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Cowon reveals Plenue M high definition audio player and DAC

September 3, 2015 by Tom in Audio, DAC, MP3, PMP with No Comments.

Following up the Plenue 1 is the new Cowon Plenue M high definition sound portable audio player. The plush brushed metal unit features a Burr-Brown PCM1795 24bit / 192kHz DAC and stereo crosstalk, in conjunction with the JetEffect 7 & BBE sound technology that offers 10 band EQ adjustment. The EQ includes 66 preset values, including the new Chorus sound. The player also has a variety of skin options, which offer real-time accurate monitor readings. The Cortex dual-core processor runs on a Linux-based system - price and release date tba. [gallery link="file"] Via imp3

New TEAC HA-P90SD high-resolution audio player doubles as a portable DAC and headphone amp

August 27, 2015 by Tom in Audio, DAC, MP3, PMP with No Comments.

  The new hi-res audio player from TEAC is the HA-P90SD, a unit that doubles as a high-end DAC and amp for headphones. The unit carries a high quality Burr Brown PCM1795 DAC through which to play the audio provided via microSD, USB or connected source. iOS and Android devices can use the dedicated TEAC Audio HR Player app to make sure it’s getting the signal it wants from the start.   High-res audio up to 24-bit/192kHz is supported, as well as Direct Stream Digital (DSD) at 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz. Supported file types include WAV, FLAC, MP3, AAC, DSF and DFF.   Also inside are Burr Brown OPS1602 SoundPLUS op amps, dual sample clocks and push-pull circuitry.   The aluminium unit comes in the choice of red or black and the built-in battery of

Audeze Deckard Blade Runner inspired headphone amp made with BMW out now

July 23, 2015 by Tom in Amp, Audio, DAC with No Comments.

There are plenty of top-quality headphone amps out there but the Audeze Deckard has a couple of notable points that make it stand out. Namely, it's named after Harrison Ford's character in Blade Runner and the case was designed by BMW Designworks. The Deckard debuted at CES in January but has this week found its way to stores. It features Class A amplification and packs in a high-performance DAC for audio up to 32-bit/284kHz. The amp has a matching set of headphones, the Audeze EL-8s, but they don't have the name of a classic sci-fi character. The controls on the front are simple switches that flick between inputs and change gain from mid, low and high. The Audeze Deckard is out now for £599 (US$930). Via whathifi

Kawaii! Chord 2Qute DAC released

April 30, 2015 by Tom in Audio, DAC with No Comments.

First announced at CES 2015, the small but powerful Chord 2Qute standalone DAC is just gone on general sale. This model supports coax, optical and USB, and updates the previous Qute EX with the latest Hugo DAC specifications, including 'pure' DAC that uses no amp and distortion levels of 0.0003%. It also operates driver-free on Apple and Android devices and comes with drivers for Windows. It supports up to 32-bit/384kHz audio via coax and USB, as well as 24-bit/192kHz via optical. There are plenty of other specs and figures to drool over but keep in mind it's retailing at £995 (US $1530). Via hifipig

Onkyo three-in-one DAC, Headphone Amp & hi-res media player

April 2, 2015 by Tom in Amp, Audio, DAC with No Comments.

The Onkyo DAC-HA300 is a combo device that serves as a DAC for smartphones etc, a headphone amp and a standalone media player. The DAC-HA300 packs in a MUSES8920 op-amp and a 32-bit/192kHz TI Burr-Brown PCM1795 DAC. As a media player it sources from Android and iOS devices, or runs on its own via microSD card up to 128GB. It will launch at the end of April for the pretty high price of £499 (US $741). Via ubergizmo

Xiaomi to open official European webstore for headphones and accessories

March 5, 2015 by Tom in Amp, Audio, DAC, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

The much sought after Chinese brand Xiaomi is making it easier to buy its items in Europe through the impending but tba launch of a new branch of mi.com. Xiaomi's product line will be stripped back to the likes of power banks, the Mi Band and headphones with this step into the European market, which is similar to their US store steps. For the desirable tablets and smartphones, however, Xiaomi has no plans to dent the west with them but if the trial stores go well it'll no doubt spur on a push with the next generation of products. Via gizchina

Apogee releases big boost in small Groove USB headphone amp for laptops

January 24, 2015 by Tom in Amp, Audio, DAC with No Comments.

With a mind to bump the quality of Mac and PC laptop sound output on the go comes the Apogee Groove - a USB headphone amp that packs in a small digital-to-analog converter and amp. Power comes from the USB drive so there's no need for batteries and inside the penstick-sized aluminium unit is Quad Sum DAC tech that utilizes four converters per channel. It works with audio up to 24 bit/192kHz and has onboard controls for ease of use. It's out in March, price TBA. Via engadget

Z:ero earphones with built-in DAC and amp

January 19, 2015 by Tom in Amp, Audio, DAC, Earphones IEM with No Comments.

Z:ero earphones are trying to slim down the bulk of external headphones amps by putting the DAC and amp on the in-line controls. Rather than using the standard 3.5mm jack port, the Z:ero earphones use an Android devices mini-USB port. The sound is driven through neodymium magnets for high sensitivity pressure levels at 110-120db range. This is touted as offering quicker response time and more vibrant audio. This is a (funded) Indiegogo project and while the retail cost is unknown, early backers can still pick them up for $25. Via trustedreviews

Limited edition Creative Sound Blaster X7 USB DAC announced

January 15, 2015 by Tom in Amp, Audio, Creative, DAC with No Comments.

Creative has announced the forthcoming limited edition Sound Blaster X7 USB DAC. The Pearl White model can deliver 100W to passive speakers and includes a 1 ohm headphones amplifier. There's also a 24-bit/192kHz high-resolution 127db digital-to-analogue converter. The Pearl White model's specs differ slightly from the regular Sound Blaster X7 - check them out in the image below. Via fareastgizmos

Float On – another levitating Bluetooth speaker rises

September 7, 2014 by Tom in Amp, Audio, DAC with No Comments.

Joining Om Audio's floating Bluetooth speaker on the novelty speaker front is the ASWY floating Bluetooth speaker, from ASWY Taiwan. Demoing the speaker at IFA in Berlin, ASWY shed light on its three watts of power, five hours battery life and Bluetooth 4.0 support. The floating speaker also has a 3.5mm input and integrated mic, so speakerphone calls can be conducted like a sci-fi scene. It'll be out at $149 in November. Via engadget

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