Test 3 Con­nec­tiv­ity

Bal­anced out­puts and Blue­tooth

Mac Format - - APPLE CHOICE -

All play­ers of­fer 3.5mm head­phone/line outs and dig­i­tal out via Mi­cro-USB, but Astell&Kern, Opus#1 and Onkyo also pro­vide bal­anced 2.5mm out­puts. Bal­anced head­phones have sep­a­rate ca­bling for the left and right grounds, which should mean less in­ter­fer­ence and noise than you can get with tra­di­tional ca­bling. Just re­mem­ber that you’ll need ded­i­cated head­phones to take ad­van­tage of these play­ers’ bal­anced out­put.

In ad­di­tion to wired con­nec­tiv­ity, the FiiO has 802.11g/b/n Wi-Fi and Blue­tooth. So does the Astell&Kern player, and its Blue­tooth sup­ports aptX, which was specif­i­cally de­signed for high-qual­ity wire­less stream­ing. The Onkyo and Pi­o­neer play­ers fea­ture aptX too, and they also take the Wi-Fi a step fur­ther by adding 802.11ac and Wi-Fi Direct au­dio stream­ing. Only the Opus#1 makes do with­out any wire­less fea­tures at all.

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