Questyle Audio CMA600i DAC Headphone Amplifier

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The CMA600i DAC headphone amp is the baby brother of the Questyle CMA800i.

Like the CMA800i, the CAM600i inherits the patented current mode topology of the original CMA800 amp at a more affordable price.

Current Mode Amplification (CMA)

CMA is the patented design used in Questyles flagship CMA800R headphone amp. Current mode amplification uses transistors to amplify. While the core amplification takes place in the current domain in pure Class A, the output stage can be changed to either class A or AB. The structure of the CMA amplification circuit is completely different from the traditional voltage mode amplifier.

The capacitance between the transistors, which affect the speed and bandwith, operate at a very low impedance. The full power bandwith of the entire amplifier loop is very similar to the bandwith of a closed loop. The SR grows linear with input signals and a strong, speed negative feedback loop. These features not only eliminate the TIMD, but also achieve amplification with a wide bandwith and ultra-low distortion.

Affordable featured all-in-one device

The Questyle Audio CMA600i headphone amplifier section follows Questyle’s patented "Current Mode Amplification" design used in their flagship headphone amplifier, the Questyle Audio CMA800R.

The CMA600i has impressively low 0.00034% distortion, with up to 950mW on tap, for low impedance headphones. The CMA600i can also handle heavy loads with a 4-pin balanced XLR connection to maximize sound quality.

The entry-level CMA600i utilizes a USB port that adopts a unique 3X Clock structure. This ensures a proper sync with the premium AK4490 32-bit DAC chipset from AKM.

The chipset includes a newly developed switch capacitor filter "OSR Doubler" that greatly reduces sound degradation from noise shaping, achieving a flat noise floor up to 200kHz! The AK4490 chip obtains first-class sound performance by also reducing jitter and pre-ringing to undetectable levels.

Premium DAC section with True DSD

Unlike other DACs that claim DSD support, yet in actuality provide DoP (DSD over PCM), the Questyle Audio CMA600i accepts the DSD bit-stream directly from your computer, bypassing your computer’s audio processing and digital volume control as well as the Questyle Audio CMA600i’s digital filters, to provide True DSD, the way it was meant to be heard.

Supports highest quality formats

The Questyle CMA600i is designed to grow with your music collection. As well as supporting standard digital files via USB, toslink or coaxial SPDIF connection the CMA600i is also fully compliant with files up to DSD256 and PCM 384k/32bit over USB.

Separate pre-amplifier section

The Pre-Amplifier output is another shared feature of the Questyle Audio CMA800i and CMA600i.

Many manufacturers, when designing an all-in-one model, use the headphone amplifier circuit loop to support the pre-amplifier output to reduce costs.

To achieve the best possible sound performance, the Questyle Audio CMA600i is designed with a totally independent pre-amplifier.

10mm Thick Aluminium cover and bottom chassis

The Questyle Audio CMA600i’s aluminum chassis is produced by Foxconn, using precise CNC tooling machines. The upper cover and bottom chassis “mutual bit” structural design, provides the Questyle Audio CMA600i with stable heat, excellent control of sympathetic vibration and excellent shielding from RFI/EMI radiation.

Press and Reviews

HiFi Plus Review

by Chris Martens
Apr. 2017

Headphone Guru Review

by Eric Neff
Oct. 2016

Audio Head Review

by Staff
Sep. 2016

"Questyle Audio has done it again!

This is a near reference unit for a quarter of the price usually associated with reference level performance. The attractive industrial design coupled with their patented current mode pure class A output provides the listener with stellar sonic reproduction.

— Eric Nuff, Headphone.Guru

"There is a subtle finesse to the CMA 600i that brings some very fine hues to the LCD-4 in this configuration... It aims to please, and its tight and dynamic recreation of music should supply any full-sized headphone with exactly what it needs to get the job done right."

— Audiohead Review


Patented Current Mode Amplification
DAC supports true DSD 64 & 128 version and PCM
IIR . FIR digital filter
Support pre-amp output
Support Pure HP Amp mode
Supports 4 pin balanced headphone output


Analog Output
Balanced (XLR) and unbalanced (RCA)
SPDIF input and output, USB Type B input
SPDIF input and output, USB Type B input
Internal DAC output, or Eexternal RCA input, switchable
Output-Headphone Amp
Dual 6.35mm standard stereo jacks
USB PCM44.1k/16-32bit and DSD64, DSD128, DSD256 following standard SACD format


Digital Filter PCM Mode Fixed Filter
Digital Filter True DSD Mode No Filter


Frequency DC-100kHz(+0, -0.7 dB); DC-200kHz(+0, -1.7dB)
Gain 13.4dB (4.7 times)
Max Output Amplitude XLR: 8Vrms; RCA: 4Vrms
Max Output Power 220mW (8.1Vrms) @300ohm; 950mW (5.5Vrms) @32ohm
PC OS to Match USB Input Win XP, Vista, Win7, Win8 and MAC OS
Power Consumption 18W
Sensitivity 1.7Vrms
Signal SPDIF input and output: Standard PCM 44.1k-192k/16-24bit
SNR-DAC/Preamp RCA: >105dB; XLR: >121dB
SNR-Headphone Amp 113dB
THD+N-DAC/Preamp RCA: <0.00082%; XLR: <0.00064%
THD+N-Headphone Amp 0.00057%@1kHz, Po=100mW,300ohm; 0.0034%@1kHz, Po=50mW,32ohm
USB Supported Kernal Stream WASAPI, ASIO, KS
Voltage 100-120V or 220-230V Switchable


Dimension 330mm(W) x 300m(H) x 55mm(L)