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
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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
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
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 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
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
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
We have here a quick and simple unboxing video of the FiiO E10 DAC and Headphone Amp. The video, laced with some smooth flowing beats, shows you just what to expect once you've received the lil' guy at your home, and what extras come with it. There's also a comparison of the E10 to other devices such as the FiiO E7 and even an iPhone. The nugget sized video was craftily done by YouTube member juantafanta, and definitely deserves a push from the 'like' button. Check it out now! via mp4nation/forum
Thanks to MP4 Nation forum member cathy cai for posting the review link, and thanks for ClieOS for writing it! The review is on FiiO's E10 USB DAC with Headphone Amp, and is done in typical ClieOS style - very thorough and well written with comparisons that helps set a bar for better understanding. The review - originally posted on head-fi.org - runs through the E10 from its (pre-release) packaging, through to the build and sound quality, and caps off with an overall conclusion, all the while dotted with great images and said comparisons. To get a proper scope on the FiiO E10, click on this here link! To join in on our E10 forum discussion, click on this link here!
We recently blogged a review on FiiO's E10 DAC Amp, and if you've read it and came to the conclusion that that's the DAC device you've been waiting all your life for then dally no further - we've now for the FiiO E10 at our web store and it is currently on a preorder price of USD$74.50 only! This great price wont last forever though as stock is expected to arrive by the end of this month, so you best hurry and grab it whilst it's hot! For those not in the know, the E10 is FiiO's latest 96k/24bit USB audio decoder (DAC) headphone amplifier that offers professional enhancement to your PC's on-board sound card, giving you great audio quality capable of driving high-end headphones. Check out the well written review here or simply go ahead and try it out for yourself by purchasing it here!