ADL X1 DAC & Headphone Amp
A DAC and Headphone Amp for the Audiophile on the GoADL – Alpha Design Labs – creates innovative, smart-looking components for computer-based systems as well as personal and portable electronics. Tokyo-based ADL by Furutech™ aims high using the best materials and innovative design for an expanding line of Japanese-designed precision products including the superb sounding 24/192 ADL X1 Headphone Amp.
Headphone listening is an intimate sonic experience and most enthusiasts employ headphone amplifiers and a good pair of headphones much like ADL H118. Headphone amplifiers determine the quality of sound in hand with the headphones so both must be technically capable and offer fine sound as well.
The X1 is small, discrete but highly specified with inputs supporting iOS digital at up to 16/48 via APPLE MFI certified USB cable for iPod, iPhone and iPad devices. The X1 also runs 24/192 SPDIF with high resolution files from MAC and PC via USB output. There’s an analog line-level 4-pin 3.5mm input and a 4-pin 3.5mm output for headphones in the 12~600 ohm range. The 4-pin input supports 3.5mm Remote and Mic Earphones. The 3.5mm TOSLINK optical output delivers SPDIF up to 24/192. There’s a convenient GND TRRS switch making it easy to change from one 4-pin set of ‘phones to another. No drivers are needed with Mac computers while a single standard driver is available for Windows computers.
USB mini-B socket for USB A output from PCs and charging battery USB A socket for iDevice output via APPLE MFI-certified USB cable Headphone and Analog out-1 (front) (4-pin) 3.5mm connector for headphones and analog output Headphone and Analog out-2 (rear) (3-pin) combined 3.5mm connector for headphones Line input (4-pin): 3.5mm phone jack for analog input (switched) Mini-optical connector output High-performance 24-bit/192kHz XMOS USB and ESS-ES9023 DAC chip Digital Inputs For iOS, PCs • Superb Sound! DD Converter (3.5mm TOSLINK optical output) Supports ASIO and Asynchronous mode Goes Anywhere , Stacks Easily Elegant Appearance Low Jitter Stacks easily Fits in the palm of your hand Enjoy music anywhere Beautifully-finished aluminum and ABS plastic casing Doesn’t draw power from connected iDevice’s battery Headphone and output can connect to home stereo system Line input improves sound of portable analog audio sources