Kool Tools: A 200 p DAC
An audio chain is only as good as its weakest link, so you'll want to eliminate all weak links. This is also true for mobile headphones that are used with smartphones, tablets or laptops. Even top-of-the-line headphones such as the because the digital‑to‑analog converter (DAC) and analog output levels of mobile audio devices seldom meet genuine hi‑fi standards.
The A 200 p from beyerdynamic — which costs approximately US$408 — offers a solution to this problem. It's an ultra-compact DAC with an integrated headphone amplifier that will offer more audio detail, better contoured and deeper bass, as well as more natural instrument and vocal reproduction transform standard portable sound into a true hi‑fi experience.
The core of the A 200 p is a Wolfson DAC with up to 24 bit resolution at a sampling frequency of 96 kHz (HD audio). Its circuit design circumvents the internal signal processing of the connected player and receives the pure digital music data from devices such as the iPhone, iPod, and iPad via a Lightning connector. It also works with Macs thanks to its micro-USB port.
The A 200 p's integrated battery offers up to 11 hours of uninterrupted audio. Go to www.beyerdynamic.com/A200p for more info.