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The Island

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Product Description

The power and performance of balanced audio has arrived in The Island. Spacious sound stages delivered with a superior sonic punch. Chewy bass lines underpin sparkling highs.

A custom machined volume knob paired with 3 gain stages gives you fine control. The 24 Bit / 192 kHz capable Cirrus Logic CS4398 DAC chip offers plug and play convenience. High-fidelity asynchronous, balanced performance on both PC and Mac. (PC’s need the included drivers for 24 Bit /192 kHz playback.)

A simple anodized aluminum enclosure makes The Island a solid choice for portable listening. With your laptop as well as home desktop listening sessions. Available in Blue, Gold, Silver and Black anodized finishes. Get yours today!


"There is much to like about the tiny little Island DAC/AMP. The form factor and intuitive volume dial does make it wonderfully suited to an audiophile’s or road warriors laptop toolkit and it’s warm, bassy spacious tonality with a very flexible power handling makes the Island a “jack of all cans” that allows it to work well with a wide array of headphones even the LCD-2 rev 2. "



"The all-metal construction and solid feeling volume control knob imbue the Island with a high-end feel. Thanks to the big knob it's easier to dial-in exactly the volume you want than it is with volume up/down buttons. A lot of USB-powered digital converter/headphone amps don't seem all that powerful, but the Island had no such problem"

-Steve Guttenberg,


"PUNCHY. The Island, like other ALO offerings, is sleek and finely built. You can really tell these guys spend a lot of time into crafting each of their offerings, with attention to design and usability. The Island comes in 4 different aluminum colors to suit your fancy, with a nice oversized volume pot for easy control."

-Stan Ahn,


Part-Time Audiophile

"The whole of it is an eye-catcher. Everything counts, and ALO seem keenly aware of this; the Island is a knock out, aesthetically and musically. The Island is a little beast, but it also knows how to finesse when called upon. If you’re in the market for a portable desktop DAC/amp, give it a serious look."

-Mike Mercer,

"Overall, detail retrieval was excellent, in fact, some of the best I’ve heard with the Senns (HD800)... It offers far too much performance at far too low a bar-to-entry to be anything but “Highly Recommended” — and claim a spot on the Most Wanted list."

-Scot Hull,


Available in Gold, Silver, Black

Size and Weight

L: 3.24” W: 1.25” H: 1.25”  |  WEIGHT: 4oz

Inputs / Outputs

Input: USB mini-B  |  Output: 1/8” Stereo-Mini Jack, Mini Balanced


1 year limited product warranty from ALO Audio. Find out more here.

Tech Specs


    Input   1 x mini -USB

    Output  1 x 3.5mm stereo jack socket

    Output  1 x Stereo jack(Balanced)


    Input USB 2.0 Audio Format,

    Output stereo analog

 Sampling Frequency

    44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4khZ, 192kHz


    16 up to 24 bit

  Frequency response:

    5-22kHz (+/-1dB) 


    0.001% @ 1kHz


    5V DC from USB bus

    Amber indicator light illuminates when powered.   

Output power - UnBalanced :

     130 mW @ 32 Ohms

     200 mW @ 50 Ohms

     168 mW @ 300 Ohms

     83   mW @ 600 Ohms

 Output power - Balanced :

     130 mW @ 32 Ohms

     200 mW @ 50 Ohms

     660 mW @ 300 Ohms

     330 mW @ 600 Ohms



In The Box

In the Box: Headphone amplifier, USB A - USB mini B cable

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