LISTEN UP! THE DP-1 IS A DIGITAL-TO-ANALOG CONVERTER (DAC) HEADPHONE PREAMP THAT PLAYS DIGITAL MUSIC FILES CLEANLY ON 2-CHANNEL AMPLIFIERS OR BY ITSELF

Here’s a link to it:

https://www.shenzhenaudio.com/smsl-dp1-hifi-dsd-player-digital-dial-dac-headphone-amplifier.html

WE SWITCH AROUND BETWEEN DIGITAL AND ANALOG LISTENING HERE.

WE STREAM MUSIC FROM OUR PODS AND TABLETS TO THE MULTICHANNEL SURROUND SOUNDBARS ON THE TVS OR TO BOSE BLUETOOTH HEADPHONES FROM 2015 https://www.bose.com/en_us/support/products/headphones_support/over_ear_headphones_support/black-friday-soundlink-around-ear-bluetooth-headphones.html

and yes, we sometimes line out from the earbud jack to whatever

WE ALSO ENJOY OLD 2 CHANNEL ANALOG – USUALLY USING A VINTAGE SOLID STATE “Hi-Fi” TERRESTRIAL FM RECEIVER AS AN AMP AND AKG K240 STUDIO HEADPHONES (NO EARBUDS) http://www.guitarcenter.com/AKG/K240-Studio-Headphones-1273887983649.gc

THE SMSL DP-1 ‘HIGH RESOLUTION AUDIO PLAYER’ FITS A ROLE: IT PLAYS AUDIO FILES DIRECTLY FROM USB THUMBDRIVES AND SD CARDS.

FOR YEARS I WAS AN AUDIO CASSETTE MIXTAPER OF RADIO, RECORDS, CD’S AND EVEN LIVE MUSIC. ALTHOUGH I BRIEFLY STRUGGLED WITH BURNING TO CD-Rs, I EVENTUALLY TRANSITIONED TO THE ZOOM R8 DIGITAL RECORDER, WHICH STORES AUDACITY-FRIENDLY WAV FILES TO A CAMERA-STYLE SD CARD. https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/R8zoom

EVENTUALLY I WANTED SOMETHING MORE CONVENIENT THAN THE COMPUTER FOR PLAYING BACK A WAV FILE FROM SD CARDS AND USB STICKS.

I PUT THE DP-1 THROUGH ITS PACES AND FOUND IT TO MY LIKING.

PROS

* IT PLAYS WAV FILES (AND ALL OTHER MANNER OF COMPRESSED AUDIO FILE EXTENSIONS DOWN TO MP3S) DIRECTLY – FROM EITHER USB STICKS OR SD CARDS – AND THE INPUT SLOTS ON THE BACK ARE GRADE A+!)

* EASILY PLAYS LOUDER THAN YOUR STOCK IPOD/MP3 PLAYER  (ON THE FRONT DISPLAY WINDOW, THE VOLUME READOUT GOES FROM “0” TO “40” AND SOUNDS GREAT UP THROUGH “29”)

* TRADITIONAL 2-CHANNEL LEFT/RIGHT ANALOG “RCA” OUTPUT JACKS ON THE BACK ARE GRADE A+ AND THE PLAYER SOUNDS REASONABLY “Hi-Fi” WHEN CONNECTED TO AN AMPLIFIER

* TOSLINK OPTICAL CABLE INPUT AND OUTPUT ON THE BACK FOR DIGITAL CONNECTIVITY

* NO ANNOYING BATTERIES ~ IT PLUGS IN THE WALL (WITH A NICE INLINE TRANSFORMER ON THE CORD INSTEAD OF A WALLWART!)

* SMALL ENOUGH TO PACK WHEN YOU TRAVEL

* NO SOFTWARE NEEDED — MINIMAL MENU HASSLES

CONS

* NO FORWARD/REVERSE WITHIN A RECORDING- JUST NEXT SONG/LAST SONG SHUTTLE

* FRONT KNOB CONTROLS ARE A LITTLE FRAGILE AND WOBBLY. RIGHT KNOB IS ON/OFF AND VOLUME; LEFT KNOB IS EVERYTHING ELSE

* UNINSPIRING CAR-STEREO STYLE EQ PRESETS

* HAS AN ITTY-BITTY MINIATURE REMOTE THAT TAKES A CR2032 BUTTON BATTERY THAT YOU MIGHT WANT TO USE RATHER THAN STRESS THE AFOREMENTIONED WOBBLY KNOBS ON THE FRONT

I paid with PayPal and ordered it directly from Shenzhen Audio in China by signing onto their website and emailing with Kerwin at the Help Desk during weekdays. (They’re not in the office on the weekend.) It arrived fast. Thanks Kerwin!

They also sell tons of other cool audio stuff worldwide – some from recognized big names – and it’s all right herehttps://www.shenzhenaudio.com

At $76 instead of $115/$120USD retail they might get more of those FiiO customers –  but then again maybe this compares with DAC headphone amps that cost 10 times as much, how would I know? Somebody send me one😂

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