PRODUCT THX Onyx
TYPE Portable DAC/ headphone amplifier
DIMENSIONS (WxHxD) 210 x 13 x 7mm
- ESS ES9281Pro and THX AAA-78 processors
- 32-bit/384KHz PCM; DSD128; MQA
- 3.5mm out; USB-C
WEBSITE thx.com razer.com
There are many speakers and home cinema systems that boast THX Certification, but the company has now released its first home-grown hardware product in the form of the Onyx portable DAC.
Like many converters designed for use with smartphones and tablets, the Onyx has a highly compact design that measures just 210mm long, so you can slip it into your pocket. It’s a little chunkier than some of its rivals, but that’s down to the use of both an ESS ES9281 Pro for the primary DAC chip along with THX’s own AAA – ‘achromatic audio amplifier’ – to provide what it describes as: “satisfyingly loud” sound.
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