As music streaming services begin to offer uncompressed tracks to users, interest in digital-to-analog converters (DACs) is gradually growing. In fact, such a device is necessary for all those who want to enjoy high-quality sound. However, despite the presence of conditionally portable DACs, in most cases they are not compact in size. Especially when it comes to fairly advanced models that support 32 bit / 384 kHz and higher.
However, this does not mean that there are no compact solutions. An example is Khadas Tea. This DAC features a slim body and small size. Moreover, if desired, Apple smartphone owners will be able to mount this gadget on the back of the iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 – Khadas Tea has MagSafe.
As for the technical characteristics, the device is based on the ESS ES9281AC Pro, and the Qualcomm QCC5125 chip is responsible for wireless communication. Through USB-C/Lightning Tea can process audio up to 32bit/384kHz. Also, the DAC can “handle” with the very different formats – from MQA, DSD and FLAC to WAV and MP3. By Bluetooth, Tea supports LDAC and AptX HD.
Khadas Tea has a built-in 1160 mAh battery, which is enough for 8 hours of uninterrupted Hi-Fi music playback. It is noteworthy that the DAC can also be used as an external microphone for the iPhone.
You can currently order Khadas Tea on Indiegogo. DAC prices start at $159. However, after the end of the campaign, the cost will rise to $199.
A source: indiegogo