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Hi-Fi Choice|July 2021
As THX enters the hardware market with its debut DAC, Cliff Joseph checks it out
Cliff Joseph

DETAILS

PRODUCT THX Onyx

ORIGIN USA/China

TYPE Portable DAC/ headphone amplifier

WEIGHT 20g

DIMENSIONS (WxHxD) 210 x 13 x 7mm

FEATURES

  • ESS ES9281Pro and THX AAA-78 processors
  • 32-bit/384KHz PCM; DSD128; MQA
  • 3.5mm out; USB-C

DISTRIBUTOR Razer

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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