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Onkyo HF Player + Resonessence Labs Herus = iOS DSD

  • Onkyo’s HF Player is a free digital audio app capable of hi-res audio playback – PCM up to 24bit/192kHz and DSD – but only if you spill AU$10.49 on the ‘HD Player Pack’ in-app upgrade. (If not, the Onkyo HF player still satisfies with some serious EQ-ing functionality.)

    And then I saw this in the Onkyo press release: “DSD-IFF and DSF formats are converted to PCM before playback”. ย Sigh. Just like the Astell&Kern players then…

    …not so fast! The Onkyo app sports an option for DoP DSD output. If you have a DoP-compliant DAC that can talk to an iPhone, you’re in native DSD business.


    With the Resonessence Labs Herus (CA$350) being able to a) extract digital audio via a Lightning connected iPhone 5/5S/5C and b) decode DSD over DoP, the Onkyo app paves the way for native, around-town DSD playback on yr iPhone. ย Great news for Shelby Lynne fans!

    The small print reveals the Onkyo HF Player app is optimised for iPhone 5. ย It’ll run on iOS 6 or iOS 7. More info can be found in the Onkyo press release here.

    Further information: Onkyo | Resonessence Labsย | Addicted To Audio

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