A combination of your usual 3.5mm smartphone adapter and a powerful DAC, the new Pilot from ALO Audio looks to make a high-fidelity sound much more accessible. The Pilot has a housing that holds the terrific sounding ESS Sabre 9281cPro in a slim enclosure design. This is a low power DAC chip that is easily powered from your portable device. It supports PCM up to 384 kHz, DSD up to 5.6MHz, and MQA support. Keeping the Pilot with you gives you a key to unlock high-resolution in whatever device may be near.
Other features include an aluminum enclosure, USB-C termination, 3.5mm jack with mic support, and USB-C to lightning adapter.
ESS Sabre DAC (9281CPRO with MQA support)
THD+N @ 0.0006%
< 2 ohm output impedance
PCM sampling frequency up to 384kHz
DSD sampling frequency up to 5.6MHz
MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) Support
The ALO Pilot is available for $129 on their website.
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