McIntosh will soon release its grandly-titled ‘Portable Decoding Amplifier’… or, for you and me, a portable headphone amplifier with a built-in DAC&mdashthe MHA50.
Though it looks a lot like a smartphone, and it’s about the same size as your average smartphone, the McIntosh MHA50 has no file storage on board. You send digital signals to it (via USB or wirelessly via Bluetooth aptX) and it will decode these signals (it supports up to 32-bit/192kHz PCM, DSD256 and DXD384 files as well as asynchronous USB) into analogue signals… but there is no analogue input and only an analogue output. ...reprinted by kind permission of Greg Borrowman Editor Australian Hi Fi magazine click to read full story
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