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4.3 based on 3 customer reviews

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Sound Quality

Good

Features

Good

Design

Excellent

Ease of Use

Excellent

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3 Customer Reviews

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Excellent Overall

PHA-1A 06 April 2019 by dcime (USA)

I purchased the Sony PHA-1A about 1 month ago. Now I got a really good deal on it that couldn't be passed up. Cant be too specific with price, however, this DAC ROCKS at any premium price or lower. It can be charged and be operated at the same time. My Galaxy Note 9 recognizes it with the PROPER APP, that being a paid for liscenced version of "USB Audio Player PRO" available at the Google Play App store. It's important to use this app which essentially is a jukebox style sound app. Benefit is of course it recognizes any USB DAC/AMP. Plug the Sony in to your phone with a USB Micro to USB A Female to USB Male in my case, with the Galaxy Note 9. After all is said and done this DAC sings like a bird. Very powerful to cover up to about 300 Ohm headphones. Most of us use far lower impedance headphone drivers anyway. Here's the thing...you can use your Smartphone DAC and take a chance on quality, or use the Sony DAC and be in heaven. The noise floor us almost nonexistant. Beautifully crafted in aircraft grade silver unpainted aluminum. The volume dial/power LED also alerts you to remaking battery when powering on each time If you use it while plugged in then, well, that feature is not needed. Again most of us will be using lower impedance headphones/earbuds that draw far less power. The SONY DAC itself is in it's own right absolutely beautiful. Very capable of handling High Res audio, you will be floored. There is also a "gain" switch on the back to pump it up even more. In all my testing with 6 wired earbuds ranging in quality to very high quality and Over Eat Headphones of the same caliber...It just will not distort! I have not experienced any crackling or noise except with absurd volume levels (not reccomended). So if you have the notion to buy this DAC in Brand New or Gently Used condition, I welcome you to a whole other level of high quality listening pleasure. Finally, I have lots of headphones of all sorts because, well, I am a collector. That may sound crazy to you I know, bit then you would not have read this entire review anyway. This is probably the best portable rechargeable DAC/AMP available to date. Sony knows a thing or two about audio and video. Originally from Japan, they were first to introduce the cassette player "Walkman" in the 80's. Today they make a DAP Walkman and while there is lots if competition, Sony seems first to the party. I love how nicely machined the PHA-1A is. How smooth the volume wheel is and, well, just how amazing this thing sounds!

Sound Quality

Excellent

Features

Good

Design

Excellent

Ease of Use

Excellent

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Room to improve

PHA-1A//M E 18 May 2018  (Singapore)

Had been used for few month. Unfortunately the comm cable unable to support USB type C (Sony XZ2). We need to purchase a converter. No audio input jack (3.5mm). I love the clear sound, light weight, and unit design. Battery life can be improve, and personally prefer the Amp can change the phone at the same time. Unable to charge the phone when listening to the music.

Sound Quality

Good

Features

Good

Design

Excellent

Ease of Use

Excellent

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Great

PHA-1A 02 May 2017 by Sunee (United Kingdom)

Pros: excellent sound and design, Cons: short time battery, no 3,5mm audio input, no bass boost

Sound Quality

Good

Features

Average

Design

Excellent

Ease of Use

Good

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