THX Onyx – The Unique USB-C Headphone DAC

This one’s for all you audiophiles out there. The THX Onyx is a portable digital-to-analog-converter (DAC) and amp combo, that will give you master-quality audio … however, it w ill cost you USD $199.99 :O

Taken from Engadget … When it comes to mobile audio, sometimes the sound your phone and headphones muster just isn’t enough. That can be especially true if you prefer a set of wired cans over anything wireless. To achieve the ultimate audio on the go, you’ll likely need a high-res player or a portable digital-to-analog-converter (DAC) and amp combo. There are a number of options already on the market, but today immersive audio and video tech company THX is adding its name to the list. With its first consumer hardware, the Onyx, the company adds a tiny, high-powered alternative to traditional DAC amplifiers. 

Like much of the competition, the Onyx is a USB dongle with a cord on one end and a headphone jack on the other. The USB-C plug is magnetic, looping back around and attaching to the main body of the audio accessory when not in use. The company suggests using it to keep your headphone cable wound to keep everything tidy. On the front, a trio of LEDs indicate the quality of the audio you’re listening to with options for standard, high resolution, Direct Stream Digital (DSD) and Master Quality Authenticated (MQA). The device comes with a USB-C to USB-A adapter, so if your laptop isn’t equipped with the former, you can still use it with the latter. 

The THX Onyx is available today for $199.99 (€209.99/£199.99) from both the company’s website and Razer, which has worked with THX in the past to certify its Opus headphones and Hammerhead Pro True Wireless earbuds for immersive audio. Plus, THX explains that Onyx can boost sound quality for gaming and movies as well, which means it should pair nicely with Razer’s line of laptops.

Source: Engadget


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