One look at the L1000 from Astell & Kern and you would know immediately why I requested one for review. This company, known for some of the best high end sound available in portables as well as beautiful designs must have had an itch to apply those skills to something a little larger.
The Mytek Liberty DAC and Headphone amplifier was assessed with Sennheiser HD-600 Headphones while being run via USB-2 in WASAPI push-mode from a dedicated Windows PC.
The Mytek Liberty DAC and Headphone Amplifier is one of the latest products from the prolific Mytek company, of Brooklyn, New York. The Mytek Liberty DAC is a member of the rapidly-growing DAC-Headphone Amp category of components. Its primary intent is to supplement a disc transport or a computer audio system playing local files or streaming audio including high-resolution MQA.
Schiit Audio is an irreverent company that builds high quality electronics for headphone listeners entirely made in the USA. The Asgard 2 and Bifrost are Schiit's most popular headphone amp and DAC, and they sound and look far more expensive than they are.
Everywhere you look established specialist audio companies are getting into the headphone and lifestyle market. These products are smaller, more affordable, and easier to use than traditional hi-fi. They appeal to a new generation of music lovers looking for products that fit their more mobile and computer centric lifestyles. I'm the ideal case study. I spend hours throughout my day listening to music on headphones at my desk. Streaming RDIO, watching videos on YouTube, editing videos, etc. While the built in headphone output on my Mac book Air is good. I've been using external USB Dacs for some time to drive bigger less sensitive headphones. Arcam sent us two of their R series boxes to check out, the rPac USB headphone DAC/amp and the rBlink Bluetooth DAC.