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Furutech Alpha Design Labs Cruise & Stride DAC & Headphone Amplifier

post #1 of 26
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In Tone 39, they posted about a new portable amplifier. Called the Furutech Cruise, it looks like Ferrari had a bit to do with their design. I look forward to impressions of this because it could be the new state of the art portable amp!

 

Cruise1.png

 

Crise2.png

 

Just learned of a less expensive model called the Stride. It will be $350 and will not have the carbon fiber surface.

 

rsz_1cruise3.jpg


Edited by cifani090 - 8/22/11 at 10:31pm
post #2 of 26

Cool design, but perhaps not a very practical design.

post #3 of 26

Yeah not practical at all. I don't know what they were thinking with that unless it's much thinner than it appears to be in the pics. Whoever came up with that design ended up transforming it from a portable amp to a transportable amp. That's fine if that how they intended to market it, if not, then well......

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Originally Posted by MrProggie View Post

Cool design, but perhaps not a very practical design.

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Originally Posted by moodyrn View Post

Yeah not practical at all. I don't know what they were thinking with that unless it's much thinner than it appears to be in the pics. Whoever came up with that design ended up transforming it from a portable amp to a transportable amp. That's fine if that how they intended to market it, if not, then well......


The way i look at it, is you put the iPod,etc on the bottom, so that the rounder shape is what is in your palm.

 

post #5 of 26

It's probably not going in your pocket anyway, it looks neat...on a table it'd be fine.

post #6 of 26
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Originally Posted by scootermafia View Post

It's probably not going in your pocket anyway, it looks neat...on a table it'd be fine.


It will probably be carried around in a DHC cotton bagbiggrin.gif

 


Edited by cifani090 - 8/22/11 at 10:05pm
post #7 of 26
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Here is some specs;

 

  • 24/96 USB Input and Analog Line input
  • Beautifully-finished, lustrous carbon fiber and mirror-polish, nonmagnetic stainless steel
  • Fits in the palm of your hand! Enjoy your music anywhere, on your desk or on the go.
  • High-quality Volume/On/Off switch
  • 3.5mm analog line input or USB digital i nput
  • Runs on USB power, an AC/DC adaptor or the internal rechargeable battery
  • High-performance headphone amplifier

 

UPDATE: Will be out officially in about one month and will retail for $475 (Cruise) and $350 (Stride).


Edited by cifani090 - 8/22/11 at 10:10pm
post #8 of 26
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Originally Posted by cifani090 View Post

...the Furutech Cruise, it looks like Ferrari had a bit to do with their design.

 

I don't see Ferrari in it. Looks more like matching luggage for an SV-edition Lamborghini, if they ever came with one; but of course the CF texture parallels LV handbag prints, which goes well with the more flamboyant Lambo attitude, even if instead of SV-ed CF seats it comes with the screaming orange leather.

 


 

 

post #9 of 26

I'm a sucker for anything with carbon fiber.

post #10 of 26
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I'm a sucker for anything with carbon fiber.


Actually, me too - even just stick-ons. I got a diyMod cheap but waht got me into PM-ing the seller was the carbon fibre sticker that was already on it  :P  (Just don't expect me to line my car's hood with a stick-on as opposed to just getting a real CF hood.)

post #11 of 26

Seeing the updated pic just confirmed it. No way is that thing portable. But I still might be interest depending on how good it sounds. But my first need is for something portable, so this would have to be pushed on the back burner for me. Looking at the size, this thing should sound comparable to a fullsize desktop. If it does, then I could still have some use for it as a transportable rig for when I travel.

post #12 of 26
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Sources tell me that they are shipping next week, will possible have a review unit. biggrin.gif

post #13 of 26

who carries their amp in the palm of their hand? its form over function imo and that = fail. not a great sign that they have to spend a line to promote the on off switch as being high quality, while they give no other useful specs. at that price its up against some stiff competition and at the equivalent size you can pick almost anything.

post #14 of 26

Too big. =\
Who's going to take the plunge? :evil:

post #15 of 26
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Too big. =\
Who's going to take the plunge? :evil:


I might.

 

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