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post #31 of 34
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Originally Posted by AudioHi View Post
LOL! Ahhh... My old Monica 2! Doesn't really count since it was a DAC rather than an amp (needed an external amp), but I loved that thing. I miss it like you wouldn't believe. That thing sounded amazing. I actually liked it better than the Monica 3, but that may just be due to system synergy. *sigh*

Personally, I think Ray Samuels makes the best looking amps. Every last piece of hardware he's created is a thing of absolute beauty. Those amps have poor synergy with Future Sonics IEMs (which work better with brighter, more sterile amps, whereas RSA amps are more properly balanced), but I miss my Tomahawk sometimes simply because it was so damn pretty and well-made.
post #32 of 34
It's a DAC/amp rather than an amp, and for a laptop so more transportable than portable... oh and it's not released yet... but with all those caveats in place, I find this little thing very cute:


Headphonia DAC Stick
post #33 of 34
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Originally Posted by EddieE View Post
It's a DAC/amp rather than an amp, and for a laptop so more transportable than portable... oh and it's not released yet... but with all those caveats in place, I find this little thing very cute:

[IMG]http://www.headphonia.com/images/product_images/popup_images/10127_0.jpg[IMG]
Headphonia DAC Stick
That does look pretty cool.
post #34 of 34
Yeah I'm pretty much sold on it, if their form from the Arrow 12HE is anything to go by, it should be good. Out late May. Some info:

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Although it measures only 49 mm x 38 mm and is just 16mm thick, it will drive any headphones <350 ohms with authority. The stick automatically boosts the standard USB 5V output to 18V giving it driving power approaching that of many stationary headphone amps (at a fraction of the size and cost). You can use the stick on any USB port providing 500mA output current. This is the standard for most primary USB ports.


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The DAC section is based on the newest generation of our USB DAC cable. Texas Instrument's PCM2707 chip receives the USB digital data, converts it into I²S format and sends it to the Wolfson WM8740 DAC chip. This technology produces analog audio of exceptional clarity and depth. The ultra-low noise AD8656 is used to buffer the DAC. Digital and analog power paths are driven by a low-noise regulator and separated through ferrite beads for minimum noise. It will even provide noise free sound from "noisy" USB ports such as those often found on hubs.
Headphonia.com - USB DAC Stick Headphone Amplifier (Sound Card)
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