Welcome to the Space Key campaign
Thank you for the big interest in the Space brand, which motivates us to come up with some great new audio products. We would like to show you or newest and smallest audiophile DAC (Digital to Analog Converter), which bears the name Space Key, because it resembles an ordinary USB "key" (i.e. USB stick or flash disk, thumb drive, whatever its called in your part of the World).
Space Key - the audiophile class USB DAC
The Space Key has the form of a small USB key in an elegant plastic case made by Hammond in the USA. On the top it has an OLED display with a resolution of 128 by 64 pixels, where you can see information about the format which is played back by the DAC at the moment. On the side it has a volume rocker, which can be also pushed to mute the audio. On one end it has a USB type A connector, and on the opposite end is a 3.5mm jack socket.
Thanks to the small size (78x30x16mm) the product is ideal for mobile use with smartphones, tablets and laptops, but it can be used with any other computer as well, as long as it has support for USB audio devices.
ESS® SABRE 32bits Reference D/A Chip and Powerful Audio Processor
The other very important component is the eight core XMOS USB High-Definition Audio Processor running at 8x500MHz which ensures high and precise data rates through USB 2.0 for the highest possible quality of the digital audio signals.
The hardware has been optimized in every aspect for the best possible sound quality. For example, we used a four layer PCB with 24 carat gold plated contacts and solder pads. Also, we used high quality (but non-nonsense) components throughout the board.
0.96" OLED display with a resolution of 128x64, high quality 3.5mm socket, volume/mute joystick and USB type A connector
Space Key High-End hardware with ESS® SABRE9018Q2C chip and eight core XMOS xCORE USB High-Definition Audio Processor
High quality audio output through the 3.5mm socket
Device and OS Support
Space Key falling from one meter.
DSD Audio playback
DSD (direct Stream Digital) audio is getting quite a bit of attention today. The sampling rates start at an incredible 2,8224 MHz, which is 64 times more than a normal audio CD's 44.1 kHz. DSD debuted with the Super Audio CD (SACD) format and it's the best available digital format in the world.
Quad-rate DSD256 (11.2 MHz) ASIO Native and DoP/dCS mode
The DAC in the Space Key supports DSD audio playback at a sampling rate of 11,2 MHz 1-bit, which is also known as DSD256, because the sampling rate is 256 times higher than the sampling rate of an audio CD, or of a usual MP3/FLAC file.
Space Key is a device capable of DSD playback with a sampling rate of 11.2896 MHz in native ASIO or DoP/dCS methods. The latter are methods for transferring DSD Audio over PCM Frames). Of course, lower sampling rates are also supported, like DSD64 and DSD128.
An interesting solution is to listen to your normal FLAC files in DSD64, DSD128 or DSD256 mode. The resulting sound is much more pleasant to the ear.
PCM playback via DSD output is supported via Audirvana Plus under macOS, or Foobar2000 under Windows. Direct DSD playback from a smartphone, in this case using the HibikiFree app.
DXD384/32 Master Studio Quality
Excellent Sound ExperienceSpace Key will delight you with high dynamic range and clarity unheard of in this price category before. Space Key is the best way how to upgrade your computer or smartphone with support for high resolution audio formats. Of course, you can still play your current audio library contents through the device, like your MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV and DSF or DFF files. You can also use it with your favourite music streaming service.
Best Sound at this priceDon't hesitate and order the Space Key Audiophile DAC during the campaign for the best price.
Kind regards, the Magic Pixel Team.
Risks and challenges
Although we have a few successful projects, from the design of the first prototype up to mass production, the possibility of an unforeseeable complication is always there. However during the years we learned to minimize these possibilities and deliver the product to our customers to their full satisfaction.
The prototypes we already have are fully functional. During the Kickstarter campaign we are going to finalize the hardware, software and design aspects of the product.
We hope our campaign will be successful and the product will satisfy our customers' needs in every way we can imagine.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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