ANNOUNCEMENT - WE ARE NOW DOING R&D ON EXPANDABLE STORAGE DUE TO OVERWHELMING HEAD-FI FEEDBACK! KEEP THE SUGGESTIONS COMING, WE WANT THIS TO BE THE PERFECT STREAMING PLAYER THAT ANY HEAD-FIER WILL BUY!
TELL US WHAT YOU WANT AND BE PART OF OUR R&D RIGHT HERE IN THIS THREAD!!!!!
Greetings, fellow audio addicts...
Echobox Audio https://www.facebook.com/echoboxaudio) has arrived at CES 2015 bearing post-holiday bundles of portable audio joy. And this isn't just any old juiced-up MP3 player.
Allow me to introduce you to the Echobox Explorer X1 - the first affordable media player designed from the ground up to cater to each and every one of the modern audiophile's needs and desires.
Have you ever owned a flask? It's one of those little things that you never really think you need, but once you've owned one and used it, it's hard to let it any further away than your jacket pocket when the occasion calls for it - just like a great pair of portables or earphones. A flask is the discreet, socially acceptable, yet rascally way around paying ten bucks a shot at a fancy bar or club without looking like a sketchy teenager sneaking around with an oddly-colored water bottle. It's one of those little secrets to life that not everyone discovers, but becomes a staple in your life once you do
While we don't encourage stashing a real flask on your person at all times (that's a bit excessive...even for us), you can fill its weekday void in your jacket pocket with the Explorer X1 and your favorite portables - and we are fully prepared to accept and cater to a very flexible definition of the world "portable." With it's discreetly flashy metal and genuine wood styling, a powerful 300 mw/channel 3.5mm spout that can drive all but the most demanding cans with finesse and ease, and an impressively neutral 24/192 Texas Instruments PCM1792 DAC that will put all but the most expensive portable DAPs to absolute shame, the Explorer X1 has the kick and the flavor to make serious full-sized cans shine, while keeping even the most sensitive IEMs hiss-free with a sub-1 ohm output impedance.
Now you might have noticed that we really want to show just how intentionally we've chosen every component of this player, and if you're as obsessive about the details as we are, you're still wondering what puts this pocket-sized gem so far ahead of the competition. While the Explorer holds its own against, and in some cases trounces, more expensive competition in terms of both form and functionality, we’ve got an ace up our sleeve. Actually two; after all, this is Vegas, baby
The Explorer X1 fills in one crucial component that has been missing from audiophile pocketables, and we wonder why the other guys didn’t see this one coming down the river: streaming
Even though most popular services aren’t up to audiophile snuff, Echobox knows that even the most critical audiophiles sometimes just want to rock out to some tunes we haven’t heard in a while, and the Explorer’s open Android OS puts just about every licensed streaming service at your fingertips, from the crowd-favorites like Pandora, Spotify, and Google Music (these last two now sport 320kbps streams, for those recoiling in compression-induced horror), to the truly audiophile-friendly lossless streaming services like TIDAL, WiMP, and Qobuz. That’s right - in case you’re behind the curve, the Android ecosystem has come into a handful or so of true lossless streaming services in the last few years, and they pack a punch. Nobody lives up to our full 24/192 potential yet, but seriously, we’re talking about enormous libraries of CD-quality music at your fingertips. Constantly.
But the Explorer’s streaming capabilities don’t stop at pulling fresh tunes from the cloud. To top it all off, the X1 sports an open bar of protocols to connect to nearby devices and pull music straight from them. Whether you keep your real collection on your phone, laptop, tablet, or whatever the hell else you’ve got stashed behind the bar, you can drink straight from the bottle by hooking up via WiFi or DLNA/Airplay to pull anything your heart desires from your collection right onto a handy little portable screen. (By the way, if you don’t mind the wires, we threw in an optical out. Just for you.)
And believe me, there’s more to come. Echobox is taking connected listening to a whole new level, using music to bring people together over great distances in true Head-Fi spirit. Just wait til you see what we’re sneaking into the party next - something we can share with everyone.
If you're in town, come stop by our booth (22060, South Hall) and take a pull from the Explorer X1. Oh, and our new all-titanium earphones (yeah, the whole housing, inside and out) that feature exclusive German-designed PEEK drivers and a tuning filter system, and punch at about double their $199 price point.
Also check out our website! www.EchoboxAudio.com
Edited by EchoboxAudio - 7/31/15 at 9:21am