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Old 11-01-2015, 01:02 PM
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Default Cozoy Astrapi

Yesterday I got the chance to demo this little thing, all in all I was pretty unimpressed.
From the makers of the Alien Shozy I was hoping for something that sounded similar, and that could push past the standard volume output of the headphone jack from my Samsung Galaxy K Zoom (which apparently is a great sounding phone as well as camera efficient).
A/B testing was hard to do as the thing gets confused with both usb audio and headphone audio connected at same time (as well as bugs, feedback hiss noise etc), it meant I had to use one (usb audio) then pause 15 secs to compare to the headphone out (Poweramp also kept being buggy going from one to the other, I had to Force Stop the app and restart when switching audio output).

Basically I could not tell the difference at all, same volume being reached, same sounding.

This thing retails for $199 which I find a bit insane to be honest, $30 sure as a way around using a different output for audio.. but $200!

To be fair i didn't bother testing with PC.

There are lots of other USB DACs out there, in future I will seek out ones that look like they are going to at least provide more volume such as the Fiio E18 etc.

Oh well, just thought peeps might like to know.

Cheers,

Bruce
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