TechTicker: HiFi Rose RS150 Streamer, the "small" Headphones from T + A, Audirvana now M1-native, ThinkTank Backpacks

The recently tested all-in-one streaming amplifier HiFi Rose RS201E has had a pretty big response. With its very large and practical touch display for this device class, as well as its Android-based operating system, the device stands out from the crowd.

With the RS150, the German Rose Sales audiodomain now also the technically much more demanding RS150 to Germany. It dispenses with a power amplifier section and only works as a steaming DAC and preamplifier, but dedicates itself to these tasks all the more consistently. Otherwise, the RS150 uses the same operating system, but has a touch display that is significantly larger at 14.9 inches. In addition, this model also offers the HDMI-ARC connection missing on the RS201E.

Equipped with Asahi Kasei’s flagship DAC chip AK4499EQ, the manufacturer promises particularly low signal noise, low distortion and ultra-high resolution analog sound density in proprietary technology (support for PCM 32 bit / 768 kHz and native DSD512 (22.5792 MHz)) for the RS150. Components such as a very complex linear power supply and a high-precision Femto-Clock are intended to ensure an optimal sound result.

CD playback and ripping is possible by connecting an optional external CD-ROM drive via USB. Music data can be stored on an optional SSD, USB storage device or MicroSD. The overall range of functions is huge and easily expandable thanks to the open, app-based structure. Features like playing YouTube videos and podcasts are rarely found in such streaming components.

The manufacturer’s recommended retail price for the RS150 is 3999 euros. As part of a Introductory offer the price will be reduced to 3799 euros by December 31, 2020.

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