Phoenix Gold entered the Hi-Res Audio fray with the first 56-bit digital signal processor (DSP).
The high end iS-DSP1.8 processor is also one of the first to stream Hi-Res Audio over WiFi from an Android or iOS device. It also plays Hi-Res Audio (HRA) via a USB connection for Windows.
The device works work with various car audio components through 6 RCA inputs, 6 high level inputs, SPDIF input/output, and 8 RCA outputs.
It uses a Burr Brown high end audio AD/DA converter.
The iS-DSP1.8 has multiple tuning controls including equalization, crossover network, and time alignment. It has a built-in 30-band 1/3 octave parametric equalizer and its crossover network allows slopes up to -30dB with the ability to combine channels.
The unit can support up to five sources (streaming, auxiliary, high level, preamp, and optical) and can be daisy chained to a second iS-DSP1.8 through an optical output creating up to 16 channels. Suggested retail price for the iS-DSP1.8 is $1100 with shipping expected in March.