The Eversolo DMP A6 is easily one of the most buzzed-about products of 2023. It certainly has been big with the staff here at ListenUp. In fact, we could hardly do this review, because the demo unit sent to us by Eversolo kept getting checked out—literally everybody wanted to listen to it.
But before we get into the A6, we’ll start by saying this is not a traditional review. It’s more of a take on the current state of high-res streaming, inspired by the Eversolo A6.
There’s no disputing the Eversolo A6 is an amazing piece of Hi-Fi gear. But what is maybe a little overlooked, lost in all the hubbub, is really how meaningful the A6 is. It’s a lot like when the Bluesound Node first came out. There were plenty of good high-res streamers available at the time, but none were really that accessible. If you wanted a quality device in this category, you had to pay handsomely for it. What the Node did with a sub $600 price point, was open up high-res streaming to the greater community, highlighting the idea that new, breakthrough technology is a big deal, but isn’t necessarily meaningful until it becomes accessible.
Now the Node is still a great streamer that is an incredible value, but the spotlight has somewhat shifted. Or, maybe a better way to put it, the desire has shifted to streamers that offer sound quality but also an elevated user experience—large, color touch screens offering tons of interaction, capability, and a visual experience. Some early players are HiFi Rose and Aurender—both amazing streamers with incredible sound quality and big interactive screens, but at a higher price point.
Enter the Eversolo DMP-A6. It has all the high-res streaming performance and big-color touchscreen experience of top tier streamers, but it’s priced at under $900. And that’s why the A6 is making waves. Strictly defined, It’s not a breakthrough moment in streaming technology. But it is loosely, because even though it’s not the first to offer both sound quality and user experience, it is the first to make it accessible. The idea of not having to bend your budget to the brink in order to enjoy an amazing digital HiFi experience is just huge. And deserves plenty of praise, which is why we gladly salute the Eversolo DMP-A6 and have no problem labeling its release as a high mark in the history of HiFi. Way to go Eversolo!
Key features: Solid aluminum chassis with a 6” LCD touch screen and stylish trim ring. Quad-core ARM Cortex A55, 4G DDR RAM, and custom Android 11. Support for up to a 4TB SSD drive (not included) and Qualcomm 5.0 Bluetooth aptX HD. Versatile format support: FLAC, WAV, APE, DSD512, and MQA. Multiple streaming options: WiFi, Wired LAN, Bluetooth, Coaxial, Optical, and USB-C. Output flexibility: Coaxial, Optical, and HDMI out with a dedicated clock. Dual clocks for low jitter and a pair of ESS Pro DACs for improved signal-to-noise ratio.