looking for well-rounded portable headphone amplifier? well, then the Sony PHA-2 Portable High Resolution DAC and Amplifier might be worthily of an investigation. the PHA-2 promised to up the ante of your on-the-go music enjoyment and it is the first portable DAC/amplifier to be compatible with virtually every high-resolution digital file format, including up to 192 kHz/24-bit PCM, as well as both DSD (2.8 MHz) and Double DSD (5.6 MHz). of course, you can also expect upgraded sound quality with your regular MP3 files, as well as music from other sources.
other highlights include direct digital connection for PC and Apple devices, asynchronous precision USB clock for jitter-free sound, premium DAC with separate operational and headphone amps, adjustable gain, a lithium-ion battery up to 17 hours of usage (6.5 hours with digital connection), line-out for hooking to external amp or active speaker and last but never the least, a Sony-sleek, durable aluminum enclosure with protective zinc die-cast bumpers to protect the volume control and headphone connector from knocks and bumps.
it all sounds awesome, but there’s just one catch here: with a sticker of $599.99, the Sony PHA-2 Portable High Resolution DAC and Amplifier is obviously geared towards absolutely serious music lovers. coming soon in March 2014.