CES 2015: Echobox Explorer X1 Portable Media Player and Finder X1 In-Ear Phones
So, I'm walking down the isle near the end of day one and Warren Chi grabs me by the shirt sleave and says, "Tyll, dude, you gotta come check these Echobox guys out!" When Warren asks, I listen.
Echobox has a bit of a new tack on digital audio players, one that seems in this day and age particularly sensible: Streaming. The Explorer X1 does have internal storage (16 or 64GB) and can play MP3, APE, WAV, FLAC, WMA, and ALAC formats up to 24bit/192kHz decoded by a Texas Instruments PCM1792 DAC feeding a TI TPA6120A2 headphone amp chip claiming 150mW output power. But the real front-and-center feature for the explorer X1 will be it's ability to hook up to a wide variety of streaming services. The current demo unit could connect to Spotify and Pandora, but future plans include support for TIDAL, WiMP, and Qobuz. The Explorer is expected in the not to distant future at around $450.
Also shown were a dandy set of titanium in-ear phones called the Finder X1. George mentioned these IEMs are laser carved titanium allowing them to include resonance and distortion eliminating geometries; titanium is also non-magnetic and won't interfere with the driver's magnetic surface. The Finders are expected next month and will sell for $199.
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