For those potentially interested in combined DAC/amp products (sometimes referred to as “all-in-one”, or AIO), which seems to be something of a swelling tide lately, I thought you might be interested in this little box:
It’s a balanced, discrete R-2R, DAC and headphone amp, in a compact form-factor, from Holo Audio the same designer/company that developed the Spring DAC (one of my favorite high-end DACs). It’s on kind loan from Kitsune HiFi, the US face of Holo Audio.
Once I’ve had a proper chance to listen to it, I’ll post some impressions/a review. Chances are I’ll also compare it to the RME ADI-2 DAC, Soekris dac1421/dac1541 at a minimum (open to suggestions for other, similar, units of interest), since they’re in the same fundamental space.
It’s a very pretty and extremely solidly built little unit … and delivers quite a bit more grunt than I was expecting. Saying more than that, however, requires proper listening (should be a fun weekend).