Small, MQA support for the Tidal crowd, Solid sound
I have the USB-C version and have been trying it out the past several days with the Google Pixel and the iPad Pro. So far, works like a champ in decoding formats, including MQA.
Sonically (I’m no expert here), I’d describe it as reasonably neutral. Comparing it to the Creative SXFi, it’s better sound-wise (better stage and resolution to me). It does lack the controls which I must admit, I really really like on the Creative but tops the Creative in most other places. No complaints here.
Build-wise, it feels reasonably solid. I’m a little worried about the durability of the braided cable for something that may get a lot of friction contact going in and out of pockets but we’ll see. It is more flexible, so I guess that’s the trade. The dac housing feels solid and, as I believe others have mentioned, will get a little warm when in operation for a bit but nothing concerning to me. Has little LED lights to indicate function, including whether it’s decoding MQA, which is a nice.
Overall, I think it’s a decent buy in the $50-70 given some of the features it has and size, would have preferred a not braided cable for this as I worry it’ll look pretty worn after a year.
Would recommend to a friend.