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Touch me, I’m sick: JF DestinY’s $499 MX-1 streamer

  • A quad-core CPU; 2GB of RAM; 64GB of solid state memory — the beating heart of a new digital audio streamer from China’s DestinY Audio, manufactured by Shenzhen’s Jing Feng Digital.

    On its back panel, the JF DestinY MX-1 shows us wireless (2.4GGHz and 5GHz) and Ethernet streaming inputs plus coaxial S/PDIF and USB digital outputs. Unusually for its US$499 starting price, the MX-1 also sports an i2S (HDMI) output. Oh, and there’s a Bluetooth input too. An internal DAC built around a Cirrus Logic CS43130 chip can be added for an extra US$150.

    PCM support on the MX-1 tops out at 32bit/768kHz and the whole shebang comes wrapped in an aluminium chassis available in black, silver or gold finishes. A remote control is also included…

    …but we might not need that magic wand so often. The MX-1 breaks from the norm of entry-level streamers with an 8″ touchscreen and an SRC-free Android 7 operating system that opens the door to Google Play Store app installation. Guten Tag, Soundcloud. HallΓ₯, Spotify. Hallo, Tidal. Bonjour, Qobuz. Wassup, Roon Remote.

    Alternatively, music can be played back from a directly-connected USB hard drive using DestinY’s smartphone app (which, at the time of writing, appears to be Android only).

    Sick? Fully.

    Further information: DestinY Audio

    Written by John

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