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Graham Slee ‘Bitzie’ DAC / headphone amplifier

  • Graham Slee has had his USB DAC & headphone amplifier in the oven for a while…and now it’s finally ready to eat. This palm-sized unit was first christened ‘Itsy’ but now it’s called Bitzie. Not much better if you ask me but it’s a minor niggle for what appears to be an impressive feature set. 24bit/192kHz-capable USB input feeds two front-facing headphone sockets as well as twin S/PDIF outputs on the rear. This means deployment as USB-S/PDIF convertor is also on the menu if you need no more than a 16bit/48kHz max output.  Full specifications are here.

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    No drivers are required on ANY operating system and – because of its lower power draw USB implementation (100mA/0.5W) – the Biztie works out of the box with an iPad + camera connection kit. It is also reported to work direct-connected to a Samsung Galaxy S3 phone running Android Jellybean.

    I reckon this will be a popular choice with those already familiar with Slee’s solid gold reputation with phono stages and headphone amplifiers.

    The Biztie DAC sells for £291.67. Bundle in the companion (£66.67) Lautus USB cable for £333.25.

    You can trial the Bitzie DAC as part of Graham Slee’s loaner programme.

    Further Information: Graham Slee

    John H. Darko

    Written by John H. Darko

    John is the editor of Darko.Audio, from whose ad revenues he derives an income. He is an occasional contributor to 6moons but has previously written pieces for TONEAudio, AudioStream and Stereophile. John used to live in Sydney. Now he lives in Berlin.

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    2 Comments

    1. 24/48 on USB? A little behind the times. I have read nothing but good things about Slee’s products, but it seems he might be late (and expensive) to the game on this one.

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