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New DAC Drivers for FiiO Players

FiiO has released new DAC drivers for their USB DAC enabled players, the X3 2nd Gen Player, the X5 2nd Gen Player & FiiO X7.

The FiiO X3 2nd Gen, X5 2nd Gen and X7 players can be used to improve audio played through your PC.

The FiiO X3 2nd Gen, X5 2nd Gen and X7 players can be used to improve audio played through your PC.

The major update to the DAC drivers for Windows is designed to improve user experience, and the shiny new drivers allow the user to install without making any changes to other settings.


Please note: iOS users need not install a DAC driver on their system.


For more information on the new DAC driver please head to FiiO’s website:



DACs for your ‘phones?


Zorloo Z:ero


With greater demand for higher sound quality whilst on the move some manufacturers have come up with a novel way of getting you the quality you demand – earphones with integrated DACs.

The earphone manufacturer Zorloo has designed the ‘World’s First’ digital earphone, the bizarrely named Z:ero, which plugs directly into the Micro-USB port on your smartphone to provide you with digital audio output. With a Wolfson DAC and a headphone amplifier crammed into the in-line control, the Zorloo Z:ero is definitely more portable than carrying around a separate DAC and amp.


FiiO E18

Previously audiophiles on the move would have to carry around amplifier/DAC combos such as the FiiO E18

But Zorloo aren’t the only people to offer headphones with built-in DACs. Sony has already released the MDR-1ADAC, a set of over-ear headphones with a built-in DAC, and Philips demoed their new NC1L noise cancelling headphones at CES 2015, which has an integrated 24-bit DAC designed to give Apple users superior audio via the Lightning port on their device.


Zorloo may not have gotten there first, but incorporating DACs into earphones and headphones may be the start of a new trend as manufacturers look to target the more discerning smartphone audio enthusiasts.


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NuForce Icon iDo rated 1 of week’s top gadgets by Fox News.

iDoNuForce Icon iDo

~ £219 ~


The NuForce Icon iDo has been voted in the Fox News Tech Toys: The Hottest Gadgets of the Week. This digital audio converter (DAC) will simply plug into your music player and convert the file into something altogether more powerful and of superior quality. In a market flooded by Apple products these kinds of converters are ever relevant.


The iPod, iPad and iPhone house the majority of the market’s music which unfortunately means the majority of the market is not exercising the true potential of their music files. The issue with i-devices is that they do an excellent job of housing music files but not in converting them.


This is where the iDo comes in handy. After connecting and playing through the device the iDo bypasses the original DAC and uses its own. It extracts the original file that is stored in the Apple device and delivers bit-perfect, low jitter, audiophile quality music. An absolutely necessary accessory for any music player not using a high quality DAC – which means the majority of them!