Cozoy Takt Pro Dac/amp review - expatinjapan





Cozoy Takt Pro Dac/amp review
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The Cozoy TAKT Pro is a simple and elegant solution for those wanting quality audio playback whilst on the go, commuting and about town.
Stylish in its form and stunning in its sound quality it will turn your smart phone, tablet or computer into an mid-fi audiophile system.

Specifications

COZOY TAKT PRO High Resolution Portable Decoding Headphone Amplifier For iPhone/PC/Android

Description via Penon Audio:

Note : COZOY TAKT PRO temporarily does not support iPhone 8/8Plus/X, but can be supported by using the camera kit cable .

Remodel the portable player experience - easily upgrade your phone to a high-end portable player
COZOY TAKT Pro decoders use the same aviation aluminum alloy AL6063 of the several generations iPhone to build. Equipped with high-performance decoder chip and line design, coupled with the chip built-in DSP (Digital Sound Processing) digital correction engine settings, in order to bring strong output drive, very low noise and ultra-high signal-to-noise ratio under a very small volume, which compared with the traditional decoding amplification combination, non-general meticulous sound experience
Each set of TAKT pro includes Lighting (including genuine Apple transmission chip), USB and Micro USB OTG wire, support iOS, Android and a variety of USB platform. TakT Pro has a signal-to-noise ratio of up to 120dB and a low delay of 80ms, install the ASIO Driver, then compatible with a variety of DAW and fine tuning.
Use the special customized SABRE9018Q2C for portable devices

TAKT PRO uses the SABRE9018Q2C reference level D / A converter, the chip uses advanced 40-QFN package, built-in Time Domain Jitter Eliminator technology. The 32-Bit HyperStream architecture native supports 32-bit 384kHz PCM signals and up to DSD-11.2MHz signal processing.
Without battery, screw design and coupled with the top parameters



Through the USB device to take power (without battery aging risk)
6063 aluminum alloy to create a smooth shell (aluminum, magnesium, silicon mixed materials, reduce the bad resonance)
Support ADIO (80ms low latency)

32Bit 384 kHz (recording engineer level file decoding)
Native decoding playback, DSD 256-11, 289, 600 (11.2MHz)
Emphasize material, focus on the stability of the streamlined design

Ultra-lightweight design, suitable for daily carry
Integral and without screws, can be detachable cable design

Very low ripple linear power supply
Asynchronous clock

Six independent regulator circuits
Connect with your portable device
Each TAKT Pro contains three wires:

iOS lighting cable – lighting device w/iOS onboard
Micro-micro USB cable – Android phones, tablets
full size USB cable – MACs, Laptops, PC systems
Specification

Output power: 1.5v RMS @32ohm per channel
Housing material: 6063 Aluminum Alloy
Input power: device dependent
Input: micro USB, USB, lighting
Output: 3.5mm TRS Stereo
SNR: 120dB
*Takt Pro is device powered; driver may be required on some operating system

Package

COZOY TAKT PRO
Lighting to micro USB cable
Micro-micro USB cable
Micro USB-USB cable








Sound


If you have followed the progress of Cozoy products you will know that they build on the previous experience of the earlier products and improve with each new offering.

From the Astrapi, Aegis, TAKT, REI and now to the TAKT Pro.

The Astrapi and Aegis had their short comings, I didn`t listen to the first TAKT but did review the Cozoy Rei. And I really thought it was an excellent sounding product.


On to the TAKT Pro.

I really like its smaller form, a dongle of sorts.



The TAKT Pro is an excellent solution for those on the go.

Its close cousin is the Cozoy REI, whilst it doesnt outperform the REI it comes very close.

The Cozoy REI is more refined, with a definition at all volumes, smooth and detailed.
A large sound stage.

The TAKT Pro coming in at a smaller price point has more body, whilst certainly not lacking in treble and space it is not as expansive as the REI.

The main difference that is noticeable and this goes for many players or dac/amps as you you up the scale is layering, coherency and control.

Vocals are lush and sweet, a bit forward at times, nice deep lows that are full with depth, treble has a decent extension and the mids can have a slight rise compared to the bass.

When I swapped the lightning cable i did notice some overall improvement in control, resolution and micro details. I have found the same with other dac/amps also using the REI cable.

Imaging is average, sound stage is just above medium. Instrument separation is acceptable.

Overall it has nice body to it, a bit of warmth at times, enough treble but not its defining feature.



Using Flacplayer app by Dan Leehr

Price

US$289.00


Small in stature, gigantic in power, dynamics and body




Size and form

Cozoy Stock photos





Stunningly beautiful in its simplicity



Overall

The Cozoy TAKT pro is an easy to use plug and play dac/amp to use on the go or at home.

It is small and lightweight and easy to carry in a pocket or bag.

The TAKT Pro comes with a variety of cables Lighting to micro USB cable, Micro-micro USB cable, and a Micro USB-USB cable.

It has oodles of power, I was at around 50% on my ipod touch and I like it loud.

Whilst not as refined as the Cozoy REI. the TAKT Pro has more body. It is warm due the more forward mids, has an above medium sound stage, instrument separation is decent and resolution can be track dependent but overall satisfies.
Its not to say its a poor performer, it isnt. It does its job well. 
But when I have choice between the two I`d pick up the REI. Yet remembering the gulf in the price between the two.
Although the TAKT Pro benefited by using the REI stock cables and the distance between them closed quite considerably.

The TAKT Pro spec wise has the highest technical specs in its class by quite a margin.

Its dynamic range is very satisfying.

If you want to improve the sound of your smart phone the TAKT pro is a step in the right direction.
Its warmth, depth and body with a decent bass, air and enough treble to please, the TAKT pro could be for you.






Thank you to Cozoy for sending Head pie the TAKT Pro for review

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