TEAC launch the AI-503 - Integrated Amp

Review - TEAC AI-503

TEAC AI-503

TEAC launch the AI-503 - Integrated Amp
T he TEAC AI-503, at £899, is an integrated amp, a USB DAC, LDAC compatible Bluetooth receiver and headphone amp. TEAC quote a rated output of 22 Watts per channel into 8 Ohms so the AI-503 is very much a desktop amplifier. The USB DAC section follows a similar dual mono design as that used in the award winning UD-503 USB DAC and headphone amp. The AI-503 can decode up to 11.2MHz DSD and 384kHz/32-bit PCM

The AI-503 is available in either black (pictured) or silver.

■ Key features for the AI-503 are –

• USB DAC with a dual-mono configuration that supports resolutions up to 11.2MHz DSD and 384kHz/32bit PCM

• Bluetooth® receiver supports LDACTM/Qualcomm® aptXTM for high quality wireless audio quality

• Dedicated headphone amp with discrete, push-pull circuit

• Headphone jack supports 3.5mm 4-pole separate ground connection

• Combined stereo mini/optical digital jack on front panel, convenient for connecting digital audio players

• Pre-amp section provides fully balanced transmission and uses TEAC-QVCS high-precision volume control circuit

• High-output Class-D power amplifier (made by ICEpower a/s)

• Switchable filter types, including 4 PCM and 2 DSD digital filters

• Pre-out jacks can be connected to both power amplifiers and active speakers

• Two pairs of analogue RCA inputs, as well as USB, optical and coaxial digital inputs (one each) on back panel

• Dual analogue level meters with adjustable brightness

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