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Neutron HiFi™ DAC V1 | Portable audiophile USB DAC and Preamp with DSP

Neutron HiFi™ DAC V1 | Portable audiophile USB DAC and Preamp with DSP

Regular price HK$1,370.00
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Neutron HiFi™ DAC V1 is a portable audiophile USB DAC device with advanced hardware, firmware (rich DSP, configurability) and aesthetic design. Supports up to 32-bit/384 kHz PCM and up to DSD256. Packed with advanced DSP effects: 20-band Parametric EQ, Crossfeed, Frequency Response Correction with AutoEq presets, Surround (Ambiophonics R.A.C.E).

Hardware and software design is based on our vast experience in music reproduction accumulated during development of our legendary audiophile software (Neutron Music Player and Neutron Audio Recorder) to meet the most demanding audiophile requirements.

Consider protecting your device with Neutron HiFi™ Case for Neutron HiFi™ DAC V1.

We recommend using Neutron HiFi™ DAC V1 with Neutron HiFi™ USB Cables for the best performance.

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Specification

Function USB-C™ to 3.5 mm headphone jack audiophile audio adapter with extended DSP functionality
Controller NXP K-Series
DAC ES9219Q
Digital Input USB-C™ jack
Analog Output 3.5 mm headphone jack (24K Gold-plated)
Output Level 2 Vrms, 1 Vrms (optional)
Output Impedance < 0.5Ω
Frequency Response Analog performance: 0-300 kHz (all frequency components 0-192 kHz are passed without attenuation at max PCM frequency 384 kHz)
USB Audio Asynchronous
Audio Clock 2X ultra-low phase noise SPXO: 45.1584 Mhz [44.1, 88.2, 176.4, 352.8 kHz], 49.152 Mhz [48, 96, 192, 384 kHz]
Channels 2 (Stereo)
PCM Bits 16, 24, 32
PCM Frequency 44100, 48000, 88150, 96000, 176400, 191500, 352800, 384000
Native DSD 64, 128, 256
DSD over PCM (DoP) 64, 128
DSP (Sound Effects)  Parametric EQ (20/10-bands, per channel) with Preamp Gain control, Graphic EQ presets, Frequency Response Correction (FRC) with AutoEq database, Crossfeed, Surround (Ambiophonics R.A.C.E.), Lossless Balance, DSP Effect Chaining
Headset Microphone Supported (CTIA)
Headset Buttons Supported (Play/Pause, Stop, Next/Previous Track, Voice Command, Volume +/-)
Media Controls Accelerometer: 2 customizable actions (double tap top/bottom or left/right side)
OLED Display Yes, with automatically rotating indication
Compatibility USB-C / USB Audio 2.0, Apple iPhone/iPad requires Lightning to USB Camera Adapter for devices with Apple Lightning port
Firmware Update Supported (OTA via Configurator utility)
Color Silver or Iron Grey
Dimensions 50 x 19.9 x 9.6 mm (L x W x H)
Weight 13 gr

 

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Customer Reviews

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Athanasios G.
DSP saves the day

I own a few sets of headphones including the Sennheiser HD650 and HD580, AKG K240 Studio and K371 and the TRUTHEAR x Crinacle ZERO pair of IEMs and tried all of them with this DAC. The results were exactly what I expected. That is to say, the unit sounds as good out of the box as it should for the ~150€ price point.
Unfortunately, at first glance, other options that are often on sale and more readily available make this a difficult sell for the average buyer. There are however some saving graces that make this DAC punch above it's weight class.
The NConfigurator utility that comes with it is a lightweight, no-frills program that makes configuring everything from the behavior of the screen and the tap controls to the DSP functions easy and intuitive. It includes a parametric EQ, has a crossfeed filter and, best of all, a precompiled list of FRC presets for most popular headphones. Moreover, it allows you to adjust and save a selected preset (either precompiled or one you made yourself) on the device itself which is a very important feature as it allows you to do away with equalizer software running in the background, especially when using it with mobile devices (although do note that as of the 15th of July 2024 it is only available on desktop systems). I believe this is what saved this product for me.
The headphone jack is compatible with the CTIA standard for media control and it also accepts a microphone input which the DAC exposes as a digital input to the device it's plugged into which is a nice addition for people with gaming headsets and some cheaper IEMs that sometimes come included with cables that have an inline microphone.
Lastly, the size and the design language make this a beautiful little thing to carry around compared to other brands' flashier, "louder" designs. The edge-to-edge curved glass front and aluminum back make it feel premium and serious which I appreciate and it really feels like it was put in the smallest possible package.

Overall, if you have your own EQ of choice already set up and don't care as much about looks, this is an offering comparable to others on the market. On the other hand, I do enjoy the small form factor and sleek appearance and the built-in DSP settings are something that, after playing around with, I will find hard to replace.

P.S.: I want to add that this review has been altered from it's original state after discussion with the developer. He was very open to listen to some issues I was facing with the product that initially made me be more negative and even elected to fix them in a timely fashion.

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Vasily Tsybizov
Great Neutron HiFi DAC V1!

Thank you very much for unique Neutron HiFi DAC V1 Portable audiophile USB DAC and Preamp with DSP! I like it very much!

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Drew B Davis
Neutron Dac/Amp V1 is the best portable dac amp I've ever used hands down

This is the best portable dac/amp I've ever heard. There is nothing else really to say, it has amazing resolution, clarity, soundstage, musicality, it has everything. It beats most headphone stacks I have heard under $10k just from a generic USB from a computer playing neutron player. It's the best $179 I've ever spent on any audio equipment ever. Definitely get it, and Neutron player app if you don't already have it.