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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.


    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



    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.

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