Visit Us and Discover Your Inner Sound! May 9th to the 12th Audition the Stunning ADL X1 USB DAC on ADL H118 Headphones
May 7th, 2013 • ADL - Alpha Design Labs - creates innovative, smart-looking components for computer-based systems as well as personal and portable electronics. Tokyo-based ADL by Furutech™ aims high using the best materials and innovative design for an expanding line of Japanese designed precision products that includes the superbly comfortable H118 Headphones and now the X1 USB DAC/Headphone Amplifier.
The X1 has Landed! • Goes Anywhere • Stacks Easily • Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery • Digital Inputs for iDevices or Computer-Based USB • Superb Sound • A Perfect Match with ADL H118s • At Your Desk or On the Go!
Headphone listening is an intimate sonic experience and most enthusiasts use headphone amplifiers and a good pair of headphones - like ADL's H118 - to get even closer to the musical experience. Headphone amplifiers determine the quality of sound in hand with the headphones so both must be technically capable and offer fine sound as well. And in that department the X1 reigns!
The X1 is small, discrete but highly specified with inputs supporting iOS digital at up to 16/48 via APPLE MFI-certified USB cable for iPod, iPhone and iPad devices. The X1 also runs 24/192 SPDIF with high resolution files from MAC and PC via USB. There's an analog line-level 4-pin 3.5mm input and a 4-pin 3.5mm output for headphones in the 12~600 ohm range. The 4-pin input supports 3.5mm Remote and Mic Earphones. The 3.5mm TOSLINK optical output delivers SPDIF up to 24/192. There's a convenient GND TRRS switch making it easy to change from one 4-pin set of 'phones to another. No drivers are needed with Mac computers while a single standard driver is available for Windows computers.
H118 Headphones... It's All In Your Head!
What could possibly be more intimate than listening to music through headphones? It's just you and the sound in your head. Headphones are in close sonic and physical contact with the listener and many have too much bass, or they're too bright with a thick, congealed midrange, and most of them are uncomfortable to wear and ultimately fatiguing.
Alpha Triform Contour Earcups™
Triform Earcups are specially designed for a superior seal improving bass response over other designs. The Triform Contour also reduces internal standing waves and reflections for reduced distortion. The headband flare over the earcups make the H118 supremely comfortable, an observation everyone makes before suddenly captured by the sound!
The ADL H118 is balanced in a completely audiophile way, a very Furutech way. Rich tonal colors and textures with intimate and close harmonic interplay, a sense of space and quiet backgrounds are the key. It's an involving emotional experience when you're THIS CLOSE to the music.