Coming March 2014, Sony releases the PHA-2 – a portable rechargeable headphone DAC and Amp. Sporting features like PCM files up to 24 bit 192 Khz and even decodes DSD audio files. Portable DSD from the company that brought it to you!
Sony PHA-2 coming March 2014
Hi-Res audio: PCM 192kHz/24 bit, DSD 2.8/5.6MHz
Direct Digital Connection for PC and Apple® devices
Enhances non hi-res music sources (via analog input)
Asynchronous, precision USB clock for superior sound
Premium DAC with separate operational and headphone amps
Durable aluminum enclosure with protective alloy bumper
Selectable gain supports impedances from 8 to 600 Ohm
Lithium-ion battery for up to 17 hours battery life
Line-out to connect external amp or active speaker
Mounting straps, protection sheet and cables included
Also released (October 24, 2013) is this new app for playing those Hi-Res files:
You may be familiar with Canada’s Sim Audio, they’ve been producing top quality audiophile equipment since the 80’s. And if my phono preamp is any indication, this new offering in the form of a microphone preamplifier should be interesting. The headroom is very high, 32dBu! No overload indicator or level meters are provided. Take a closer look at the Moon Professional 3500MP:
Moon Professional 3500MP
A “purist design” for optimal sonic performance and lowest possible noise floor.
AC-coupled transformerless design for increased bandwidth and more accurate sonic reproduction.
Wide gain range of 8.0 to 66dB with -3.5dB of variable output trim.
Metal film resistors and polypropylene film capacitors.
2 fully independent audio channels, each on separate printed circuit boards.
No electrolytic capacitors in the signal path (non-phantom mode).
Built-in Power supply using 2 ultra-low noise toroidal transformers (1 for the audio signal circuits; 1 for 48V phantom and control circuitry).
Housed in an isolated enclosure constructed from satin coated 14-gauge steel, designed to eliminate all traces of AC artifacts.
Swiss-made 24-position gain potentiometers featuring gold-plated contacts and thinsurface-mounted film resistors with 1% tolerances.
High-reliability sealed relays and toggle switches.
High current output stage to accommodate very long cable runs and capable of driving 600ohm loads.
Rigid external chassis with solid aluminum front and side panels and heavy gauge steel on the top, bottom and rear panels for shielding from RF, EMI and external vibrations.
Circuit board with pure copper tracings and gold plating that yields low impedance characteristics.
Designed to be powered up at all times for optimal performance.