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  • Resonessence Labs Concero HP

CONCERO HP is three things in one: first, it is the Resonessence upgradable FPGA DSP core with all the proven filters and algorithms of the CONCERO family; second, it uses the 32bit ES9018-2M Sabre DAC in both PCM and DSD modes to provide high quality audio; and finally it provides a state-of-the-art headphone driver capability. The CONCERO HP delivers digital music directly from your computer USB or audio S/PDIF source to your chosen headphones with exceptionally low distortion (< 0.001%) and high dynamic range (> 112dB). Similarly to all the CONCERO family, the CONCERO HP enumerates on the PC as a USB Audio 2.0 device (by use of our freely provided Thesycon USB Audio 2.0 driver), and natively on the Mac. But in addition, CONCERO HP also enumerates as a Human Interface Device  (HID) which allows its volume control to drive the volume level in the music player directly. When internal up-sampling is being used (taking your 44.1kS/s or 48kS/s to 176.4kS/s and 192kS/s) pressing the center of the volume control knob cycles through the Resonessence up-sampling filters for you to optimize your listening experience. (These last two features mean that no remote control is necessary with the CONCERO HP, but if you prefer to use a remote control, CONCERO HP responds to the Apple IR Remote just like the other CONCERO family members.)

"So in the end, I am giving the Resonnessence Labs Concero HP two big thumbs up! I think they have passed my final test; the “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is” test and I did purchase the review sample. I found that it is the perfect workplace setup for me. It takes up very little room and can drive all of my headphones and IEMs and make them all sound incredibly enjoyable. If you’re in the market for an all-in one amplifier/DAC solution and don’t have a lot of space I would seriously recommend giving the Concero HP and audition and remember: great things sometimes do come in small packages!" —

"The Concero HP is good. But maybe good doesn't cover it. Great? No, that seems too cliche. Amazing? Superb? Preposterously capable? Now we're getting closer. How about this: I'm confident enough in the HP to bestow upon it the Wall of Fame award. That means it's among the absolute best I've encountered for anywhere near the price. Does that get my point across? For the modern user who doesn't have a lot of space, and doesn't need a dozen inputs, it really doesn't get much better than this. Doubly so if IEMs are your weapons of choice. Can you get more if you spend more? Always. But a lot of people won't need more and that's the whole point of this device. As sound quality goes, there is very little compromise involved—maximum power is about the only thing to watch out for.  Aside from that, a brilliant device that I really can't recommend strongly enough." —

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Resonessence Labs Concero HP

  • $950

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