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Miniwatt drop N4 USB DAC/headphone amplifier

  • After the rather smashing miniature N3 tube amplifier, Hong Kong’s Miniwatt have launched a new product – the Miniwatt N4. It’s a UAC2.0, async 32bit/192Khz all-in-one DAC and headphone amplifier.

    Note the stitched leather extrusion – a nice way of acknowledging the rough and tumble of portability.  It’s good to have an edge in this increasingly-crowded portable DAC/headphone space; especially in the wake of Audioquest’s Dragonfly and Meridian’s Explorer.

    miniwatt_N4_side

    Here the skinny:

    • USB 2.0 Async Mode (480 Mbits/sec), supports up to 32bits/192kHz
    • Electrical Noise Immunity via USB Digital Link
    • PCM1795 DAC with 32bits/192k – 123dB Dynamic Range
    • LM4562 op-amp at analogue filter and driver stages
    • Independent L and R channel circuit at output stage
    • Digital volume attenuation (0 dB to –120 dB, 0.5db/step)
    • USB-powered, no external power supply required
    • Dimensions: 115mm (L) x 74mm (W) x 20mm (H)
    • Finish: CNC silver powder coated aluminium panel with laser etching

     

    miniwatt_N4_rear

    But wait!  See that coaxial connector marked ‘Digital’?  That’s a digital output.  The N4 can also be used as a USB-S/PDIF convertor.

     

    The Miniwatt N4 can be purchased direct from the manufacturer for US$488.

    Further information: www.miniwatt.com.hk

    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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