The Element III from JDS Labs offers to be the ultimate wire with gain. Are pure engineering and curious features enough to make some noise in the hyper-competitive DAC/AMP world? We will see if the $449 Element III has its own spot in the market.
SMSL C200 is the newest DAC/Amp in SMSL's lineup. It uses an ES9038Q2M DAC chip and can output up to 1.3W into 32Ω. The price is set at $219.
EarMen Angel is the newest device released by this brand. EarMen has always scored well on Ear Fidelity, so the Angel should be no different. It is a portable DAC/Amp and it's priced at $799.
Burson Playmate is the most affordable all-in-one in this Australian manufacturer's lineup. It uses an ESS9038 DAC chip and it provides up to 3W of power via its Class-A, SE output. The price is set at $544.
Hifiman EF400 ís the second all-in-one in Hifiman's history. It's fully balanced, built around an R2R DAC and a headphone amplifier that is told to be capable of running the Susvara. The price is set at $599.
The Aurora is the newest DAC/Amp combo by a Chinese manufacturer Yulong. It's designed around the latest ESS ES9068AS chip, also offering a Class-A headphone amplifier. It's priced at $520.
The SMSL HO100 is the newest budget headphone amplifier from SMSL. It can output up to 1.5W into 32ohm and it's priced at $149.
xDuoo TA-26 is a headphone tube amplifier using 6N8P and 6N5P tubes. It is priced at $319.
SMSL HO200 is a midrange headphone amplifier with plenty of power and balanced outputs. Its price starts at $399.
JDS Labs has made a name for itself rather quickly, thanks to their idea of a product that underpromises and over-delivers. It’s cheap, it’s made in the USA and it kicks butts. Now, it has a „+” in its name. The Price is set at $208 for the combo, let's go!