Lots of people are storing lots of music on their smartphones these days. Unfortunately, smartphones don’t project great sound—but they certainly have potential. That’s why several companies have been coming out with portable headphone amp and DAC products to help pump up the sound of your favorite portables.
The big drag is that this adds to the weight of your portable, which is probably something you don’t want to do—and probably the main reason you’re stuffing that smartphone with so much music in the first place. Instead of adding another device into the mix, the HiFi-SkÃƒ:¿n is packing all of that audio technology into the case.
Yes, the HiFi-SkÃƒ:¿n is an iPhone case that has a DAC and headphone amp built in. It supports asynchronous digital streaming and mastering-level sound with up to a 24-bit/192kHz resolution. Even better, it can charge up your phone with the internal 1-amp charging circuit. Other features include 210mW of output power (with the option to bump that up to 300mW for an extra $79), a gain switch to match your headphones, and the promise of 10 hours of (estimated) playback.
Despite having all of that delicate technology, this case is designed to take a beating—or at least protect everything that’s inside. That’s because it’s made up of impact-resistant poly-carbonate plastic.
Made specifically for the iPhone 5, 5s, 6 and 6+, the HiFi-SkÃƒ:¿n is currently stirring up some buzz on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo. With just two days left in the campaign, the company has blown through its original $12,000 goal and is now promising stretch goals, including an upgraded 32-bit DAC, color options, and more.
To secure the HiFi-SkÃƒ:¿n headphone amp/DAC iPhone case as soon as it’s available, you’ll need to pledge a minimum of $199 before the Indiegogo campaign ends. If you miss out, the HiFi-SkÃƒ:¿n is expected to be available for sale sometime in April 2015, priced at $399.