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Alpha Design Labs - Cruise Headphone Amp / DAC


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  • Beautifully finished, lustrous carbon fiber body and mirror-polish nonmagnetic stainless steel panel
  • Gold-plated 3.5mm analog line input (switched) or gold-plated USB digital input for PC audio
  • Runs on USB power or an AC/DC switching power adapter that recharges battery
  • High performance headphone amplifier drives 12 to 600 ohm headphones
  • Gold-plated circuitry on high quality printed circuit board
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Product Specifications

Brand NameAlpha Design Labs
Color NameBlack

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B005R13T0A
  • Item model number: CRUISE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 1, 2012

Product Description

Alpha Design Labs Cruise Headphone Amp/DAC In the age of personal, portable electronics, everyone carries their music with them. Accessories reflect your personal style and the ADL Cruise is sure to create jealousy and envy wherever you go. It delivers thrilling sound to match its gorgeous appearance. Whether you're using iTunes for low-bit-rate downloads or high resolution music files just connect your computer to the Cruise with a USB or analog cable. When you're on the road plug your music player's analog headphone output into the line input of the Cruise and open the player's volume to maximum and use the volume control on the Cruise. For higher resolution all-digital signals simply connect the Cruise to your computer's USB port. The USB port charges the battery and you can listen to music while it's charging! Features: Beautifully finished, lustrous carbon fiber body and mirror-polish nonmagnetic stainless steel panel Fits in the palm of your hand, enjoy your music anywhere High quality volume control (front) and On/Off switch Gold-plated 3.5mm analog line input (switched) or gold-plated USB digital input for PC audio  Runs on USB power or an AC/DC switching power adapter that recharges battery High performance headphone amplifier drives 12 to 600 ohm headphones Gold-plated circuitry on high quality printed circuit board

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First, the build quality is phenomenal. It has a good weight to it, and the carbon fiber finish is stunning. It also seems resistant to most scratches- I've been pretty rough with it and it still looks nearly new.

The 24/96 dac in it is a Wolfson WM8716 and is of high quality. I use it to replace my onboard soundcard in my 2011 HP laptop and it is an obvious upgrade. The overall sound signature is very balanced & smooth. The highs are never sibilant and the low end packs a decent punch. It also helps the mids shine, most notably with female vocals (I listen to a lot of electronic dance music)

It is also a nice amp that compliments my pair of 32ohm Fidelio X1's well. Amping them is unnecessary, but I like to anyways as I feel it also sounds nicer than my the audio out on my HTC One M7 smartphone (even though this phone's stock audio does sound very nice on it's own). I hear that the amp is however not powerful enough to drive a higher impedance headphone such as the Sennheiser HD600.

Overall, I think this is a very sharp piece of technology. In my opinion, as a portable dac/amp it looks nicer than any of it's competitor's
s offerings (Fiio, JDS labs, Aune, etc), and competes with all of them quality wise. Although, at the full retail of this dac/amp I do feel it is grossly overpriced for what it is. I would recommend getting the ADL Stride (non-carbon fiber finish) if you are interested in the hardware and not the look of it.

I really like how this piece is small enough to take as an on-the-go amp, but also stylish enough to be used as an at-home desktop dac.
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