"Works Well… Lows Sound Weighty"
It's truly the age of personal, portable electronics. Everyone carries their music with them. Whether you're using iTunes for low-bit-rate downloads or high resolution music files, just connect your computer to the Stride portable headphone amplifier/DAC from ADL using via its USB cables or analog connection.
When you're on the road, plug your music player's analog headphone output into the line input of the Stride, open the player's volume to maximum, and use the volume control on the Stride. Stride's rechargeable battery makes this a very convenient portable audio product.
To take maximum advantage of Stride's audiophile performance, especially with higher resolution digital files, connect the Stride to your computer's USB port and you'll bypass your computer's poor quality DAC for Stride's superior built-in chipset. It's a WM8716 24-bit/192 kHz-capable DAC with TE7022L 24-bit/96 kHz USB chip for 24/96 USB input. And the USB port charges the battery, allowing you to listen to music while it's charging.
"The Stride works well," notes England's What Hi-fi? magazine. "There's no edginess or thinness to highs, and lows sound weighty."
Fits in the Palm of Your Hand
The Stride has a beautifully finished atomized black or silver-white aluminum body with anodized aluminum side panels. It neatly fits in the palm of your hand, allowing you to enjoy your music anywhere, on your desk or on the go. It has a high quality volume control, gold-plated 3.5mm analog line input, and gold-plated USB digital input for PC audio. (The phone jack overrides output from USB mini-B interface on rear panel).
In addition to its powerful chipset for processing digital files, Stride's high performance headphone amplifier drives 12 to 600 ohm headphones. It sounds superb and gives you lots of flexibility for headphone choice.
The Stride runs on USB power or via an AC/DC switching power adapter that recharges its internal battery. Music playback time is up to 80 hrs when fully charged. Charging time is approximately five hours.
"The Stride works well. It's not as dinky as the likes of an AudioQuest DragonFly, but it sounds good nevertheless… There's no edginess or thinness to highs, and lows sound weighty."
- What Hi-fi? magazine