Turning Japanese – I really think so

  • 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?

    Let’s see: I’d visited Phileweb in 2014; Tokyo is possibly my favourite city; I’d met iFi’s Japanese distributor Topwing at a number of local shows. Why the heck not.

    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

    Written by John

    John currently lives in Berlin where he creates videos and podcasts for Darko.Audio. He has previously contributed to 6moons, TONEAudio, AudioStream and Stereophile.

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