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This Beautiful High-end Tube Amplifier is Also a Sound Dock for Both iOS and Android Phones

tube amp is definitely not new and so is sound dock. in fact, the latter is a little passe these days if you ask us, but that won’t be the case with the Lampion High-end Tube Amplifier + Sound Dock designed by Stefan Radev for a Danish start-up. sound dock by itself is, as said, is a thing of the past, but what Lampion High-end Tube Amplifier + Sound Dock has to offer is more than a sound dock. yes. it has docks for Android or iOS devices, but it also supports wireless audio streaming, along with RCA connectors and a pair of 3.5mm line-in audio jack. on top of all that, it has a tube amplifier, outputting 20 + 20 watts of audio and the device can be hooked up with external speakers or headphones, through a set of RCA jacks and a 14” headphone jack. Continue reading This Beautiful High-end Tube Amplifier is Also a Sound Dock for Both iOS and Android Phones

Meridian Prime Headphone Amplifier

you have put down good money for a pair of high-end headphones, now you own it to yourself and that shiny new headphones to ensure awesome tunes come pumping through and the Meridian Prime Headphone Amplifier is one worthy candidate if you have the extra bits of dough to spare. billed as a reference-quality analog headphone amplifier, the Meridian Prime Headphone Amplifier caters to virtually all types of headphone that deliver audio from both analog and USB-based sources. the design is unmistakably Meridian, which we must admit, was the first to draw our attention to it. clad in a Allen-Boothroyd designed metal enclosure, the Prime also offers a preamplifier output for driving an external audio system or analog active loudspeakers. the chassis’s design is more than just skin deep; it features a dual-skinned design of interlocking extrusions that is said to minimize the interference to the electronics within. Continue reading Meridian Prime Headphone Amplifier

Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC

heard a lot about DAC and how your demanding sound holes can benefit from it, but lack of the desktop real estate for one? well, then you will have no more such excuse for not getting one with the Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC. described as “pint-sized” by its maker, the DacMagic XS USB DAC is so called for its ridiculously small package which measures just 30 x 10 x 53.5 mm (1.2 x 0.4 x 2.1 inches) and that size, btw, is actually smaller than a regular matchbox. its high-quality 24-bit digital-to-analog converter uses asynchronous USB audio clocking that supports both USB Class 1 and USB Class 2 to output anything from regular MP3 files to high-resolution 24-bit/192KHz recordings, free from noise, jitter and distortion. Continue reading Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC

Sony PHA-2 Portable Hi-Res DAC and Amplifier

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. Continue reading Sony PHA-2 Portable Hi-Res DAC and Amplifier

Grace Digital Bluetooth Integrated Amplifier

give your existing speaker system, be it bookshelf, floor standing, or computer speakers, an instant performance upgrade with the Grace Digital Bluetooth Integrated Amplifier. available in 24-watt (GDI-BTAR122) or 100-watt (GDI-BTAR502) models, the Grace Digital Bluetooth Integrated Amplifier not only amps up your existing system with its built-in class D digital amplifier, it also features the latest Bluetooth technology for wireless audio streaming from any Bluetooth enabled sources of your choice. Continue reading Grace Digital Bluetooth Integrated Amplifier

Sony at IFA 2013

IFA is perhaps the next biggest consumer electronics show in global scale outside of North America and needless to say, electronics makers will not pass on this golden opportunity to show off their shiny new gadgets during this prestigious event. this year’s IFA sees Japanese electronics giant Sony introducing some very drool-worthy products ranging from smartphone to imaging devices to home audio system. there are so many awesome products that we could have missed if we chose to feature them individually (though we have already highlighted some over the last few days), but we are not giving any a miss and so, we decided that it is only fitting that we list them out here so that you will be in the know. all of them are worthy products that no tech enthusiasts should look past. so without further adieu, hit the jump for the some Sony gadget galore aka Sony at IFA 2013. Continue reading Sony at IFA 2013

GEEK USB Headphone Amplifier

so you got yourself a mega pricey, awesome audio cans, but what’s the point if your laptop can’t power it to make your money you dropped on the headphones worth? a headphone amplifier should help to resolve that underpowered issue, but if you are going enjoy the same amped up music on the road, you will need a little assistance from the GEEK USB Headphone Amplifier. about the size of a USB flash drive, the GEEK USB Headphone Amplifier not only amplifies the output for clearer sound through your cans, but it also has a digital-to-audio converter (DAC) that processes the digital signal, letting you hear what the music is mean to be heard. the best part is, getting those awesome sounds only require you to plug the GEEK USB Headphone Amplifier directly into your laptop’s USB port, followed by your prized audio cans into its integrated 3.5mm audio headphone jack. speaking of which, it has not one but two audio headphone jack, so you and one other friend can enjoy to the awesomeness at the same time. Continue reading GEEK USB Headphone Amplifier

NuForce Icon DAC and Headphone Amplifier

Android users who are looking to up their ante in the audio department can finally rejoice. the latest incarnation of the NuForce Icon amplifier, the NuForce Icon DAC and Headphone Amplifier, now delivers the latest in mobile device connectivity by supporting USB audio for Android devices – though it is worthy to note that only devices on Android 4.1.1 and above, and with OTG will be supported. as the model name implies, this new Icon is both a Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) and a headphone amplifier, and it can also be used as a pre-amp. features include analog RCA and digital coaxial output, a 6.3mm headphone output jack, RCA and 3.5mm analog inputs, USB input, DAC sampling rates up to 96kHz, 32 bits resolution and direct-stream digital (DSD) decoding, and for headphones-based audiophiles, you’d be glad to know that it is capable of driving 600-ohm headphones, which means the audio cans amplification department is totally covered – even if you have the highest end audio cans. Continue reading NuForce Icon DAC and Headphone Amplifier

ASUS Xonar Essence STU USB DAC/Headphone Amp

looking for a USB DAC/headphone amp that is scalable without breaking the bank? well, the good news is, that ideal of yours ain’t too farfetched – thanks to the ASUS Xonar Essence STU USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier. while the Xonar Essence STU may looks like an external soundcard add-on for your computer, it is really more than that. based on ASUS Xonar Essence ST/STX, the STU offers an even more premium audio quality plus easy controls and connectivity for audiophiles who wants both a good DAC and headphone amplifier in one sleek unit. well, maybe it ain’t the sleekest of the sleek, but as far as geek’s gears go, it looks pretty ‘decent sleek’. Continue reading ASUS Xonar Essence STU USB DAC/Headphone Amp

ALO Audio Studio Six Headphone Amplifier

if you demand the best from your headphone when listening in the comfort of your own home, then there’s no doubt that you could get some boost from a serious headphone amplifier such as the ALO Audio Studio Six Headphone Amplifier. average joes probably don’t need a $4,900 headphone amp, but for audiophiles – especially those who believe in the warm, natural sound tube-based amplifiers have to offer. it is a serious piece of audiophile with a clean, contemporary design that comes in a choice of black or silver anodized, brushed aluminum enclosure. seriously, this thing is so design-clean and it has the neatest rear panel we have ever seen. no kidding and we not just saying because we have to, but it is the fact. just see it for yourself in the image gallery after the break (check out the neat engraved labels which they have also applied to label the tubes. awesome). Continue reading ALO Audio Studio Six Headphone Amplifier