In March 2017 I raved about iFi Audio’s entry-level iONE DAC/DDC: aptX and AAC Bluetooth, USB, galvanically isolated two-in-one mini-TOSLINK and coaxial input; bit-perfect Burr Brown decoder chipset; Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) circuitry.
At US$199/€235/£199, the iONE is an easy and affordable way to bring better sound quality to a whole slew of devices: laptop, desktop PC, gaming console, TV, legacy streamer or budget disc spinner. DAR-KO Award assignation came easy.
Then the manufacturer came a-knocking: would I consent to the review’s syndication on Japan’s Phileweb – one of the country’s biggest audio e-zines?
So – for the benefit of anyone able to read it, here’s my review of iFi’s iONE DAC in Japanese.
Further information: iFi Audio Japan