Dongle DACs are one of the fastest growing categories in high-res streaming and if you prefer using your smart phone or laptop to listen to TIDAL, Qobuz, Amazon Music HD, or Spotify — you really need to consider the THX Onyx which we recently reviewed and found to be one of the best available.
The Onyx is probably the best alternative to the AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt in the category and THX has announced a special 25% off Black Friday sale on Amazon. $149 is borscht for a portable DAC/Headphone Amplifier of this caliber.
The THX Onyx Dongle DAC was slightly late to the party, but it needs to be considered the “Godzilla” of the category if we’re turning this into a battle for supremacy between it and the AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt.
Staying true to its mission to empower high fidelity for entertainment, the company has unveiled the THX Onyx with improvements over traditional DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter) amplifiers by including THX AAA™ amplifier technologyonboard to ensure hi-resolution digital audio lossless playback.
The Onyx has both THX AAA and ESS Pro DAC chips inside, as well as MQA support, creating the potential for a best-in-class portable DAC/Amplifier; PCM hi-res is supported up to 32-bit/768kHz.
Not that you can find any music recorded like that. DSD support is also part of the package.
The industrial design of the Onyx is also something to mention; the enclosure is magnetized, and you can keep everything very neat and tidy when not listening and avoid any potential snags in your pocket.
The Onyx also works with headset mics; something you do not get from the DragonFly Cobalt.
Apple iPhone users still get the butt end of the rifle here; the THX Onyx Dongle DAC still requires the Apple Lightning to USB Camera Adapter in order to work.
The Onyx Dongle DAC is also accented by an all-metal CNC-machined body and a 3D THX logo which is a decades-long symbol representing high fidelity audio excellence.
The Black Friday/Cyber Monday special will run (Nov 9th through Nov 29th) with the THX Onyx at only $149 at Amazon.
This special pricing will only be available on Amazon.