For serious audiophiles, none of our mobile devices, whether desktops, laptops, smartphones, or tablets can give them quite the audio rush that they get when listening through HiFi stereos and equipment. Something seems to be lost in the desire to be more portable and lighter. But now a new IndieGoGo project is aiming to bring HiFi audio quality, and you don’t have to lug around an external speaker just to do so.
The ZuperDAC looks like a small flash drive, but is in fact a portable HiFi USB-DAC that has the capability of transforming any of your mobile devices into a satisfying, HiFi system. All you have to do is plug it in the USB slot of your laptop or computer, or in Android devices’ case, use the OTG cable. Then you can plug in your earphones or headphones into the ZuperDAC, and voila, the device transforms your ordinary sounds into a HiFi party. And even though the device is just 46mm(L) x 23mm(W) x 10mm(H) it is still equipped with USB Audio Class 2 functionality, HiFi AudioDAC and Headphone Amplifier.
The ZuperDAC can support various sampling frequences, from CD quality to the High Definition Audio standard which is at 192kHz (compared to CD which is just 44.1kHz). It also supports up to 24-bit High Definition, which makes the sound quality so much better than your existing gadgets. The AudioDAC included in your tiny device has a patented 32-bit Hyperstream DAC architecture and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator. To complete the features, it uses the latest in headphone amplifiers which gives you pop-noise suppression.
The IndieGoGo campaign is still far away from its goal of $20,000. The good news is that you still have until May 11 to support the project. The lowest early bird rate is at $49 (excluding shipping) while if you want to get the Special Edition – ZuperDAC Red, you need to contribute $69.
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