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Khadas Tea: Single-board computer manufacturer introduces a MagSafe DAC for iPhones that can power up to 300 Ohm headphones

The Khadas Tea is a Hi-Fi DAC for smartphones. (Image source: Khadas)
The Khadas Tea is a Hi-Fi DAC for smartphones. (Image source: Khadas)
The Khadas Tea may be a MagSafe compatible DAC, but it also works with Android devices using USB Type-C or Bluetooth. The DAC supports up to 24-bit/96 kHz audio when using a wired connection and should start shipping in March 2022. The Khadas Tea is orderable now for US$159 through Indiegogo.

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Khadas has brought the Tea to Indiegogo, a DAC that the company markets as the 'world's first Hi-Res MagSafe DAC'. Typically, Khadas produces single-board computers (SBCs), such as the VIM3L. However, it also sells the Tone 2 Pro, a DAC designed for PCs. The Tea builds on the Tone 2 Pro but keeps it to a 7.95 mm-thick chassis.

According to the manufacturer, the Khadas Tea has an ESS ES9281AC Pro DAC that supports Native DSD 256 and PCM. The company adds that the DAC also supports up to 24-bit/96 kHz audio over Bluetooth, which increases to 32-bit/384 KHz when using a wired connection. Incidentally, the Khadas Tea can utilise the apt-X HD and LDAC codecs, among others, thanks to a Qualcomm QCC5125 chip.

Additionally, the Khadas Tea is compatible with up to 300 Ohms headphones via its 3.5 mm headphone jack and has a 1,160 mAh battery for up to 70 hours of continuous playback. Unfortunately, the Khadas Tea cannot wireless recharge an iPhone, despite its MagSafe compatibility.

The Khadas Tea is orderable in two colours on Indiegogo, starting at US$159. Khadas hopes to ship Indiegogo orders in March 2022. Please note, backing devices on crowdfunding websites poses a greater risk than purchasing them from retailers. Eventually, the Khadas Tea will sell for US$199.90 when the company offers it directly.

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Alex Alderson, 2022-01-14 (Update: 2022-01-14)