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ALO audio’s Pilot is an exciting new portable USB-C DAC. Housing the terrific sounding ESS Sabre 9281cPro in a compact enclosure design, Pilot delivers some serious hi-fi in a compact form factor.
Pilot supports a full range of high fidelity formats putting the ever expanding universe of high fidelity streaming options all within reach.
USB-C to Lightning Adapter included.
While we’re usually not a fan of part numbers disguised as names, we’ll make an exception for this one. This is a great low power DAC chip that is easily powered from your portable device. It supports PCM up to 384 kHz, DSD up to 5.6MHz, and MQA support. Keeping the Pilot with you gives you a key to unlock high-resolution in whatever device may be near.
One fun aspect of Pilot is how easily it can fit into your EDC. Add it to your portable kit and you’ve got a whole new host of hi-fi experiences open to you. Designed to work without cumbersome plug-ins, it makes portable hi-fi easy and that’s something anyone can appreciate.
ESS Sabre DAC (9281CPRO with MQA support)
THD+N @ 0.0006%
< 2 ohm output impedance
PCM sampling frequency up to 384kHz
DSD sampling frequency up to 5.6MHz
MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) Support
3.5mm Jack with Mic Support
USB-C to Lightning Adapter Included
Blue = idle or SD audio <= 48kHz
Red = HD audio > 48kHz
Magenta = MQA content
Android / iOS
Windows 10 / Mac