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Arcam MusicBoost iPhone case with built-in battery, DAC and headphone amp

November 6, 2015 by Tom in Accessories, Amp, Audio, DAC with No Comments.

  The multi-tasking Arcam MusicBoost case for the Apple iPhone 6 and 6S juggles a number of jobs that’ll make phone use more pleasant (albeit it slightly bulkier).   The case contains a battery that’ll hold 120% charge, allowing it to work a few - sometimes vital - extra hours.   The battery also powers the built-in DAC and headphone amp, both of which should serve to significantly improve the already good quality audio output.   Music is served through the phone’s Lightning Port, so all audio output is boosted.   The unit will launch first in the UK in December, costing £120.   Via pocket-lint   [gallery link="file"]

Pioneer puts studio master quality audio in your pocket with XDP-100R hi-res audio player

September 11, 2015 by Tom in Audio, DAC, MP3, PMP with No Comments.

The Pioneer XDP-100R hi-res audio player will be one of the first products to support Meridian's MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) technology, which promises studio master quality audio on the go. The XDP-100R sports a 4.7-inch Full HD touchscreen display and runs on Android Lollipop so can support outside streamers such as Tidal, Qobuz and Spotify. It comes with the Onkyo music app out the box for quick access to hi-res audio, and the Pioneer X-DAP Link app is used for file transfers. For music loaded onto the player it supports the lot, from MP3 up to 24-bit/384kHz FLAC/WAV. The onboard battery gives 10 hours playback and it has 32GB storage, with support for two microSD cards, allowing expansion up to 288GB. The player also supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and contains

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 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

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