Aqua is the world’s lightest headphone amplifier
The MP3 player is dying. Even the mighty iPod has been rumoured to be on its way out for years. That means we listen to music more on our phones. Which means we need Aqua.
It’s a highly portable amp for your headphones that promises to give studio-quality sound. Which is important if you listen to music a lot.
It’s so light it sits on the headphone cord, and won’t pull your ‘phones out of your ears. It weighs just 16g – that’s lighter than a pound coin. Plug it into your mobile, plug your headphones into it, and you’re good to go.
The built-in DAC supports 24bit/192kHz, which means your music should sound better than ever. As long as you upload decent-quality sound files in the first place.
The makers claim it uses an exclusive chip that amplifies 60mW circumaural headphones and earbuds with ease. In other words, it’s built for headphones, and will make even the crappiest pair sound respectable. That’s the theory, anyway.
It’s made of aluminium, and doesn’t look too bad. Which is handy, seeing as it’ll be dangling in front of your chest as you walk around.
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A play/pause button lets you control your music like in-line controls, and it supports the iPhone 5, 5S, 6 and 6 Plus, as well as all Android phones running Android 5.0 Lollipop or later.
It’s passed its funding goal and will ship in November. It will cost $79 (£51), though you can pick one up early for $59 (£38).