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Aune - X1S - 32Bit/384K - USB DAC - Headphone Amplifier

Aune - X1S - 32Bit/384K - USB DAC - Headphone Amplifier

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The Aune X1S is the fifth generation in Aune's X1 series. This model is new for 2015 and is the first Headphone Amplifier at this price range to include the ESS Tech's 32-bit Stereo Audio DAC chip (ES9018K2M).

The DAC provides the industries highest performance 32-bit audio with unprecedented dynamic range and ultra low distortion. The Aune X1S operates in asynchronous mode with a jitter free clock to provide distortion free signal processing enhancing clarity and fidelity.

Aune enclosed the DAC in exceptionally high quality CNC'd aluminum following their trademark 'X' shape. The buttons and knobs have a premium quality typically only available in audio higher end audio components costing thousands of dollars.


4 Stars
Great Entry-Level Desktop DAC/Amp
PROS: Clean, detailed sound that works very well with warm HP & IEM. Lots of inputs. Nice size. Nice, big, smooth volume pot. Looks great. CONS: Made my neutral to bright cans overly bright for my personal taste. Large power adapter. Low-contrast text.
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Reviewed by:  from Portland, OR. on 12/2/2015
4/5
4 Stars
Great Value!
I purchased the X1S after the various shortcomings of my EMU 0404 became intolerable. The 0404 had great flexibility and served my needs for about 5 years before pot noise and, most egregious, frequent dropouts settled in. Installing the X1S was a snap although the user manual was obviously not written by someone fluent in English. Changing the filter setting requires continuous depression of the input button until the desired LED lights red. My HD600 phones can now finally live up to their well-deserved reputation. The bass is much tighter, mid-range is fluid with very well defined positioning, and the highs are liquid. Anna Netrebko sounds like she's in the same room. My only gripe is about the architecture. There's an Audio Out connection that I had assumed would allow the analog output of any selected input to be routed to desktop speakers. That output , however, works only with the output of the DAC - any device connected to Analog In is not connected. Also, the level of that output is always full line level.
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Reviewed by:  from Sammamish. on 2/7/2017
4/5

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