If moveable audio has been formed by something apart from advancing headphones expertise lately, it is the arrival of portable DACs – pocketable ‘intermediary’ units that join between a telephone or laptop computer and a pair of headphones to enhance sound high quality. We have had laptop-friendly AudioQuest DragonFlys and the extra versatile Audiolab M-DAC nano, for instance, and now THX (sure, that very same agency famously behind cinema audio requirements) is getting into the buyer electronics market with an identical system.

The all-new THX Onyx ($200, €210) is a dongle designed to boost the efficiency between your USB supply and your headphones or desktop audio system. You may plug it into any PC, Mac or Android system toting a USB or USB-C port, with iOS units requiring the slim Apple Lightning to USB Digicam Adapter to be suitable. On the different finish, the Onyx has been designed to drive all method of headphones – these with impedances from 22ohms to 600 – through its 3.5mm jack, by which desktop audio system can be linked.

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