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HRT Microstreamer

by HRT

Price: £179.00 FREE UK delivery.
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  • The microStreamer is an ultra high performance external sound card that connects between a computer, tablet, smartphone or any compliant host to your headphones or audio system
  • USB connected and powered, the microStreamer is simple to use and provides a level of improvement that has never before been possible
  • Machined from solid aluminum, the microStreamer is both durable and attractive.
  • With its high performance asynchronous USB transceiver, digitally controlled analog attenuator coupled to an OCL amplifier, the microStreamer provides a state-of-the-art listening experience
  • All power requirements for the microStreamer are supplied from the USB bus, operation is simple, just plug into any available USB port and in a matter of seconds, you will be ready to experience a level of sound that will astonish even the most discerning listener.

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  • Boxed-product Weight: 23 g
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  • Item model number: 348
  • ASIN: B00B4YE5BG
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 28 Dec 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,882 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

The microStreamer is an ultra high performance external sound card that connects between a computer, tablet, smartphone or any compliant host to your headphones or audio system. USB connected and powered, the microStreamer is simple to use and provides a level of improvement that has never before been possible. Machined from solid aluminum, the microStreamer is both durable and attractive. With its high performance asynchronous USB transceiver, digitally controlled analog attenuator coupled to an OCL amplifier, the microStreamer provides a state-of-the-art listening experience. All power requirements for the microStreamer are supplied from the USB bus, operation is simple, just plug into any available USB port and in a matter of seconds, you will be ready to experience a level of sound that will astonish even the most discerning listener. With its jitter free interface, the microStreamer will transform your computer into a better than CD quality source. Utilizing native Audio Class 1.0 drivers (present in all modern PC, Mac & Linux computers) there are no drivers or software to install. Simply connect it to your computer via the included USB cable, select the microStreamer on your computer, tablet or smartphone and you are ready to go. LED indicators show the current sample rate (32k, 44k1, 48k, 88k2 & 96k) as well as the state of the mute circuit; you will always know at a glance your systems operating mode. High Resolution Technologies' UpStream utility allows the microStreamer to be updated right from the computer's desktop in a matter of seconds.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Andrew J. Halley on 4 April 2013
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I bought this from Amazon ( very quick delivery) after seeing the front cover of What HiFi which basically asked "Do you listen to music via your computer?" "Yes!" I thought...read all the reviews and made the £179.00 plunge. Set the computer's Sound Preferences to "microstreamer" USB and then chose between the 3.5mm headphone or line level outputs.
The headphone output is controlled by the system's volume controls but it's the line out that has a fixed level.
I did an A/B comparison between my laptop's headphone socket and with the Microstreamer. Although there is a volume boost ( which could give a wrong impression ), I concluded that this device is defiantly a major improvement on anything I'd ever heard, and that means every piece of expensive HiFi I've ever had!
I have ripped most of my CD collection initially at 320kbs MP3 but recently AAC 320kbs or if I buy a remastered CD ( 4th time I've bought "The Lamb Lies Down"!), I have been trying out Apple lossless. As for higher bit rates, then that's for me to discover.When I registered the device, there was a free download of "The Coachman's Dance" by Shostakovich at a bit rate of 2652 Kbps sampled at 96khz which is the highest the unit can cope with. On listening to this via speakers or headphones I realised that it is my ears that will fail to deliver long before the HRT Microstreamer does!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert on 26 May 2014
I bought this as a step-up from a Xonar U3 DAC, which was originally a step-up from my laptop's internal sound card (which is awful) and I'm extremely happy with this DAC.

Just as a comparison. I bought the Xonar U3 because I got electronic interference noise with my onboard laptop soundcard.

A/B'ing the laptop soundard and the Xonar U3 I could immediately tell the difference. I thought the Xonar U3 sounded really good.

After getting the HRT microstreamer. I of course A/B'ed the two and though the Xonar sounded extremely flat and congested next to the HRT. It sounded horrible. (And I originally thought it sounded pretty good).

I've been using a pair of Shure SE535 for a little over a year now and have never been too concerned about the signal source but I was really missing out. The HRT brings all my music to life and it's now extremely fun and engaging to listen to music.

Basically what this will do for you is to give your music more depth, detail and space. I can hear things like the bass strings vibrating when they are plucked. Before I would only hear a muffled bass sound rather than the strings vibrating. And these small previously unnoticeable sounds stand out and sound alive.

The perk is I am also using this on my phone for the same audio quality. I can get incredible sound on the go. Now I just need to purchase a phone that has enough space to store 96khz flac files and I will be a happy camper.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Classical and Jazz on 26 May 2014
My first DAC was the Arcam rPac USB DAC, which while good had an (occasional) annoying niggle. There was a double click as it dropped the connection at the end of a track then reconnected for the next track.

So, it went back to the retailer from whom I bought it. They recommend the HRT Microstreamer as a replacement. I went for it.

Immediately on the first track played I was sure it sounded even better than the Arcam and the annoying clicks were gone. So, very happy.

I'd like to mention just how small this is - it is tiny - and would be inimitably suitable for a portable setup - though I'm using it for a desktop setup.

Oh, I should also say that the difference between playing audio through this and not is just simply amazing. I'll not be getting rid of my CDs just yet but the CD players will be getting much less use.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. I. Harper on 12 Nov 2013
This is a great DAC for the price and having read reviews comparing this device to those up to £300 I decided to purchase. I could instantly hear the difference when comparing it to the headphone output on my PC. I tried both 16bit and 24bit tracks and both sounded considerably better with the microStreamer. Would definitely recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Burford on 7 May 2014
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The difference that this little device makes to music playback from my PC is truly amazing. Taking the lazy option, pretty much all my music is now on my PC - recorded vinyl, copied CDs and straight digital downloads. I have a dual connection on my amplifier so I can actually compare the output through the computer sound card with that of the microStreamer at the flick of a switch. Incredible difference in clarity, musicality and presence. Love it.
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This works very well with my Windows laptop, letting me connect it to my Linn hifi and play streamed Spotify tracks. Using the Spotimote app from my Android phone means I can remotely control Spotify. So it's super lazy, very convenient, and most importantly it sounds great. The only thing I'm disappointed about is that I couldn't find an Android device which would work directly with the microstreamer. But all in all I think this is a real bargain and I definitely recommend it. Being able to sit down with your phone and a beer and listen to (almost) whatever songs in the world you want to, nice and loud on a pukka stereo without having to leave your chair, is a music (and a beer) fan's dream.
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