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Calyx Kong USB DAC/Headamp Reviews

Larryonfire

Calyx Kong - The little King

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Pros: great design, nice price, soundstage, open sound

Cons: only USB input, cd quality 16 bit/44kHz in and out, can run out of juice with power hungry headphones and some classical music

  Just had the Calyx Kong USB DAC/headamplifier home for two weeks, and I liked what I heard. Calyx Audio is a Korean brand, that for the time being make 3 different DACĀ“s, where the Kong i the smallest and cheapest model. So Kong is not King . The little Calyx Kong is cut out of a block of aluminium, so feels nice and heavy, weight 167 g. Cost around 135 euro. The connection is through USB and it gives you CD quality (16-bit/44kHz) in and out. The Kong have a nice open, fresh and pleasant sound. In some areas it beats much more expensive equipment, like the Musical Fidelity X-Can V8p DAC/ headamp, with a little bigger sound...
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