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FireStone Audio BlackKey USB Digital Audio Converter

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #35 in Sound Cards

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Pros: Super dynamic and entertaining. Prodigious bass impact.

Cons: It’s very excitable. Treble takes no prisoners.

Firestone Audio BlackKey Quick Review

 

Full Review at http://www.head-fi.org/t/691822/firestone-audio-blackkey-review

 

Thanks to Firestone Audio for the sample.

 

Brief:  A dinky, bouncy DAC/Amp to play with.

 

Price:  Normally 69 Euro but at present 55 Euro or about £46

 

Specifications:  Size: High 80.15mm x Width 20.4mm x Depth 18.1mm, Frequency response (from 40 Hz to 15 kHz): +0.04dB, -0.32dB, Noise level: -94.0dB, Dynamic range: 93.7 dB, THD %: 0.0070%, Stereo crosstalk: -90.6 dB, Support to 96kHz/24Bit, USB Interface: (A type) to USB Interface, System required: Windows XP/Vista/7, MAC OSX and Linux, Connectivity: USB interface (A type), Analog output: 3.5mm headphone jack, Dimensions : 8 x 2 x 1,8 cm, Weight : 23 gram

 

Accessories:  Erm a lid, if that counts.

 

Aesthetics:  It looks just like the other Key’s but this one sort of dark grey.  Shame it’s the least attractive colour of them all as I think it’s one that will be the biggest seller and hence most seen.

 

Build:  Yeah, it’s fine.  Looks accurately put together.

 

Power:  Loads actually.  Seemed happy driving even the big cans and the volume can go make you deaf loud with ease.  Remember that or you’ll hurt yourself!

 

Sound:  Rather unflat.  These have a bit of a V shaped sound and they are more than a touch exuberantly dynamic in the attitude to music.  They love to fly all over the place and thrill you.  Soaring and sweeping, descending to nothing then to come crashing out of nowhere.  These like to party and have a playfully gay old time.  I can’t say it’s what I’d suggest if you’re after some frightfully carful and precise monitor but I suspect most people aren’t.  These then are a fabulous option to sidestep that crappy laptop headphone out socket and to give you some cheap acoustic thrills.  The detail levels are great but most of all it’s a dynamic thrill ride and while I might not want it to be all I ever heard again its very entertaining.  However this meant for me that mole relaxing music lacked that languid hint where notes seem to linger if not just halt for that briefest instant, where it wants to slow things and melt together.  The BlackKey wants everything to be open and dynamic.  One negative there is that it’s not subtle in the highs and if you pair with hard or gritty treble it’s not forgiving in the least

 

Value:  Super fun to use and for the sound quality / entertainment value it’s a steel.  It’s got a pretty narrow use case scenario, I mean it’s clearly meant to go in the side of a laptop but I think that’s a pretty big user base isn’t it?  That’s got to be a very large chunk of the world’s student population for a start.  Not sure its sound sig is study inducing but it’s certainly oodles of fun.

 

Pro’s:  Super dynamic and entertaining.  Prodigious bass impact.

 

Con’s:  It’s very excitable.  Treble takes no prisoners.

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FireStone Audio BlackKey USB Digital Audio Converter
Description:

The PC is one of the most common ways to enjoy music these days, but the quality of the built-in audio is simply too noisy and poor in quality. The Firestone Audio BlackKey USB DAC is designed to fix that problem. Designed for both the portable and home use, the Firestone Audio BlackKey USB DAC is the smallest option to increase the sound quality from your PC or laptop and is extremely cost effective too. It is made by Firestone Audio, so you can be sure of perfect quality and sound.Features:Size (HxWxD): 3.2" x 0.8" x 0.7"Frequency response (from 40 Hz to 15 kHz): +0.04dB, -0.32dBNoise level: -94.0dBDynamic range: 93.7 dBTHD %: 0.0070%Stereo crosstalk: -90.6 dBSupport to 96kHz/24BitUSB Interface: (A type) to USB InterfaceSystem required: Windows XP/Vista/7, MAC OSX and LinuxConnectivity: USB interface (A type)Analog output: 3.5mm headphone jack

Details:
DetailValue
BindingElectronics
BrandFireStone Audio
ColorBlack
EAN4716329380483
FeatureDesigned for both the portable and home use Designed for Windows XP/Vista/7, MAC OSX and Linux
LabelFireStone Audio
ManufacturerFireStone Audio
ModelBLACKKEY
MPNBLACKKEY
PublisherFireStone Audio
StudioFireStone Audio
TitleFireStone Audio BlackKey USB Digital Audio Converter
SKU4716329380483
CatalogNumberList - CatalogNumberListElement4716329380483
Package Height2 inches
Package Length6.4 inches
Package Weight0.15 pounds
Package Width2.7 inches
PackageQuantity1
PartNumberBLACKKEY
ProductGroupReceiver or Amplifier
ProductTypeNameAUDIO_OR_VIDEO
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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