From Mike, Communities Team: “TEAC won me over with its price-to-performance ratio in my early days at Massdrop, when I was working in the Audiophile Community. The A1-101DA ups the ante with greater flexibility. It really makes testing headphones and desktop speakers easy. Plus, it has Bluetooth, which isn’t the best way to test audio quality, but it sure is convenient. These features truly make this one of the best desktop solutions.”
Designed to minimize computer-generated jitter noise, the AI-101DA Integrated Amplifier with USB DAC is compatible not only with wired computers but also with smartphones via Bluetooth aptX. Of course, the AI-101DA is also compatible with conventional ⅛-inch jacks. It’s capable of processing high-res audio up to 192kHz, thanks to the on-board PCM1796 DAC by BurrBrown, which is coupled with an up-conversion function to provide the smoothest audio possible.
Note: This drop's base price is for the AI-101DA amp in black. At checkout, you can add the two-piece LS-101 speaker set to your order (+$75) or opt to get the speaker set on its own (- $115).
Fitted with a class-D power amp, the AI-101DA produces 26W + 26W of output, while the DSP-based HR Loudness function delivers heavy bass even on the smallest speakers. And to cater to a variety of headphones, including high-impedance cans, the AI-101DA offers 100mW + 100mW of headphone output. Other features include a power-saving function, which automatically activates the system upon detecting an incoming audio signal and deactivates it after 3 minutes of inactivity.
Compact yet powerful, the LS-101 speakers boast 20-millimeter soft-dome tweeters with chrome-plated diffusers, enabling high-res audio in the high-frequency range. The rear panels feature a bass reflex port as well as a binding post-type terminals.
All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.
Estimated ship date is Feb 22, 2018 PT.
After the drop ends, payment will be collected. To deliver the best value to the group the request will then be submitted to the vendor up front, making all sales final. Be sure to check the discussion page for updates.