New from Onkyo is this industrial looking, high end DAC (Digital Audio Converter), headphone amplifier, music player. Costing £499, the new DAC-HA300 features a slot accommodating up to 128 GB of music stored on a microSD card, an OLED screen, and playback controls. It will be available at the end of April.
The DAC-HA300 also serves as a self-contained media player and headphone amplifier, while a Micro USB Type-B input enables asynchronous D/A conversion of Hi-Res Audio from PC without the need to install drivers. The device also features a switching optical/coaxial/analogue input capable of accepting digital signals from connected devices up to a maximum 192/24 resolution, making it suitable for home, desktop, and portable use.
Compatible with Onkyo’s HF Player application for iOS and Android devices, the DAC-HA300 can be connected to the mobile handset via USB (standard Lightning cable for iOS devices, On-the-Go cable for Android). A free app upgrade to HD Player Pack enables output of Hi-Res PCM and 5.6 MHz DSD files at native resolution to the DAC-HA300 for decoding and playback—a first for the portable audio industry, claims Onkyo.
Constructed from durable aluminium with a volume control knob, bump protectors, and positive action gain switch, the DAC-HA300 includes a long-life internal lithium-ion battery that can provide approximately seven hours of playback when connected to an iPhone via USB Type-A input. It can be recharged via USB and PC or more rapidly with the supplied 5 V DC cable and plug.