Questyle Releases M15 Portable DAC/Headphone Amplifier
A relatively young company that's become particularly popular in Head-Fi circles worldwide, Questyle has specialised in high-resolution audio since its inception in 2012.
It wasn't until the middle of the decade that pundits really took notice, though, firstly with the company QP1r DAP, and then its 'Gold Stack' reference system that remains the benchmark system for many headphones enthusiasts.
With 5G cellular technology becoming more accessible and more music platforms offering lossless audio streaming services, mobile hi-res audio has become a popular way to enjoy high-fidelity music.
Questyle's new M15 is a portable lossless DAC with a headphone amplifier that promises “uncompromising performance and best-in class fidelity”, but don't limit yourself to only listening “on-the-go”. Questyle warns not to be fooled by its small size, as the M15 offers the ultimate portable audio experience, “be it through your Headphones or your Hi-Fi System.”
The M15 contains two of Questyle's patented CMA (Current Mode Amplification) SiP modules for a total of four CMA amp engines. This quadruple drive amplification circuitry “gives an outstandingly strong output that can drive almost any headphone”, says the company. It's Current Mode Amplifiers are characterised by their small footprint, low voltage operation, and minimal power consumption. Current Mode amplification has a naturally low impedance, affording the M15 a bandwidth up to 1MHz, distortion as low as 0.0003%, and the ability to reproduce every detail hidden deep within any track. The M15 features the highly acclaimed ESS ES9281AC flagship DAC, which can handle up to PCM384kHz/32bit and DSD256.
The M15 supports almost all music streaming platforms worldwide, including Apple Music, Tidal, and QQ Music. It fully supports and decodes ALAC, FLAC, MQA, and other lossless formats, says Questyle.
Available now, the Questyle M15 Portable DAC/Headphone Amp sells in Australia for $399 RRP. Stay tuned for a comprehensive StereoNET review coming shortly.
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