[NextDrive] Spectra X Portable USB DAC
[NextDrive] Spectra X Portable USB DAC
[NextDrive] Spectra X Portable USB DAC
[NextDrive] Spectra X Portable USB DAC
[NextDrive] Spectra X Portable USB DAC
[NextDrive] Spectra X Portable USB DAC
[NextDrive] Spectra X Portable USB DAC
[NextDrive] Spectra X Portable USB DAC
[NextDrive] Spectra X Portable USB DAC
[NextDrive] Spectra X Portable USB DAC
[NextDrive] Spectra X Portable USB DAC

[NextDrive] Spectra X Portable USB DAC

Regular price $189.00

nextDrive logo, world'd smallest hi-res 32-bit USB Audio DAC
"The Spectra X delivers on pride of ownership and good DAC implementation"  -Audio Science Review

"To date the Spectra X is the best solution for an external DAC and amplifier to use with my smartphone." -Audiophile On

"The Spectra amplifier from NextDrive is a superb unit with a sound profile that helps in the delivery of exceptional clarity and bass speed, a smooth treble and also a well-balanced mids that has no trace of harshness."  -GearHungry

Introducing part two of the portable hi-fi revolution: Spectra X from NextDrive. Reviewers across the interwebs had nothing but praise for the Spectra, but NextDrive weren't satisfied. Beginning with the rock solid base composed of the ESS Sabre 9018Q2C hi-res DAC chip featured in the Spectra, NextDrive have pushed the envelope further with their proprietary XtraSOUND technology.

XtraSOUND delivers audio with even lower distortion and lower noise floor. Get the absolute best performance from your hi-res audio files without compromising portability and battery-free convenience. Plug into your iOS, Android, Windows*, Mac or Linux device and instantly give your high resolution audio files the outlet they deserve, bypassing the low quality consumer soundcards found in most computer hardware.

But don’t let the pencil thin aluminum case fool you: the Spectra X packs plenty of power with enough output to drive headphones up to 300Ω (after which you may want to bring your headphone amp into the chain), and its ESS Sabre 9018Q2C chip delivers sound quality previously assumed to be impossible in a form factor this size.

*Free Windows driver download required

The revolution starts now.

The reviews are in. According to audiophile reviewers around the web, the NextDrive Spectra simply cannot be beat in terms of cost versus audio quality, tech specs, portability, construction quality, ease of use and overall wow factor. With a sound profile that tends toward a ‘reference sound’ with a dash of extra warmth, the Spectra X delivers exceptional bass speed and clarity, well-balanced mids that are slightly forward, smooth treble without a trace of harshness; simply put, it is a listener’s delight.

Advanced System on a Chip from ESS

The Sabre SoC is the industry’s highest performance 32-bit mobile audio DAC with unprecedented dynamic range & ultra low distortion. It features a patented 32-bit HyperStream DAC that boasts a +121dB DNR. The DAC also has a patented time domain jitter eliminator for unmatched audio clarity free from input clock jitter. Integrated DSP functions give you click-free soft mute and volume control.

Specs
  • DAC: ESS Sabre 9018Q2C SoC
  • Input: 32-bit/384kHz PCM / 11.2 MHz DSD
  • DNR: +121dB / THD: -110dB
  • Max output: 2Vrms @ 600 Ohm / 49 mW @ 32 Ohm
  • 1/8" (3.5 mm) TRS ouput jack
  • DAC size: 3.75 x 0.44 x 0.44 in (9.25 in with cord)

Ready to join the world of hi-res music?

NextDrive suggests the following sources for more-than-CD-quality tracks:

HDTracks, Primephonic, Chandos, Onkyo Music, Mora, music.jp, Ototoy, Victor Studio HD-Music, AIX Records and Tidal MQA.

Audio interface

Get no-compromise sound quality from your mobile studio. Supporting low buffer sizes for good latency performance, it's awesome for a busy producer on the go.

Package contents

Spectra X DAC, microfiber case, quick start guide, presentation case with magnetic closure.