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!

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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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