Geek Out is a super high-end audio component. It is an audiophile-grade asynchronous USB 2.0 DAC and Class A headphone amplifier. This means that the Geek Out will make your music sound better than you have ever heard it sound before through your headphones or active loudspeakers.
How do I use it?
Just plug it in to your computer and experience so much more than even the best computer sound card has to offer.
It has been developed to plug in to your computer as this is the best source for playing music, films and games. It can also be used with Android phones and tablets, as well as iPads using the Camera Kit. For more information see the Geek blog for Android connection and iPad connection.
How does it work?
The Geek Out decodes and amplifies your digital audio so your headphones or active loudspeakers can really sing. It features the highest resolution audio decoding capabilities on the market.
High performance isn’t just for audiophiles any more!
What makes it better?
The Geek Out has been developed by LH Labs. LH Labs are a division of Light Harmonic, who develop and sell the Da Vinci range of DACs that start at £20,000: arguably the best performing DACs in the world (come and talk to us if you are interested in one of these!).
The Geek Out inherits cost-effective technologies from the flagship Da Vinci DAC including:
- The patent-pending three layer buffer
- 384 kHz / 32 bit and DSD 2 decoding engines
- Class A high current output
- Less than 1 Ohm output impedance
As if this wasn’t enough, the Founder and President of LH Labs and Light Harmonic, Larry Ho, was the Executive VP of a leading USB integrated circuit company before he established these companies.
He led a team of over 150 electronic engineers who contributed vital work to the USB 2.0 Audio Class Standard and developed USB DSP software drivers for partners including Dolby, DTS and Sennheiser.
What Larry doesn’t know about USB is not worth knowing and all this knowledge has been applied when developing the Geek Out.
This means that the Geek Out delivers stunning performance but at a fraction of the cost of the Da Vinci. Now EVERYONE that enjoys listening to music can have the audiophile experience!
Geek Out USB DAC features
This is the most advanced and powerful USB audio device on the market incorporating:
- Powerful amplifier: Up to 25 times more powerful than a computer headphone jack
- Audiophile grade DAC: Can handle super-high resolution audio up to 384kHz / 32 bit and decodes DSD and DSD2 (DSD64/128) audio natively
- Two 3.5mm output jacks: so that you can enjoy music with friends. The outputs can drive headphones or active loudspeakers like the Scandyna Micropod Active pack.
- 3D spacialization technology: for a more natural sound
- Output Impedance is 0.47 Ohm: much lower than the competition and making your music sound much clearer
- Includes external USB cable: No extra cables to buy
There is a choice of 3 power outputs to choose from to ensure the best match for your headphones:
- Geek Out (Silver): 450 mW power output. Perfect for efficient headphones with an impedance of less than 100 ohms £199
- Geek Out M (Black): 720 mW power output. Perfect for less efficient headphones with an impedance of 100 – 300 ohms £249
- Geek Out EM (Red): 1000 mW power output. Perfect for low efficiency headphones with an impedance over 300 ohms £299
For more technical information on the Geek Out including how to connect it to Android and Apple devices, as well as other products in the pipeline from Geek, please look at the Geek blog.
After nearly a year of planning, Geek Out was launched on Kickstarter. It quickly became the most successful audio-related campaign in Kickstarter history and reached its $28,000 goal in only 10.5 hours! After 30 days it had gained 2,146 backers and raised over $300,000 dollars: that’s over 10 times the original target.
Geek Out Specifications
|Volume Control||Buttons & Software|
|Input||USB 2.0 (Asynchronous)|
|Output Impedance||0.47 Ohm|
|Outputs Used||2 x 3.5mm Analogue|
|Max Driver Output||
|Max Output Voltage||
|Amplifier Type||Class A|
|THD + N||0.010%|
|Max Native Sample Rate||32 bit / 384 kHz|
|Max Native Bitstream||6.144 MHz|