HRT Microstreamer : Great for Laptop and Android

I acquired this from amazon ( really rapid shipping and delivery) just after seeing the front deal with of what hifi which basically asked ‘do you hear to songs via your pc?’. Browse all the assessments and manufactured the £179. Established the computer’s audio tastes to ‘microstreamer’ usb and then selected between the three. 5mm headphone or line degree outputs. The headphone output is controlled by the system’s quantity controls but it is really the line out that has a fastened degree. I did an a/b comparison in between my laptop’s headphone socket and with the microstreamer. Although there is a quantity strengthen ( which could give a wrong impact ), i concluded that this unit is defiantly a big improvement on nearly anything i’d at any time heard, and that signifies every piece of high priced hifi i’ve at any time had. I have ripped most of my cd selection at first at 320kbs mp3 but not long ago aac 320kbs or if i get a remastered cd ( 4th time i’ve bought ‘the lamb lies down’), i have been seeking out apple lossless. As for better little bit prices, then that’s for me to explore. When i registered the system, there was a totally free obtain 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 by way of speakers or headphones i realised that it is my ears that will are unsuccessful to produce extensive prior to the hrt microstreamer does.

Whilst the microstreamer might effectively be an superb piece of package, i was expecting a considerable improvement on my macbook pro’s headphone out, and this it undoubtedly is not. It might be that the macbook has an underrated soundcard – i will not know, but after a number of a/b assessments with uncompressed audio data files i have to hear very tricky to decide on out any variations. I ought to point out that though i may possibly not have the very best ear but i can commonly place reasonably smaller differences eg. This is immediately after a 7 days, so i do not know if the microstreamer usually takes time to ‘break in’ as do some hifi merchandise, but i will update if this happens. Also, at the minute i am making use of very a low cost audio guide (while not one of the incredibly cheap terrible potential customers), which i will enhance – and then perhaps it will be less difficult to spot any advancement. Nevertheless, it is not as although the sound from both the macbook pro’s soundcard nor the microstreamer is poor – in fact, it techniques the high-quality of my technics 1200 with a denon dl-301 mk11 cartridge by way of a musical fidelity phono phase (applying the same tracks on vinyl).

HRT Microstreamer

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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.

At to start with i failed to actually see what all the fuss was about, but above time i started off to enjoy the clarity it gives the music especially if you hear with a very good established of headphones. I love the truth it has two outputs, just one is line-amount so you can use your existing amplified speakers with it, and the other port is for headphones where by you handle the quantity degree on the pc. It truly is pretty compact and is usb driven so no problems about getting an added ability socket.

This performs incredibly perfectly with my home windows laptop, permitting me join it to my linn hifi and perform streamed spotify tracks. Working with the spotimote application from my android cellular phone implies i can remotely control spotify. So it is really super lazy, quite handy, and most importantly it sounds excellent. The only factor i am dissatisfied about is that i could not obtain an android device which would work instantly with the microstreamer. But all in all i imagine this is a actual deal and i certainly advocate it. Currently being equipped to sit down with your phone and a beer and pay attention to (almost) no matter what songs in the world you want to, wonderful and loud on a pukka stereo without owning to leave your chair, is a songs (and a beer) fan’s dream.

My very first dac was the arcam rpac usb dac, which even though great had an (occasional) bothersome niggle. There was a double simply click as it dropped the connection at the close of a track then reconnected for the future track. So, it went again to the retailer from whom i purchased it. They endorse the hrt microstreamer as a substitution. Quickly on the initial track performed i was certain it sounded even much better than the arcam and the frustrating clicks had been absent. I would like to point out just how modest this is – it is little – and would be inimitably acceptable for a transportable set up – however i’m applying it for a desktop setup. Oh, i need to also say that the variation involving enjoying audio by means of this and not is just simply just amazing. I am going to not be obtaining rid of my cds just nonetheless but the cd players will be getting a lot fewer use.

HRT Microstreamer : I replaced a seriously expensive soundcard with this device and was very much impressed with the difference in output quality. I listen exclusively with audiophile-grade headphones (stax electrostatic and fostex planar) and both the stax via my external valve amp and the fostex directly driven from the headphone socket of the microstreamer sound stunning: detailed, sweet and *very* dynamic. I had no choice except to award five stars.

I purchased this as a move-up from a xonar u3 dac, which was at first a step-up from my laptop’s interior seem card (which is dreadful) and i am extremely delighted with this dac. I purchased the xonar u3 since i received digital interference sounds with my onboard notebook soundcard. A/b’ing the notebook soundard and the xonar u3 i could quickly notify the change. I assumed the xonar u3 sounded genuinely good. Right after receiving the hrt microstreamer. I of class a/b’ed the two and nevertheless the xonar sounded very flat and congested upcoming to the hrt. (and i originally thought it sounded quite great). I’ve been using a pair of shure se535 for a tiny more than a yr now and have by no means been as well worried about the sign resource but i was definitely missing out.

Very seriously enhances the seem high-quality of an idevice without having needing an exterior electricity source. No unsupported product / far too considerably ability necessary messages from apple when employing this natural beauty. But if you are critical about streaming then obtain a chord hugo at eight times the selling price.

I took a danger in acquiring this dac as i didn’t know how substantially advantage it would give, this definitely depends on how fantastic your audio card is in the 1st location. But owning heard songs via the microstreamer my laptop output now appears like listening to a pretty old mono recording after possessing experienced complete hello-fi stereo. And this is a samsung notebook that features high definition seem ability. I never know how it compares with other dacs but for the price i would endorse to anybody who listens to new music on a laptop or laptop. My only regret is not getting it a long time ago.

I’m utilizing this with an acer iconia home windows eight pill and the audio technica ath-m50 headphones and the clarity is fantastic. Frankly, i didn’t consider it would make a considerable big difference specified that the higher than headphones by now sounded amazing linked to my focusrite sapphire audio interface but it definitely does, detail across the total frequency selection is just so much crisper and clearer. Nicely worth the income if you might be into large quality audio. Greatest to also use flac information as opposed to mp3 if your gadget supports it as well, as flac documents are lossless. I’d go as significantly as to say that this dac would make my cd rips sound as very good as the cds applied to audio on my arcam alpha cd participant and highly rated rotel amp.

Very good sound quality but broke down in six months. You should not plug it in when you are not working with media programs since it gets overheated even in idle.

This minimal gadget has transformed my working experience of listening to tunes off my pc. I have been jogging my sound card feed via an old hifi amp but the addition of this streamer has additional detail, volume and pleasure to the practical experience. Even the tracks i loaded off cd’s years in the past into i tunes 7 sound clearer and as close to listening to a cd by means of the same amp as makes no difference to me. The streamer is plug & participate in, actually into the usb in the entrance of my computer. I improved my gadget configurations to the max that the device will take and was all set to go. I have go through evaluations that advise downloading a usb two driver from the product or service web-site. I haven’t observed that driver still but am much more than joyful with the audio i listening to.

This is a terrific dac for the price and acquiring examine critiques evaluating this system to people up to £300 i determined to acquire. I could right away listen to the difference when comparing it to the headphone output on my personal computer. I attempted both of those 16bit and 24bit tracks and both sounded substantially superior with the microstreamer. Would certainly recommended.

Summary
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Reviewed Item
HRT Microstreamer
Rating
3.9 of 5 stars, based on 15 reviews
Price
£189.00

One Comment on “HRT Microstreamer : Great for Laptop and Android”

  1. At first i didn’t really see what all the fuss was about, but over time i started to appreciate the clarity it gives the music especially if you listen with a good set of headphones. I love the fact it has 2 outputs, one is line-level so you can use your existing amplified speakers with it, and the other port is for headphones where you control the volume level on the pc. It’s very small and is usb powered so no worries about having an extra power socket.
    1. At first i didn’t really see what all the fuss was about, but over time i started to appreciate the clarity it gives the music especially if you listen with a good set of headphones. I love the fact it has 2 outputs, one is line-level so you can use your existing amplified speakers with it, and the other port is for headphones where you control the volume level on the pc. It’s very small and is usb powered so no worries about having an extra power socket.
  2. This review is from : HRT Microstreamer

    Seriously improves the sound quality of an idevice without needing an external power source. No unsupported device / too much power required messages from apple when using this beauty. But if you are serious about streaming then buy a chord hugo at 8 times the price.
  3. This review is from : HRT Microstreamer

    Seriously improves the sound quality of an idevice without needing an external power source. No unsupported device / too much power required messages from apple when using this beauty. But if you are serious about streaming then buy a chord hugo at 8 times the price.
  4. This review is from : HRT Microstreamer

    Very good sound quality but broke down in 6 months. Don’t plug it in when you are not using media applications since it gets overheated even in idle.
  5. This review is from : HRT Microstreamer

    Very good sound quality but broke down in 6 months. Don’t plug it in when you are not using media applications since it gets overheated even in idle.
    1. 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. Immediately on the first track played i was sure it sounded even better than the arcam and the annoying clicks were gone. 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.
  6. This review is from : HRT Microstreamer

    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. Immediately on the first track played i was sure it sounded even better than the arcam and the annoying clicks were gone. 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.
    1. 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. 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. (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.
  7. This review is from : HRT Microstreamer

    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. 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. (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.
    1. 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.
  8. This review is from : HRT Microstreamer

    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.
  9. This review is from : HRT Microstreamer

    I’m using this with an acer iconia windows 8 tablet and the audio technica ath-m50 headphones and the clarity is outstanding. Frankly, i didn’t think it would make a significant difference given that the above headphones already sounded fantastic connected to my focusrite sapphire audio interface but it really does, detail across the entire frequency range is just so much crisper and clearer. Well worth the money if you’re into high quality audio. Best to also use flac files as opposed to mp3 if your device supports it as well, as flac files are lossless. I’d go as far as to say that this dac makes my cd rips sound as good as the cds used to sound on my arcam alpha cd player and highly rated rotel amp.
    1. I’m using this with an acer iconia windows 8 tablet and the audio technica ath-m50 headphones and the clarity is outstanding. Frankly, i didn’t think it would make a significant difference given that the above headphones already sounded fantastic connected to my focusrite sapphire audio interface but it really does, detail across the entire frequency range is just so much crisper and clearer. Well worth the money if you’re into high quality audio. Best to also use flac files as opposed to mp3 if your device supports it as well, as flac files are lossless. I’d go as far as to say that this dac makes my cd rips sound as good as the cds used to sound on my arcam alpha cd player and highly rated rotel amp.
      1. This little gadget has transformed my experience of listening to music off my pc. I have been running my sound card feed through an old hifi amp but the addition of this streamer has added detail, volume and enjoyment to the experience. Even the tracks i loaded off cd’s years ago into i tunes 7 sound clearer and as close to listening to a cd through the same amp as makes no difference to me. The streamer is plug & play, literally into the usb in the front of my pc. I changed my device settings to the max that the device takes and was ready to go. I have read reviews that recommend downloading a usb 2 driver from the product website. I haven’t found that driver yet but am more than happy with the sound i listening to.
  10. This review is from : HRT Microstreamer

    This little gadget has transformed my experience of listening to music off my pc. I have been running my sound card feed through an old hifi amp but the addition of this streamer has added detail, volume and enjoyment to the experience. Even the tracks i loaded off cd’s years ago into i tunes 7 sound clearer and as close to listening to a cd through the same amp as makes no difference to me. The streamer is plug & play, literally into the usb in the front of my pc. I changed my device settings to the max that the device takes and was ready to go. I have read reviews that recommend downloading a usb 2 driver from the product website. I haven’t found that driver yet but am more than happy with the sound i listening to.

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