WE challenge you to disagree with us – in the computer audio world, smaller is better. Think HRT Streamer. Think AudioQuest Dragonfly. Right? right? We thought so … and now, along those lines comes M2Tech’s latest generation of compact digital toy, the hiFace DAC.
What’s unique is that the hiFace DAC, a pen-drive sized unit, is 32-bit/384kHz capable, unlike the 24/192 weaklings in the market right now. Swoon, you bit crunchers!
This new, low-jitter, asynchronous USB DAC features M2Tech’s proprietary hiFace technology as seen in the older hiFace 1 and 2, but has a new DAC section.
M2Tech promises the hiFace DAC will deliver crystal-clear sound, shining even with 16/44.1 resolution files. Its compactness means fitting it into any computer-based audio system is a breeze.
It is also future-proof, thanks to a wide range of compatible sampling rates and resolution. The interface is USB 2.0 Audio Class compatible, so it will work with computers running Windows, MacOS or Linux. The onboard driver is good with XP, Vista, W7 and W8, while no driver is required for use with Mac and Linux systems.
The hiFace DAC’s analogue output, via a 3.5mm stereo jack socket, delivers 2.0Vrms, and will drive preamps, integrated amps and a wide range of headphones without fuss.
The price of this tiny bit of digital sonic goodness, we hear, is in the region of €220 … stay tuned.