Just got an email about the ALO The Key USB DAC. Anyone has any prior beta experience with this little thing?
ALO The Key USB DAC
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Can anyone share some comparison between the Texas Instruments PCM5102A DAC found in The Key compared to the Cirrus Logic CS4398 DAC found in The Island. I'm thinking it would be a better value to just get The Island since it has an amplifier as well.
Don't know if The Key can be compared to the DF since it is just a DAC (or so I think) and probably lacks any kind of volume control. It's intended to be used with a separate amp.
I can see using this in a desktop setting where you have a dedicated amp (a Crack for me, thank you) and want a small DAC that you can keep out of the way - but it's hard to see why anyone would want separate DAC and amp in a mobile setting. I guess if you had to take your 384 files with you then this would be the thing.