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Au­ralic has re­leased two new DACs that in­cor­po­rate head­phone am­pli­fiers, SD card read­ers, An­droid phone play­ers and also func­tion as stands on which you can store your head­phones when you’re not us­ing them. Au­ralic says its new Gemini 1000 ($1,399) and Gemini 2000 ($2,499) DACs com­bine tech­nol­ogy de­rived from its Vega Dig­i­tal Au­dio Pro­ces­sor and Taurus MkII bal­anced head­phone am­pli­fier. The Gem­i­nis sup­port all cur­rent for­mats in­clud­ing WAV, AIF and AIFF and all sam­ple rates/ word lengths up to 384/24 (192/24 over Toslink) with full DSD sup­port. ‘ With its multi-use ca­pa­bil­i­ties, the Au­ralic Gemini con­tains func­tions that are nor­mally han­dled by mul­ti­ple de­vices and sys­tems,’ said Ge­orge Poutakidis, of BusiSoft, which dis­trib­utes Au­ralic in Australia. ‘ Con­tain­ing some im­pres­sive fea­tures, the Gemini serves as a head­phone stand, head­phone am­pli­fier, mul­ti­ple-in­put DAC, SD card reader and An­droid phone player.’

The SDXC card reader built into each Gemini al­lows it to host your per­sonal dig­i­tal mu­sic li­brary (up to 2 ter­abytes). Af­ter con­nect­ing the Gemini to your com­puter via USB, two de­vice icons ap­pear on your com­puter’s screen: one be­ing the au­dio in­ter­face for the am­pli­fier and decoding, the other for the SDXC card. Each Gemini comes stan­dard with a 4GB SD card loaded with com­puter driv­ers, a User Guide, a bun­dle of high-res­o­lu­tion au­dio tracks, and a mu­sic player. In ad­di­tion to the SDXC card reader, other in­put op­tions are USB, Phone (links to An­droid tablets and phones via a stan­dard data ca­ble) and Toslink. The soft­ware sup­ports Win­dows, OSX and Linux op­er­at­ing sys­tems. Both Au­ralic Gemini mod­els are avail­able in five colours (black, blue, red, yel­low and white). In the case of the 2000, you ad­di­tion­ally have a choice of base fin­ish (chrome or gold) while the 1000 comes stan­dard with a ti­ta­nium base. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact BusiSoft on 1300 888 602 or visit the web­site at

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