As an important note in passing, we should mention that Fang Bain, head of HiFiMAN and Head-Direct, should now properly be addressed as Dr. Fang Bian, as he has recently completed work on his PhD in nano-chemistry. Congratulations, Dr. Bian!
High Resolution Technologies (HRT) was proudly displaying its new iStreamer iPod DAC ($199.95), which derive much of its goodness from design DNA drawn from the firm’s critically-acclaimed MusicStreamer family of affordable yet very high-performance USB DACs. But another key element that makes the iStreamer “click” is the fact that—unlike most other docking products for iPod, it offers what HRT terms a “jitter free” Host Mode interface with the iPod. About a week from now, Playback will publish a full review of this impressive little DAC.