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ATC HDA-DP20: A Tale of Two Personalities - The Audiophile Man
Promising to combine value for money with a performance punch, Paul Rigby reviews a new DAP from ATC, the HDA-DP20 Digital Audio Players (DAP) continue to arrive on the market thick and fast and across a wide selection of price points. While this example is not exactly a budget player, it does offer a price that is within the reach of many with a promised performance that should satisfy. Does it, though? The ATC DP20 (this ATC outfit is nothing to do with ATC speakers from Stroud, incidentally) is not alone among its competitors in looking less than stylish in its form. It’s a bit of a brick at 61 x 112 x 15.5mm and 168g in weight. In terms of aesthetics, not a great deal of work has been done to generate a sense of style. OK, no work at all. Personally, that’s not a problem but it might be for you. As far as I’m concerned, a digital music play is a practical tool and I could do without style over substance. It’s there to play music and to play it well. If is works and does its job, then great. Besides, most of the time the music player is …