Disclaimer: the UHA-6S.MKII seen in this review was supplied direct by Leckerton Audio. It goes for 279$ USD. You can find out all about it here: UHA-6S.MKII.
The UHA-6S.MKII isn’t just handsome. It is solid and clearly labelled. It is easy to use and precise. Its packaging is minimal, is accessory set tip-top. On the non-sound front it impresses. And it doesn’t stop there. It hooks up to your iOS device, a large number of Android devices, and to your PC.
In the box
Its Monoprice USB power/interface cable is slick, clearly labelled, and strong. Basically, it’s an Apple USB cable done right. To connect it to your iPhone, you’ll need a lightning-USB adapter. The UHA comes in a tiny packaging box. Plusses from me all around. It is simple, and even in burn-everything societies like Japan, wonderfully recyclable. Its singular feature: a Leckerton logo, draws the eye. Inside are: a strip of 4 rubber foot bumpers, a slightly shed-prone carrying pouch, and the aforementioned USB cable.
Pretty well done.
Apart from the shaggy pouch, everything about the UHA-6S.MKII is quality. Its chassis is evenly and smoothly blacked, or silvered; its marque and all interface indicators printed and set legibly and precisely. Fastening hardware sits in shallow countersunk wells, and all both ports and interface knobs and levers are both functionally precise and beautifully finished. The coaxial port budges slightly when given a firm thumb. Both the power and the charge indicator lamps glow bright enough to be seen in daylight, but not too bright. The UHA-6S.MKII is a brilliant part of a bedside rig.
USB, optical, coax, What else could you wish for. If you’re sick of the leaning on the UHA-6S.MKII DAC’s rendition of your favourite music, you can hook up your smartphone, DAC, or high-end player through its front-mounted 3,5mm stereo input. That input is far enough from the headphone jack for two semi-fat connectors to sit side-by-side. No, you won’t get two ALO classic cotton cable connectors to work side-by-side, but nearly every other option, from A to Z, works brilliantly.
Sound and performance after the jump: