Da Vinci DAC creators Geek Out with something far more affordable

Prices start at £199 and not £20,000

by hodg100 Apr 4, 2014 at 8:44 AM


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    Da Vinci DAC creators Geek Out with something far more affordable
    Some of you will probably remember the Da Vinci DAC, likely because it was a fantastically expensive device with a starting price of £20,000.
    Well, the people behind that particular Digital to Audio Converter – LH Labs - has a new product range and they are decidedly more affordable.

    The Geek Out asynchronous USB 2.0 DAC and Class A headphone amplifier takes much of the technology LH Labs developed when it was researching the Da Vinci, and squeezes it into one compact package.

    The aim with Geek Out is simple, says the company, they want to bring good sound to a non-audiophile market, so that travellers, gamers, and music-lovers can better enjoy the stuff they love.

    Geek Out was successfully crowdfunded on Kickstarter, reaching more than 1000% of its original funding goal of $28,000, with 2,146 backers that gave $303,061 in total.
    It can handle super-high resolution audio up to 384kHz /32 bit and decodes DSD and DSD2 (DSD64/128) audio natively.
    Geek Out DAC

    Geek Out is a high-resolution amplifier and digital-to-analogue converter that delivers enhanced audio from your computer to headphones or even your hi-fi. Just plug it into your computer and away you go.

    The Geek Out DAC uses proprietary audio technology that is said to emulate the way your ears hear and it can “play any current or anticipated audio format.” It can handle super-high resolution audio up to 384kHz /32 bit and decodes DSD and DSD2 (DSD64/128) audio natively.

    Geek Out’s amplifier is around 10 times more powerful than the headphone amplifier typically used in laptops so you can really crank this sucker up. Not only is it louder, it should be clearer (Output Impedance is 0.47 Ohm) and it also has two headphone jacks!

    Geek Out comes with Geek Slacker – a six inch USB extension cable so it shouldn’t get in your way and it’s available in Black, Silver, Blue and Red. It's expected to hit UK stores in early April 2014.

    Prices vary from £199 to £299 for the 450mW and 1000mW versions, with a mid-tier 720mW iteration carrying a price-tag of £249.

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