Jade-2 DAC does not sound jaded
The Orb Jade 2 - distributed in Malaysia by Nova Hi-Fi - uses the much-praised AKM AK4396 24/192 chip and it accepts 24/192 via its coax and Toslink inputs while the USB port accepts up to 24/96.
|The front controls of the Orb Jade-2 DAC.|
On the front panel of the Jade-2 DAC is another USB port which accepts thumbdrives with WMA/AAC/MP3 files.
Shaped like a Cyrus-style shoe-box component, the Orb Jade-2 DAC runs quite hot as its analogue output stage is in Class A.
While I did spend some time listening to MP3 files on a thumbdrive, most of the listening sessions involved streaming hi-res music from my laptop using J. River V16. Since I also received the Pro-Ject CD Box SE (see http://hi-fi-avenue.blogspot.com/2011/12/impressive-pro-ject.html at about the same time that I got hold of the Orb Jade-2 DAC, I spent many hours spinning silver disks and the two proved to be a great match.
I noted that the Jade-2 DAC seemed to emphasise smoothness rather than details and this was evident when I compared it with the resident Wyred 4 Sound DAC2.
|Playing songs from a thumbdrive.|
|You can connect an analogue source to the Jade-2 for headphone listening.|