"HRT Has Struck Gold Again"
Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and light enough to carry in a shirt pocket, the microSreamer from HRT was designed with portability in mind. The microStreamer is a USB connected and powered, ultra high-performance external sound card for computers, tablets, smart-phones or any compliant host. And for best sound quality it uses a high-performance asynchronous USB transceiver.
Dual purpose built, it incorporates both a high–performance headphone amplifier with an analog volume control that allows you to connect the microStreamer between your computer and headphones. A fixed-level, low impedance 2.25V line output allows you to connect microStreamer between your computer and home stereo, other entertainment system, or to powered loudspeakers.
Housed in an aluminum enclosure precision-machined from solid billets, the durable and beautiful microStreamer is modern, sleek and compact. It is simple to use and provides a level of improvement in sound quality that must be heard to be believed.
"I Can't Remember The Last Time I Had This Much Fun"
"HRT has struck gold again: the microStreamer is an excellent buy," notes England's What Hi-fi? magazine. "It doesn't matter what type of music you listen to: the microStreamer's insight, cohesion and surefooted rhythmical ability will ensure it works well."
"I can't remember the last time I had this much fun just kicking back, listening to music!" reports Michael Mercer in Issue 65 of Positive Feedback magazine.
A State-of-the art Musical Experience
To improve your computers’ sound quality, the microsStreamer takes over the job of processing the digital music stream from the computer - a task critical for producing great sound. Do not be fooled by its modest cost or small size: the microStreamer’s ability to transform the sound of your computer, smart phone or tablet’s music files or streaming audio into a state-of-the art musical experience will make a believer out of even the most critical listener.
Super Easy Set-up and Operation
As with other HRT products, the set up and operation of the microStreamer is super easy: simply use the included USB cable and hook the input of the microStreamer into any USB port on the host computer, smart phone, or tablet and select it as the default outpost device. Now you are ready to experience your music with the best sound possible.
Operating jitter-free via the use of its high-performance asynchronous USB transceiver, the microStreamer automatically performs an ‘electronic handshake’ when plugged into the computer or other host – telling the host that the microStreamer is to get all audio signals sent to it instead of the Digital-to-Analog converter (DAC) that is built into the computer, and that‘s it! To enjoy the music in your home entertainment system, connect the microStreamer’s 3.5mm fixed output mini-jack to any available line-level analog input on your integrated amplifier, preamp, receiver, or powered loudspeakers. Alternatively, connect your favorite headphones to microstreamer’s variable output port.
Internal Analog Volume Attenuator
Volume control of microStreamer’s OCL (output capacitor-less) headphone amplifier is accomplished by using the digital ‘slide’ control on the host computer’s music playback software to adjust microStreamers’s internal analog volume attenuator. This clever analog attenuation arrangement allows the full audio quality of the microStreamer to remain pure, clean and full-ranged, avoiding the known sonic degradation of digital attenuators.
With its jitter-free asynchronous interface, combined with processing power that allows native-resolution (no up-sampling) playback of digital music data up to a maximum of 24-bit/96k material, the microStreamer will transform your computer, tablet, or Smartphone into a better-than-CD quality source. Utilizing native Audio Class 1.0 drivers (present in all modern PC, Mac, and Linux computers) there are no extra drivers or software to install.
Sample Rate LED Indicators
LED indicators on the side of the microStreamer’s aluminum housing show the current sample rate (32k, 44k1, 48k, 88k2 & 96k), as well as the state of its built-in mute circuit; you will always know at a glance your systems operating mode. As with other HRT products, as firmware improvements become available, HRT's UpStream utility allows the microStreamer to be updated right from your computer desktop in a matter of seconds.
The High Resolution Technologies microStreamer, along with all the other products in the HRT lineup, is designed and manufactured with pride in Southern California.
"HRT has struck gold again: the microStreamer is an excellent buy."
"It doesn't matter what type of music you listen to: the microStreamer's insight, cohesion and surefooted rhythmical ability will ensure it works well."
- What Hi-fi?, magazine
"I can't remember the last time I had this much fun just kicking back, listening to music!"
- Michael Mercer, Positive Feedback, (Issue 65)