Open the box and design
Aune S16 accompanying accessories include a USB DAC cables, a CD containing drivers XMOS enclosed manual and a power cord. These cables are thick and of good quality feel.
The device has casing is made entirely from aluminum with sophisticated machining quality and coated with black paint to the surface roughness. Aune S16 fairly compact size, the equivalent of a small laptop. You can arrange to use the device on the desk or on the small shelf. Previously, they also felt it difficult to arrange the DAC 1 – Headphone Amp desktop format by 2 device size and weight of the S16 is quite large but absolutely no encounter problems.
Aune S16 is equipped with multiple output / at different sound: RCA, Coaxial, Optical, USB DAC and standards including Balanced XLR. Thus, you can use the device with the sound map to another without worrying about connectivity standard, for example, when used with the amp sound system or lighting.
Aune S16 with 2.4-inch TFT monochrome display information such as volume, input (input), the quality and the sampling rate (sample rate) of music files. Besides being a volume control knob, pressing the filter will change the sound back and forth.
On the inside, the heart of the S16 Aune AKM DAC chip for decoding capability AK4495SEQ extremely strong from the type of music files of up to 32bit / 384kHz or DSD64 and DSD128. Equipment can easily handle almost any file that you want to listen to music, from lossly or lossless digital audio formats and high quality DSD.
XMOS USB input and Analogue IC chip ADUM (used on high-end models and celebrities transport Berkeley Alpha) S16 enables better sound quality in USB input, no lag when listening to music. With this audio input, the S16 can handle up to 32bit / 385kHz, but in the other inputs will receive up to 24bit / 192kHz. DAC with a USB device such as this can initially appreciated S16 by USB input section is extremely important. In addition, proprietary technology and clock FIFO with distortion noise (jitter) extremely low similarly advanced sample player Aune M2 also be used on the S16.
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The sound quality and user experience
We use two very tough samples are headphones Sennheiser HD650 and Sennheiser HD800 with a in-ear Aurisonic ASG-2.5. The music source is used to evaluate high-quality lossless music 16bit, 24bit and some DSD files with music player Jriver 20.
First, I grafted together Aurisonic Aune S16 ASG-2.5, in-ear headphones with great sensitivity and low impedance will easily detect the noise of the sound source. Even when not running the music, turned up the volume or small.
With the equipment from Aune, I often impressed with the clear sound characteristic background. With Aune S16, feel the sound throughout, not a bit of turbulence and good detail. Along with that may be mentioned is the spacious soundstage hear S16 combined with the HD800. I still use the music very familiar Hotel California. With this combo, S16 helped demonstrate HD800 regenerates extremely excellent soundstage. Both vast acoustic space of the concert can be clearly felt.
Aune S16 bass with plump body, good bass power and extremely detailed. Bass beautiful expression, each part of the full range of sound, all from sub-bass to upper. When listening to the first blank in the Hotel California can get this point clear, deep-down drum, sub bass vibration and impressive spread.
Aune S16 pull easier HD650 headphones, bass tones, deep, powerful and can do whatever basshead fascinated public. The HD650 will transplant the poor amp bass phenomenon out of control, much to the writer excess often used to test the sound source. When assembled with the S16 Aune, drumming in Set Fire To The Rain (Adele) of HD650 becomes rounded, clear body shape, make and bouncing bass. Maybe some people like to hear the same voice of the HD650 amp sounds from light but when grouped with Aune HD650 and S16 can still say is impressive.
Bass and mid range, high range of S16 Aune also of good quality and detail. When combined with a headphone has excellent range as HD800 Treb is this point more and more visible. Tears in Heaven in the guitar sound (Eric Clapton) light, color and detail. Part Treb High as well so singing becomes airy and serene. Aune S16 pull Treb HD650 also offers smoother sound than transplantation and many other combos, good control and high-resolution detail.
1 device with DAC / AMP advanced as Aune S16, soundstage and imaging are two extremely important points need to be considered carefully. Aune S16 shown airy soundstage, and wide, coupled with the HD800 has to be properly characterized soundstage width of the headphones extremely hard to pull this. Music space of the Hotel California wide and impressive, providing a very good experience when listening to headphones soundstage. The depth of the soundstage and imaging, Aune S16 also very good experience with the HD650, showing the depth of the stage, easy to locate the source of sound in the orchestra. Can appreciate the Aune S16 soundstage and imaging, with prices so high that the device does not have such good quality.
Summarizing, Aune S16 is a DAC sample sound neutral, natural, rich musicality. With design DAC / AMP two-in-one devices are easy to install and use, and provide quality DAC / AMP good overall. When comparing the samples DAC / AMP appreciated writers have used as NFB-28 and NFB-1, the Aune S16 also completely inferior and have a place even on sound quality and processing quality. However, the part DAC of Aune S16 (new) is the best work. In the staging of equipment, if you have a better amp combined with S16 will be very effective. Otherwise, no further investment conditions or do not want much compositing Aune S16 heard headphone jack can also be considered as quality “good value for money”.
+ Design DAC / Amp integrated, very convenient and simple compositing
+ Multiple output / audio input for easy interface to other audio devices
+ Sounds clear, natural, rich musicality, 3 bands are good quality sound.
+ Sound wide field, good imaging
+ Very good quality DAC
+ Treb slightly Strip Light compare some sort of headset
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