Compendium updated February 24th, 2021.
If you're after a one-and-done upgrade to your laptop's sound card, you could do worse than the SMSL M3 DAC/Amp. This plug-and-play unit offers a simple, uncluttered interface and a single-ended headphone output.
We’ve compiled reviews of the SMSL M3 DAC/amp from across the web for your reference. What you’ll find here are the TLDR versions of the full reviews (which you can access with the provided links). We’ll continue updating this compendium as reviews come in.
From XTENIK Audio's review of the SMSL M3 DAC/Amp, first published on June 23rd, 2017:“SMSL M3 USB Powered Audio Decoder is a value-for-money product.
“This DAC/amp will help you improve the sound quality without taking up too much space in your bag or on your desk.
“It has a solid build, multiple output options, and it is compatible with smartphones, tablets, and computers, and is very easy to use.
“With its competitive price tag, we can say that it is one of the impressive DAC headphone amp in the market.”
From ZReviews' review of the SMSL M3 DAC/Amp, first published on April 9th, 2016:
“The line out makes all the difference for ease of use.”
“Quality unit. Powers everything I throw at it.”
“No character flaws in the audio that I could tell via ear.”
Editor’s note: Emphases ours.