High Resolution Technologies Improves Sound from Mobile Devices

December 16 2014, 06:00
High Resolution Technologies (HRT) already offers a lineup of compact, high performance wireless and wired digital-to-analog converters that are simple to use and transform a smartphone, portable music player or computer into a high-resolution audio playback device.

The Los Angeles, California, company will introduce its new dSp and i-dSp devices during the CES 2015 at The Venetian (Suite 29-140). Mike Hobson, HRT’s Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Halverson, Chief Technology Officer, and other key people will be on hand to explain all about the nano series dSp and i-dSp digital sound processors.

The nano series dSp and i-dSp are two accessories that provide significantly improved headphone sound quality for smartphones, tablets, and portable devices, drawing from HRT’s pioneering R&D in the USB audio accessories category and decades of involvement in high-end audio. The HRT dSp (SRP: $69.99) works with Android and other devices, and the i-dSp (SRP: $69.99) works with Lightning connector-equipped Apple products including iPhone 5 and 6, iPod touch and current iPad models. Both are ultra-compact devices incorporating proprietary digital Sound processing and a high-performance headphone amplifier.

The HRT dSp and i-dSp are compatible with all audio formats supported by portable devices running Android, Windows, Apple iOS and OSX, thanks to their USB Audio Class interface. Both require extremely low power and offer extended playing times and plug-and-play connectivity. Both models support all audio formats including MP3, AAC, FLAC, PCM, lossless and all streaming audio and video formats. Both models are firmware-upgradeable to accommodate future updates.

HRT says the new devices are ideal for use with a wide range of headphones. Both models incorporate high-performance microelectronics and proprietary digital Sound processing software to deliver a better listening experience from any headphones. With its included adapter cable the dSp can also be used as an outboard digital Sound processor with desktop and notebook computers.

Using the included USB micro B to micro B cable, the HRT dSp can be connected to an Android smartphone or tablet without any extra cables or adapters. For notebooks or laptop computers, the included USB A to micro B cable is all that is needed. With its ultra low power consumption, the pair will play for an extended period of time. 

The High Resolution Technologies dSp and i-dSp will be available in January 2015. The company will also show its STAGE high-end powered audio/speaker system with built-in digital audio enhancement technologies ate the CES 2015.
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