EUROPEAN USB DAC/HEADPHONE AMPLIFIER 2015-2016
With a compact alloy case clad in high quality leather, this portable DAC/headphone amp is clearly aimed at the style conscious. Yet it’s certainly no slouch when it comes to sound. Inside its slimline case, an ESS Sabre DAC supports hi-res audio playback up to 384kHz LPCM and DSD256. The HA-2 sports two USB inputs (Type A and micro B) on the bottom and two 3.5mm sockets on the top. One of these is a headphone output, able to drive a wide choice of cans, the other socket doubling as an analogue input or a line output, enabling users to hook the device into a traditional hi-fi system. Able to work with a wide range of Apple and Android devices, the OPPO HA-2 is the smart choice for those seeking a polished-sounding and gutsy performer that’s keenly priced.