At $199 (srp $398) there is much to like about the N4 from Miniwatt. For a first jump into the world of digital audio it is very well thought out and conveys a tonality not out of line with their previous heritage in producing great sounding tube desktop amps. The sound is rich, coherent and well controlled though the slightly attenuated top end lacks a certain sparkle that can at times blunt its impact. It looks great also to be honest and certainly can hold its own beside the igadgets of this world and for a transportable all in one solution is a worthy upgrade from whatever your running inside your PC. At srp there are slightly better DAC/AMP’s out there such as the Just Audio uDAC2496 and the ALO Audio Island represents better value but at $199 this gives the N4 a great edge.

Technical Specifications

USB 2.0 Async Mode (480 Mbits/sec), support 32bits/192k
USB Audio Interface for High-resolution audio file from PC/Mac
Support any sampling frequency to be up convert to 192 kHz
Electrical Noise Immunity via USB Digital Link
PCM1795 DAC with 32bits/192k 123dB Dynamic Range
LM4562 High Performance, High Fidelity Audio Operational Amplifier at analogue filter and driver
Independent L and R channel circuit at output stage
Digital Attenuation to deliver balance volume out (Digital Attenuation: 0 dB to –120 dB, 0.5db/Step)
USB-powered, no external power supply required
Dimensions: 115mm (L) x 74mm (W) x 20mm (H)
Finish: CNC Silver Powder Coated Aluminum Panel with Laser Etching + Stitched Leather Extrusion

Outputs

Headphone Output: 100mW at 32Ohm
Line Output: 1.8V rms (auto mute when using headphone out)
USB 2.0 audio to S/PDIF converter, 32/192k SPDIF output
Supports USB Audio Class 2.0 and high-speed mode on Operating Systems: Windows® XP, Vista, and Windows® 7, Mac OS X 10.5.7 (or later) with Miniwatt vendor drivers
Supports USB Audio class 1.0 with full-speed/high-speed modes compatible with Windows® XP, Vista, 7 UAA driver, Mac OS X and Linux embedded USB audio drivers

SRP Price $398.00 – Special of $199 until end of Jan 2014

Links

http://www.miniwatt.com.hk

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