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Khadas announced Tone2 pro mini desktop & portable DAC


DuckToller

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Wesion - Khadas, well known for the 99$ Khadas Tone Board DAC, has announced a sublimal successor for the beloved unit, here are the first renderings:

Tone2 Pro (Perspective)Tone2 Pro (Front)

Tone2 Pro (Back Angled)Tone2 Pro (Top)
The Tone2 pro - details:
 

DAC + OPA1612 Op-Amps - Tone2 Pro combines the ESS ES9038Q2M with x4 OPA1612 operational amplifiers that deliver superior audio quality.

High Performance - Up to 32bit 384KHz sample rate, bit-perfect DSD512, and -118dB THD+N (line-out).

Balanced RCA - Next-generation "balanced RCA line-out" with 3-pin output, sets a new interface standard for the Hi-Fi industry.
Balanced & SE headphone output - 3.5mm single-end headphone jack, paired with a 4.4mm balanced jack. Each headphone jack is powered by an independent amplification pathway.

Linear Power Supply - Tone2 Pro has a second USB-C (I2S) port that supports 5V linear power supplies for ultra clean signal-to-noise ratios.

Volume knob - Hybrid digital-analog control knob for headphone volume. RGB LED ring for status indication and feedback. Rotary-push encoder for mode selection.
The unit deploys as well Hardware MQA Decoding through an XMOS XU216 processor for full MQA decoding, enabling next-gen "original master quality" web streaming and audio playback.

 

It looks like the unit design is quite close to the initial ideas and demands from customer in Khadas' own support forum. In pre-sales the offer stands at 169$, later it will be available at 199$ via hifigo. I have requested a demo model today ..  let's wait and see..

 

More information on:

https://www.khadas.com/tone2pro?cid=d71395af-d297-4468-b3b9-42735d23ae4d&utm_campaign=0ed4141f-01b2-4b2f-b13b-1106fe233dcc&utm_medium=mail&utm_source=so

 

 

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Khadas were demoing this unit at the Shanghai show last month. The most interesting aspect is their use of an RCA socket to implement a balanced connection. In essence they turn the centre prong of an RCA into two contacts for the + and - phases of a balanced signal. I wonder if this new scheme will take off generally....

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Oh, they promised me last year to send one automatically when I reviewed the KTBD but bought it because they didn't provide anymore review units. I used their mailing today to renew my request in response. ;-)

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Just now, DuckToller said:

Oh, they promised me last year to send one automatically when I reviewed the KTBD but bought it because they didn't provide anymore review units. I used their mailing today to renew my request in response. ;-)

I'll forward to you.

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