There’s no question that, over the past three years, ESSTech has completely dominated the premium portable digital audio segment. The fab-less circuit design firm kicked things off in 2014 with the introduction of the now-ubiquitous ES9018-2M, a mobile-minded DAC chip designed as a two-channel die shrink of the venerated 8-channel ES9018S (itself the evolved production […]Read More The Biz: Asahi-Kasei and ESSTech go to war over mobile superiority
With the next generation Apple iPhone 7 set to be announced imminently, many people have bemoaned Apple’s decision (not 100% confirmed, but essentially a foregone conclusion, based on the substantial and numerous rumors) to remove the 3.5 mm analog jack from the phone. Not only have highly influential e-zines such as The Verge have come […]Read More Op-Ed: Embrace the Jack-less revolution!
Editor’s Note: We thank iFi Audio and the Evergeneral Trading Corporation for their immense patience and coordination. We held onto the review loaner unit of the iUSB 3.0 for way longer than we’d originally intended, and their patience is much appreciated! We reviewed the original iUSBPower by iFi Audio about two years ago (review link) and […]Read More iFi Audio’s iUSB 3.0: Next Generation Power
Editor’s Note: Another incredibly late article — apologies to everyone all around! We’re extremely limited on time! Last year, I had the good fortune of meeting with Jason Lim, co-founder and former CEO of Nuforce. Since leaving Nuforce (the company is now a subsidiary of Optoma), Mr. Lim has been busy. He founded Heap Venture, […]Read More Celsus Sound: Trailblazing Wireless Freedom
Editor’s Note: Victor leads us on a trip into the realm of DAPs, with additional insight and commentary by Mr. T. Special thanks to longtime reader and good friend Moe, who helped us fact check and gave us numerous additional resources. If we look back at the annals of [recent] history, we’ll notice that the […]Read More The Biz: Where is Portable Audio Going? An Overview of the New Age DAP Market
We didn’t get to listen to it at all, as the operating system froze and crashed repeatedly; turning the power knob to the ‘OFF’ setting couldn’t even turn it off — we had to wait until the battery drained. A very bad sign indeed. The build quality feels similar to that of the lower cost […]Read More In Pictures: TEAC HA-P90SD
It’s been a busy few weeks for me lately, but I managed to sneak a few hours away from work to attend a local presentation by CHORD Electronics’ head honcho John Franks and lead designer Rob Watts. By now, most people fixated on the high-end of portable audio have heard of the Hugo. When it […]Read More John Franks’ & Rob Watts’ baby, the Chord Hugo