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ALO Audio announce The Island portable USB DAC / head-amp

Portland’s ALO Audio today extend their range of portables in style: The Island is a USB DAC / headphone amplifier with anodized aluminium enclosure and, eat your heart out Jonathan Ive, it’s available in three colours: blue, silver, black and bling-tastic gold.

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A Cirrus Logic CS4398 DAC chip gives you access to bit- and sample-rates up to 24bit /192kHz. There are no playback hoes with 88.2kHz and 176.4kHz either. The USB input runs asynchronously and 3.5mm single-ended and mini balanced-headphone output socketry should keep most listeners in the game.

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Output power ratings are as follows…

Balanced
130mW @ 32 Ohms
200mW @ 50 Ohms
160mW @ 300 Ohms
83mW @ 600 Ohms

Unbalanced
130mW @ 32 Ohms
200mW @ 50 Ohms
660mW @ 300 Ohms
330mW @ 600 Ohms

The ergonomic consideration of a large volume knob nicely sets The Island apart from the competition: HRT microStreamer, Audioquest Dragonfly, M2Tech HiFace [DAC] and Meridian Explorer.

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The ALO Island sells for US$299 and is available immediately.

Further information: ALO Audio / Addicted To Audio

Written by John H. Darko

John H. Darko

John is the editor of DAR, from whose ad revenues he derives an income. He is also an occasional contributor to 6moons and AudioStream and currently resides in Berlin, Germany.

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