THX Onyx has a USB-C dongle on one end and a 3.5mm audio port on the other end, which can act as a middleman between the headset and the PC, Mac or desktop. Android phoneAnd hope to improve the sound of music, movies and games in the process.
The 3.5mm jack can also be used for desktop speakers, and the included USB-C to USB-A adapter means that if your laptop does not have the former, you can still use THX Onyx. If you are an iPhone user, you need to purchase an Apple Lightning to USB camera adapter to use the mini portable DAC.
THX said that Onyx is the first portable DAC using the company’s AAA-78 amplifier technology. It is said that it can provide the device with the same power as a desktop THX AAA amplifier, but in a much smaller package.
According to the company, this “eliminates the traditional distortion mechanism, can reduce harmonics, intermodulation and crossover distortion by up to 40dB, resulting in a realistic and fatigue-free listening experience” and makes THX Onyx more performance than Traditional products are five times higher. Other portable USB DAC/amplifiers”.
There is an ESS ES9281PRO DAC chip and a Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) renderer inside Onyx to “reproduce the sound of the main recording” and play the MQA-encoded tidal master.
Small but powerful
Despite its impressive audio technology, THX Onyx is really small, and its slim construction means you will hardly notice it when you use it on the go. The USB-C dongle is even magnetic, so you can wrap it around and connect it to the main body of the DAC when not in use, and use it to fix the headset cable.
Its all-metal body is equipped with LED lights to indicate the quality of the music files being played. Blue indicates 44.1kHz or 48kHz PCM files, yellow indicates higher sampling rates, red indicates DSD signals, and pink indicates MQA files.
So, how much will this cost you? THX Onyx is now available in the US at a price of US$200, while prices in the UK and Australia are to be determined and are expected to be approximately £145/AUD 260.
This is much higher than the recently announced price Astell&Kern AK USB-C Dual DAC Cable, Provide a similar ultra-thin design and high-resolution audio seal. The Astell & Kern DAC is priced at US$149/£109 (about AU$190), which allows you to connect wired headsets to phones or devices that do not have a 3.5mm audio port (for example, most modern smartphones) and are expected to improve the sound of your music.
But there is a catch: Although portable DACs can be Android smartphone, Windows 10 computer, Tablets and MacOS computers, you cannot use it on your iPhone or iPad. According to the company, this is because the dual DAC cable requires more current than the iOS device exports to operate.
For THX Onyx, you only need an additional adapter to use with iOS devices.
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