CEntrance, a specialist in portable digital audio, has announced the i5 Audiophile Case, an iPhone case which incorporates a 24bit/192kHz DAC and sound card.
The unique device fits the Apple iPhone 5 and 5S and iPod Touch 5G, streaming asynchronous high-resolution audio directly from the phone's lightning jack. The i5 also includes a powerful headphone amp and larger battery, which delivers 11 hours of battery life for extended recording, mixing, mastering or listening sessions.
"iPhones store a lot of music, but their sound quality and battery life are not at the level our customers crave," says Michael Goodman, managing director of CEntrance. "We took our award-winning DAC technology and miniaturised it to fit inside a phone case. The handheld i5 was developed to do three things: to offer incredible sound quality, charge the phone and protect the phone."
The company has started a crowdfunding campaign for the i5 on Indiegogo, and promises early adopters will receive a "special deal". Other CEntrance products include portable amplifiers and DACs such as the HiFi-M8, Mini-M8 and A1.