TEAC America’s Reference 01 Series
While we’re on the topic of small things, TEAC America introduced their Reference 01 Series of budget-priced, room-friendly components, including the UD-H01 DAC, A-H01 stereo amplifier, and DS-H01 iPod docking station. (I’m waiting to hear back on the prices, but I’m fairly sure these products retail for hundreds, rather than thousands, of dollars.)
The DS-H01 docking station takes the digital audio input from your iPod, iPad, or iPhone using a 24-bit/192kHz Burr-Brown 1796 DAC. The A-H01 amplifier delivers 50Wpc of B&O ICEpower, includes a USB input which supports resolutions up to 24-bit/192kHz via a Tenor 8802 chip, and utilizes a Burr-Brown PCM5102 32-bit/192kHz DAC. Like the A-H01 amplifier, the UD-H01 DAC also utilizes a Tenor 8802 chip, but adds two Burr-Brown 32-bit/192kHz 1795 chips, and also offers a headphone output with volume control.
These seem like powerful products. All are housed in attractive chassis and are available in either silver or black.