The Google Pixel 6 range will soon work with more external DACs. That's thanks to the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro supporting Direct USB Access, which will let them play nice with more USB DACs.
The feature will arrive as part of an update in June, 9to5Google (opens in new tab) reports. You'll need a compatible USB DAC, as well as an app that supports the feature.
Thanks to the feature being in beta, we know roughly how it will work. A Twitter user going by the name of @mile_freak07 (opens in new tab) was able to listen to hi-res music through an AudioQuest DragonFly Red DAC working with their Pixel 6 phone, along with both the HiBy (opens in new tab) and Neutron Music Player (opens in new tab) apps.
However, hi-res music streaming service Tidal isn't yet supported. There's no word on whether Qobuz works as yet.
The feature is only confirmed for the Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro at the moment – Google hasn't said whether it will come to older Pixel phones.
The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro launched at the end of last year, shortly after the iPhone 13 range. With starting prices of £599 / $599 / AU$999 for the Pixel 6 and £849 / $899 AU$1299 for the 6 Pro, they're some of the more affordable ways to get a well-specced handset. And with high refresh rate screens (90Hz for the Pixel 6, 120Hz for the 6 Pro), great cameras and some unique Google software smarts, they're very tempting indeed at this price.
The better external DAC compatibility only makes them more appealing to audiophiles.
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