Canada Canada
A perfect match for my I-Pad Pro.

I use my I-Pad for online meetings The ALO dac is the perfect companion for my Grados. Great sound for a meeting or listening to music.

James C.
Canada Canada
So far meets my needs well

I've been looking for a mobile solution to play hi res audio files - i.e. in the car and using IEMs. Was debating buying a mid-tier standalone DAP, but this seemed like a good solution paired with my iPhone. I've been using it for the past few days, and so far am happy with my purchase. it's tiny, handles a nice variety of files (including DSD up to 5.6), and has a great sound/soundstage. The connection using the lightning adapter is pretty secure and I can use my IEM's play pause button (but not the volume control). It gets a little warm, but not too much, and doesn't perceptibly drain my phone's battery. I would recommend this. Great turnaround time from Headphone Bar, too.

Richard P.
Canada Canada