Splash out £499 on an Onkyo DAC-HA300 and you can add 24-bit/192kHz and DSD audio capability to your iOS or Android portable.

If you have an iPhone or Android smartphone or tablet and want to add high-resolution audio capability, Onkyo's new DAC-HA300 digital-to-analogue converter/headphone amp can oblige.

It connects via USB to an iPhone or Android handset (using an Apple Lightning connector or Android On-the-Go cable) and then syncs with Onkyo's HF Player app. A free upgrade to the HD Player Pack app enables output of high-res PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) or 5.6MHz DSD audio files to the DAC-HA300 for decoding and playback.

In addition, the DAC-HA300 serves as a standalone media player and headphone amp. It has a slot to accommodate up to 128GB of music on a microSD card, and is equipped with a micro USB Type-B input for asynchronous digital-to-analogue conversion of high-res audio from a PC without the need to install drivers.

It also has a switchable optical/coaxial/analogue input capable of accepting digital signals from connected devices up to a maximum resolution of 24-bit/192kHz.

Onkyo says the DAC-HA300 uses a MUSES8920 op-amp, a fully discrete push-pull output stage and a selectable gain adjustment function. Its 32-bit/192kHz TI Burr-Brown PCM1795 DAC was chosen for its "low out-of-band noise performance and excellent resistance to jitter".

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The unit is powered by an internal lithium-ion battery which gives around seven hours of playback when connected to an iPhone, and can be recharged via USB when connected to a PC or using the supplied 5V DC cable and plug.

Constructed from durable aluminium, the Onkyo DAC-HA300 will be available in black for £499 from the end of April 2015.

 

Rugged aluminium casework protects the DAC-HA300 from knocks

Comments

PeteKern's picture

It looks pretty nice, a

It looks pretty nice, a proffesional accessory for your phone, though the price tag is a bit high. Can't you get just a good music player for the same amount, sure it's not portable, but for the use at home... I guess I'm not the market they're targeting with this product. Smile

Jacore's picture

Onkyo genius.

Well Onkyo are displaying some great ingenuity lately- it looks very good - love the inputs. I really wish a smartphone manufacturer would take a bet on producing an Audiophile grade smartphone out of the box. I'm not talking about the obscure models coming out of China. Maybe HTC, Samsung or Apple. Right now if it happens to have a decent DAC like the Note 4 Exynos' Wolfson you have to go read about it in the fineprint and hope and pray you get the right model. For once I would like to see something specifically aimed and touted as a high-end sound device. 

Graham Luke's picture

Great point, Jacore.

Great point, Jacore.

I'd love to see an iPhone aimed at music listeners with top DAC and amp. There are so many DAP's hitting the shelves at the mo.

Sadly, it'll never happen. Apple seems to perversely ignore many trends and NEVER listen to their customers. They ALWAYS know best and they'd claim their current massive success bears that out.