EarMen Colibri portable music player


The American manufacturer EarMen presents the versatile and portable music player Colibri, for great sound on the go.

Of course, you can listen to music on the go via a smartphone. With a bit of luck there is a decent DAC integrated, or you can plug in an external pocket one. In the latter case, the ‘hassle’ factor obviously increases. And so there is still a market for portable music players, with the high-res models being particularly interesting. Like this new Colibri from EarMen. The heart is formed by an ESS ES9281 Pro DAC chip. This allows you to play PCM in a quality up to 32 bit/384 kHz, DSD64, DSD128 and MQA. EarMen has opted for a gold-plated circuit board and a built-in battery. You connect 3.5mm unbalanced or 4.4mm balanced headphones to it. The fully CNC-milled housing from an aluminum block can take a beating. The price seems reasonable at $390.

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