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NextDrive Spectra Portable USB DAC - The World’s Smallest 32-bit DAC Headphone Amp for Truly Mastering Your Sound On-The-Go (Spectra X USB A)
- PREMIUM QUALITY DAC - Enjoy matchless portable Hi-Fi sound from ESS Technology's SABRE 9018Q2C
- RAVE REVIEWS - Professional reviews around the web praise its price, size, soundstage and great sound across bass, mids and treble
- NOT Compatible with iPhone or iPad; Plug-and-play connection with Windows, Mac, Linux and Android (Android may require USB OTG adapter, sold separately.)
- ULTRA PORTABLE - No batteries and slim design lets you connect to your smartphone or tablet and take it anywhere (adapter may be required, sold separately)
- HI RES AUDIO - Supports PCM audio files up to 32 bits / 384 kHz and DSD up to Quad-rate 11.2 MHz
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NextDrive brings greater connectivity to your devices, your home, and those you care about, NextDrive makes everyday experiences even more convenient and enjoyable. From entertainment to security, our range of solutions simplify how we connect with and rely on our devices–for smarter homes and businesses.
What inspired Spectra?
Music is a part of our daily lives at NextDrive, with us often using our everyday devices like smartphones and laptops to enjoy our music wherever we are.
Spectra X from NextDrive
Introducing part two of the portable hi-fi revolution
We are in an era of unprecedented availability of music and movies. Every pocket holds an entire entertainment library, with virtually unlimited possibilities once connected to the cloud. And yet, progress in terms of sound quality and listening experience have not kept pace. Until now.
Beginning with the rock solid base composed of the ESS Sabre 9018Q2C hi-res DAC chip featured in the Spectra, NextDrive have pushed the envelope further with their proprietary XtraSOUND technology.
- Delivering matchless HI-FI sound excellence for your everyday music listening with NextDrive’s ESS Technology's SABRE 9018Q2C.
- It got great reviews from professionals all over the web. A strong contender praised for its size, soundstage and great sound across bass, mid and treble.
- Hear the best version of your music. Compatible for an easy plug-and-play onto your devices with USB and Micro USB versions. (driver download required for Windows)
- Pencil thin aluminium design. Ultra portable and slim, take it anywhere and everywhere with you. Connect to your smartphone/tablet and boost your music to the next level.
- Listen to your music in HI RES Audio with great PCM audio files support up to 32 bits / 384 kHz and DSD up to Quad-rate 11.2 MHz. Never miss a beat!
XtraSOUND delivers audio with even lower distortion and lower noise floor. Get the absolute best performance from your hi-res audio files without compromising portability and battery-free convenience. Plug into your Android, Windows, Mac or Linux device and instantly give your high resolution audio files the outlet they deserve, bypassing the low quality consumer soundcards found in most computer hardware.
But don’t let the pencil thin aluminum case fool you: the Spectra X packs plenty of power with enough output to drive headphones up to 300Ω (after which you may want to bring your headphone amp into the chain), and its ESS Sabre 9018Q2C chip delivers sound quality previously assumed to be impossible in a form factor this size.
REVOLUTION STARTS NOW
The reviews are in. According to audiophile reviewers around the web, the NextDrive Spectra simply cannot be beat in terms of cost versus audio quality, tech specs, portability, construction quality, ease of use and overall wow factor. With a sound profile that tends toward a ‘reference sound’ with a dash of extra warmth, the Spectra X delivers exceptional bass speed and clarity, well-balanced mids that are slightly forward, smooth treble without a trace of harshness; simply put, it is a listener’s delight.
The Sabre SoC is the industry’s highest performance 32-bit mobile audio DAC with unprecedented dynamic range & ultra low distortion. It features a patented 32-bit HyperStream DAC that boasts a +121dB DNR. The DAC also has a patented time domain jitter eliminator for unmatched audio clarity free from input clock jitter. Integrated DSP functions give you click-free soft mute and volume control.
The Nextdrive Spectra X works out of the box with Windows, MacOS, Linux and Android devices.
> Spectra X is NOT compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPad Pro.
Spectra X DAC, microfiber case, quick start guide, presentation case with magnetic closure.
A new benchmark in portable audiophile DACs
It just works
Plug in; play. No buttons, no knobs, no batteries to change or charge. An understated design does exactly what a portable DAC should: get out of the way and let the music flow!
Note the Spectra X is not compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPad Pro.
Ready to join the world of hi-res music?
NextDrive suggests the following sources for more-than-CD-quality tracks:
HDTracks, Primephonic, Chandos, Onkyo Music, Mora, music.jp, Ototoy, Victor Studio HD-Music, AIX Records and Tidal MQA.
Get no-compromise sound quality from your mobile studio. Supporting low buffer sizes for good latency performance, it's awesome for a busy producer on the go.
|Spectra X USB Type-C||Spectra X USB Type-A||Spectra USB Type-C||Spectra USB Type-A|
|DAC Chip||ESS Sabre 9018Q2C SoC||ESS Sabre 9018Q2C SoC||ESS Sabre 9018Q2C SoC||ESS Sabre 9018Q2C SoC|
|Input||32-bit/384kHz PCM / 11.2 MHz DSD||32-bit/384kHz PCM / 11.2 MHz DSD||32-bit/384kHz PCM / 11.2 MHz DSD||32-bit/384kHz PCM / 11.2 MHz DSD|
|DNR||+121dB / THD: -110dB||+121dB / THD: -110dB||+121dB / THD: -110dB||+121dB / THD: -110dB|
|Max output||2Vrms @ 300 Ohm||2Vrms @ 300 Ohm||13.3 mW @ 300 Ohm / 49 mW @ 32 Ohm||2Vrms @ 600 Ohm / 49 mW @ 32 Ohm|
|Proprietary Technology||XtraSOUND delivers audio with lower distortion and noise floor.||XtraSOUND delivers audio with lower distortion and noise floor.||-||-|
|Temperature Regulation||Independent circuit further lowers noise floor||Independent circuit further lowers noise floor||-||-|
|Noise Floor Optimization||Independent circuit eliminates extra noise floor||Independent circuit eliminates extra noise floor||-||-|
|Hardware Support||Supports Nintendo Switch / PS4 (Firmware update required)||Supports Nintendo Switch / PS4 (Firmware update required)||-||-|
|Dimensions||3.75 x 0.44 x 0.44 in (9.25 in with cord)||3.75 x 0.44 x 0.44 in (9.25 in with cord)||3.75 x 0.44 x 0.44 in (9.25 in with cord)||3.75 x 0.44 x 0.44 in (9.25 in with cord)|
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|Item Dimensions||9.06 x 0.44 x 0.44 inches||9.06 x 0.44 x 0.44 inches||0.55 x 0.55 x 2.36 inches||0.98 x 0.39 x 2.28 inches||2.76 x 2.28 x 0.87 inches||0.51 x 3.59 x 2.20 inches|
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One, it stops working at random. This tends to happen most frequently when I lock and unlock my computer. I have to unplug the USB, then plug it back in to get it to register correctly again. However, sometimes it will just happen for no rhyme or reason.
I could live with that, but the bigger issue is the headphone jack is poor quality. I have multiple earphones (e.g. Bose QC 20, Sennheiser HD 650) that will only register one side. Then if you fiddle with it you can get the other side. It is very hard to get both the left and right channel to register correctly.
Aside from that, the improvement to the sound on my MDR-V6/MDR-7506 was not overwhelmingly improved. Sure, it gave me some amplification, but this product is not ready for primetime. Honestly, I got a better improvement on my headphones by purchasing $30 new pads (Brainwavz Sheepskin) than I did with this nearly $200 amp/DAC.
FWIW, my headphones work fine in my MacBook Pro headphone jack and with my cheap dongle that came with my phone.