The List: The Latest Budget Audiophile Gear Feat. SVS, iFI Audio

Want to know more about the latest budget audiophile gear? Read our rundown of the best new audiophile equipment right here!


Digital For Dummies: Ifi Audio Uno DAC/Headphone Amp ($79)

IFi Audio’s Uno is a new entry-level desktop DAC/headphone amplifier designed to be a non-audiophile’s first DAC. It’s designed to let everyone experience the sonic upgrades an external DAC/Amp can bring.

The iFi Uno is a $79 device that plugs into your laptop (w/ USB-C) and gives you the essential features of a high-end DAC/Amp. That includes digital-to-analog conversion, volume control, and headphone gain adjustment.

In addition, this new budget audiophile gear supports PCM audio formats up to 32-bit / 384 kHz. It also features DSD support up to DSD256 and MQA for Tidal Masters compatibility. It also has an RCA line output and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Not only that, it has one-touch Music, Movie, and Game EQ buttons, so DAC newbies can easily adjust the sound.

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This DAC/Amp looks like it will make a great stocking stuffer for the music lovers in your life. Look for it in stores at the end of November.

Astounding Budget Audiophile Gear: SVS Prime Wireless Pro Powered Speaker Pair ($899)

The Prime Wireless Pro Powered Speaker Pair is SVS’ latest all-in-one system that offers several improvements over the previous generation. While we loved the last-gen model, this new setup offers some nice upgrades.

That includes a new front panel display with tons of information like source, artist name, song title, and input. Along with that, there’s a new IR remote for enhanced control, along with the app-based control of the original.

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Additionally, the Prime Wireless Pro system can stream high-resolution audio wirelessly via WiFi. Apple AirPlay 2 for iPhone and iOS is on board, plus Chromecast for Android phones and other mobile devices. Besides that, you get multi-room hi-res streaming from DTS Play-fi. You also get Bluetooth with aptX for quick CD-quality streaming sessions.

The Prime Wireless Pro powered speakers also feature a built-in 200-watt (50 watts x 4) amplifier connected to a robust electronic crossover system. That crossover is mated to two 1” Aluminum Dome Tweeters and two 5.25” Mid-Bass Drivers.

Flagship Wireless: Moondrop ALICE True Wireless Stereo 10 U.L.T Super-linear Dynamic Driver Earbuds ($189)

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Moondrop is a company known for well-tuned wired IEMs, but now they have made their most ambitious foray into wireless earbuds. Their new $189 Moondrop Alice is designed to be their Flagship wireless IEM providing high-quality sound via the use of their best dynamic driver, along with advanced SoC and DSP.

The Alice features a new acoustic cavity design that maximizes the performance of the ULT super linear driver, along with DSP that mimics the response of their best-wired IEMs for clear, balanced audio.

It also has the latest Qualcomm Bluetooth 5.2 SoC that provides the aptX Adaptive codec for premium sound, noise-canceling for calls, and 8 hours of playback. Most importantly, Moondrop says its audio performance equals some of the better wired IEMs, which sounds awesome.

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