01 Jul '16, 3pm

Review: Better High-Definition Audio From Your Smartphone

Review: Better High-Definition Audio From Your Smartphone

Photo: Randi Klett Hi-Fi: The author tested a DragonFly DAC with Audeze EL8 headphones. Good headphones are required for noticeable results. The modern smartphone may be a self-contained technological marvel, but that hasn’t stopped engineers from coming up with a vast assortment of gadgets that plug into it. There are gizmos to augment your phone’s camera, monitor your physiology, accept credit card payments, or even listen to software-defined radio . But the best of these (in my admittedly biased view) are the add-ons that improve the phone’s music-playback capabilities. You can now get fantastic audio out of your phone—and you do not have to pay a lot to do it. If you’re an audiophile, you’re probably aware of these offerings. But the dizzying array of products, promises, and prices may have left you puzzled. I’m here to help. I spent some time recently with several int...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/consumer-electronics/audiovideo/...

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