Onkyo’s new portable headphone digital-to-analog converter uses a Lightning cable to boost your iPhone’s sound


Most of us enjoy our audio, albeit from iTunes or Spotify or the like, on an iPhone when we are on the go. The reality is that while iPhones are a decent source for audio, the internal make-up isn’t as strong as it could be when it comes to enjoying your favorite tunes.

This is where a digital-to-analog-converter can really come in handy, taking the stress off your device and letting the DAC do all the work. Audio accessory maker Onkyo has a new solution that utilizes the Lightning port instead of the typical 3.5mm jack to provide higher-fidelity audio.

The Onkyo DAC/headphone amp offers all of the features that we’d expect in this type of solution: the ability to handle digital signals up to 24-bit/192kHz, a rechargeable battery with seven hours of run-time all in a portable package. It also comes with a microSD slot that is capable of holding 128GB of storage, which means you can transfer your high-quality audio to the DAC itself for listening on the go.

If you are interested in upgrading your portable audio experience, then a small DAC or amp like this is the way to go. There are a number of other options out there, even some that are made in America. If you buy a portable DAC you’ll need quality headphones to take advantage of that technology, we recommend checking out the Grado 325e or Audio-Techinca’s M50X.

The Onkyo DAC/headphone amp will have initial availability in Europe at the end of this month with a retail price of £499 or roughly $535.

Source: WhatHiFi

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