High Resolution Technologies Starts Improving Sound for Headphones

May 15 2015, 03:00
High Resolution Technologies (HRT) is now shipping its new nano series dSp and i-dSp digital Sound processors, two accessories that provide improved headphone sound quality for smartphones, tablets and portable devices. Following a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, HRT was able to start production runs of the nano dSp and i-dSp.

For the moment available exclusively on Amazon.com, 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 ultra-compact accessories combine proprietary digital Sound processing and a high-performance headphone amplifier.

The dSp will also operate with compatible Apple iOS 6 (and newer) devices with a 30-pin connector when used with the 30-pin to USB-A adapter from the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit.

“With the dSp and i-dSp you’ll now be able to hear your favourite headphones and music at their best from accessories that are attractively priced,” says Mike Hobson, Chief Executive Officer at HRT. “Just plug one in between your headphones and smartphone or listening device to enjoy a significantly better listening experience from streaming audio, high-resolution audio and most any other format.”

“The nano series is designed for those who use their phones, tablets, laptops and other portable devices as their primary listening and viewing platforms and who seek the best-possible headphone sound for music, video and gaming with improved resolution, spatiality, dynamics and heightened realism,” he adds.

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 UAC (USB Audio Class) interface. The i-dSp must be used with the Apple Lightning-to-USB Camera Adapter (not supplied) to connect to an Apple Lightning device.

The dSp and i-dSp require extremely low power consumption and offer extended playing times and plug-and-play connectivity. Both models support all audio formats including MP3, AAC, FLAC, PCM, Apple and Windows lossless and all streaming audio and video formats. Both models are firmware-upgradeable to accommodate future updates.

Ideal for use with a wide range of headphones, the nano series dSp and i-dSp draw from HRT’s pioneering R & D in the USB audio accessories category and decades of involvement in high-end audio. Both models incorporate high-performance microelectronics and proprietary digital Sound processing software to deliver the very best listening experience possible 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.
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