is coming out. No upsampling and asynchronous USB. It should be an interesting listen with all of the high quality 24/196 downloads coming out.
Edited by jamato8 - 12/22/11 at 10:00am
from the website... http://ibasso.com/en/news/show.asp?ID=112
32-bit ESS Technology ES9018
Just did some reading up on this component; seems like a beast.
How much do you think this potentially raises the cost of the device, and what price range do you guys see this falling into?
There is a special chip and license that goes with the iPod bypass and this doesn't have that. It is very expensive, from what I understand.
The chip that they are going to use in D7 is extreme. If implemented correctly, there would not be much that could touch it.
If they could possibly implement the P4 amp section with a switchable USB to battery power (external or internal pack) it would be even better.
The USB-powered amp section is limited by voltage....which would also limit portability if you wanted to use it as just an amp without the PC
The DAC section should be superior to any other portable DAC/Amp combo. To quote:
"The SABRE32 Reference audio DAC series is the world’s highest performance 32-bit audio DAC solution targeted for consumer applications such as Blu-ray player, audio pre-amplifier, A/V receiver and professional applications such as recording systems, mixer consoles and digital audio workstations. With ESS patented 32-bit Hyperstream™ DAC architecture and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator, the SABRE32 Reference Stereo DAC delivers an unprecedented DNR of up to 135dB and THD+N of -120dB, the industry’s highest performance level that will satisfy the most demanding audio enthusiasts."
Hopefully, it will be compliant with portable (Ice Cream Sandwich) Android 4.0-powered devices, like the Galaxy Nexus.
That's something to wait for. I hope that iBasso can release something that isn't a complete rip off like the Alo or Fostex offerings are.