Creative Labs has launched the X5; a new external DAC for $279. Featuring dual Cirrus Logic CS43198 DACs, a balanced headphone amplifier, and customizable DSP EQ functions, the X5 looks like a nice audio upgrade to SFF users on paper. Rear connectivity includes unbalanced RCA input and out ports, USB input, and optical input and output. PCM playback at 32-bit /384 kHz at 130 dB DNR is supported.
You can check out the product page HERE.
Tech Powerup has done a review HERE.
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An external DAC is an external sound card.
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