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iBasso DC01 Review

By | August 30th, 2019|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , |

The iBasso DC01 is a ‘pint-sized’ fully functional USB-DAC and amplification dongle with a 100% balanced 2.5mm TRRS output jack. It retails for around $50 depending on your location. Disclaimer: The iBasso DC01 was sent to us as a sample in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank iBasso for this opportunity. To learn more about […]

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Schiit readies Bifrost 2 w/ Unison USB, Asgard 3

By | August 28th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , |

Schiit has announced the third-generation Asgard headphone amplifier, the product that kicked the Californian company into life in 2010. The Asgard 3 promises a bigger power supply and lower noise than its predecessor with 3.5W RMS spilling into 32 Ohms from its Continuity circuit — that’s 3.5x Asgard 2’s power output. Price: US$199. Warranty: 5 years.

Continuity? From the press release: “Continuity extends the benefits of Class A outside of the Class A bias region, addressing the problem of transconductance droop identified by Bob Cordell and John Broskie.Read the full article

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T+A PA 1100 E Integrated Amp with DAC now shipping

By | August 23rd, 2019|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|Tags: , , , |

Herford, Germany-based T+A is introducing the PA 1100 E, an integrated amplifier with DAC.

According to the company, the PA 1100 E “has both analog and digital inputs and converts digital audio signals into analog signals of the highest quality via the high-resolution and extremely linear 32-bit D/A converter. The PA 1100 E can decode DSD signals (up to DSD 256) and PCM signals (up to 32 / 384), while providing the exceptional power and refinement the E series has become known for.”

The PA 1100 E can be ordered with optional HDMI input / outputs that enable high performance 2 channel amplification / integration into any video display.

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The DAP days are over (Part 5: iBasso DC01, DC02)

By | August 23rd, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

This is the fifth in a series of posts called ‘The DAP days are over’. You can find Part 1 here, Part 2 here, Part 3 here and Part 4 here.


First, it was Apple and iPhones. Then Google and their Pixels. This year, it’s Samsung’s turn. In the last 3 years, all have removed the 3.5mm headphone socket from some (or all) of their smartphones.

On wireless alternatives, Sony leads the pack with their Bluetooth WF and WM noise-cancelling models.… Read the full article

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Rupert Neve Designs announces Precision DAC, phono pre

By | July 25th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In 2016, the Godfather of studio consoles, Rupert Neve, took aim at the home listening market, turning audiophile heads by transplanting the headphone circuit from his 5060 Centrepiece Desktop Mixer into a standalone, 3-input, 1-output headphone amplifier: the RNHP. We previewed it at its RMAF debut here and reviewed it here.

Two years on, I still have an RNHP on my desk. Not only does the Neve amp have more micro-dynamic sparkle than the Schiit Jotunheim but its volume rotary offers a reassuring firmness found nowhere else at its sub-US$1000 (€539) price point.… Read the full article

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A short film about the dCS Bartók

By | July 20th, 2019|Categories: DAR, Head-Fi|Tags: , , , , , , |

dCS didn’t discontinue their long-running and Debussy DAC for nothing. In its place comes the Bartók, a D/A converter that contemporises the entry point into the Cambridge company’s range of über high-end hardware: the Ring DAC™, FPGA-centric DSP control board, all powered by a single transformer; plus Class A headphone amplifier with balanced and single-ended outputs that attracts its own transformer; plus a network streaming board. All up: £11,999.

On physicality, the Bartók enjoys none of the outgoing Debussy’s fascia-sculpt but what it lacks in outward aesthetic seduction, it more than makes up for in size and weight.… Read the full article

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Gold Note announces DS-10 streaming DAC

By | July 18th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

As teased at Munich High-End earlier this year, Florence’s Gold Note has announced the imminent availability of their DS-10 streaming DAC, one that features an internal headphone amplifier and switchable analogue pre-amplifier.

The DS-10’s broad range of streaming inputs (Wi-Fi and Ethernet) includes Roon, UPnP/DLNA, Spotify Connect, Airplay and V-Tuner, plus Tidal and Qobuz from a supporting iOS/Android app. A Bluetooth input is also present but advanced codec support is unknown at time of writing.

On physical digital inputs, the DS-10 gives us the following: a suite of 24bit/192kHz-capable S/PDIF (AES, coax, TOSLINK); an asynchronous USB-B input for connection to a Mac, PC or streamer that extends PCM capabilities to 32bit/384kHz and adds DSD128; a USB-A input for streaming from a directly-connected hard-drive.… Read the full article

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Yulong DA10 Review

By | July 17th, 2019|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Yulong DA10 is an all-in-one desktop pure DAC, preamp and balanced headphone amplifier featuring an AK4497 DAC and up to 3W of output power. Disclaimer: The Yulong DA10 sent to us is a sample in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank the team at Yulong and Shenzhen Audio for giving us this opportunity. […]

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Hifime’s €80 S2 DAC is for smartphones, PCs, Chromecast Audio

By | July 17th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

Looking at an AudioQuest DragonFly but wishing it had a TOSLINK input as well as USB? Hifime have you covered. Their matchbox-sized S2 USB DAC sports a microUSB input to work with PC/Macs and smartphones plus a mini-TOSLINK input for hooking in a TV, games console or Google Chromecast Audio (RIP). Only data can travels across a TOSLINK connection so the microUSB needs to see 5V of power from a ‘phone’ charger or battery pack.

The USB’s input power draw falls between 30mA and 50mA; well below the 100mA limit imposed by Apple on its iOS devices.… Read the full article

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10 more thoughts on the AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt

By | July 9th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

Relatability and inclusivity. The top two watchwords of the Darko.Audio YouTube channel that, as of this week, is now attracting as many unique visitors per month as the Darko.Audio website: 250,000 apiece.

In scripting, shooting and cutting a short film about an audio product, our intent is for the bigger picture not to be lost to the details that can otherwise cause the pursuit of better sound to be seen as an elitist geek fest. For some veteran audiophiles, that’s all part of the fun but for newcomers, too much tech talk is a turn-off.… Read the full article

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