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Centrance DACport $500.00


Centrance is the one programming the TAS1020B chip allowing 24 bits/96 kHz over USB using native mode drivers on Windows, Mac OS and Linux.
This code is used by Benchmark Media Systems, Belcanto, Lavry, Empirical, and PS Audio.





Digital specs
Sample Rate 96kHz (Also: 44.1 kHz, 48kHz and 88.2kHz) Resolution 24-bit (Also supports 16-bit) Connection USB1.1 or 2.0, driverless Communication AdaptiWave™ - our proprietary USB technology Local clock 10 ppm precision, 1 ps jitter Compatibility Any computer running Mac, PC, or Linux Analog Specs
Dynamic Range 120 dB Frequency Responce 20Hz...40kHz +/-0.2dB THD+N -97 dB (-0.5dBFS, 1kHz) Audio Output Stereo 1/4" headphone jack Heaphone Amp Direct Class A, no caps in the signal path Maximum Output Level +9dBV @300 Ohm load (8.5V peak-to-peak) Output Power 1.5W (total) Output Impedance 10 Ohm






 

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Centrance DACmini $795.


A DAC matching a Mac mini in size

Resolution


24-bit (Also supports 16-bit)

Sample Rate


USB: Up to 96kHz, S/PDIF: Up to 192 kHz

Interface


USB1.1 or 2.0, driverless

Communication


AdaptiWave™- proprietary USB technology

Local clock


10 ppm precision, unmesaurable jitter

Compatibility


Any computer running Mac, PC, or Linux



 

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Aesthetix Pandora DAC USD 5,000.-


# Card-based DAC with three digital input slots.
# AES/EBU, RCA Coax, Toslink standard on digital input 1 slot.
# USB standard on digital input 2 slot.
# USB capable of class 1 audio (96KHz, 24bit) and class 2 audio (192KHz, 24bit).
# 2nd USB input optional.
# Asynchronous transfer mode for USB input, licensed from Gordon Rankin / Wavelength Technologies.
# DSP based digital section using Motorola DSP56362 for digital filters.
# DAC section based on Burr-Brown PCM1792A.
# Analog section featuring four vacuum tubes in differential configuration.
# Zero global feedback.
# Balanced and single-ended outputs.
# Volume control optional, allows DAC to drive a power amplifier directly. Switched resistor design.
# Remote control of all functions.
# Multiple stainless steel faraday cages isolate critical digital, analog and power supply sections.
# Two transformers, one for digital circuits and one for analog circuits.
# All aluminum chassis construction.
# RS232 control.


 

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Digital & Analog Calyx DAC 24/192 - 1500.00 USD


D/A Converter IC ESS Technology ES9018 Sabre Reference 32-bit DAC

THD+N 0.0005% @ 1KHz, 0dBFS
SNR 125 dB, A-weighted, 2.2 Vrms
Channel Separation 140 dB @ 1KHz, 130 dB @ 20KHz

Digital Input Resolution and Sample Rate
USB : 24 bits / 44.1K, 48K, 88.2K, 96K, 176.4K, 192KHz
COAX : 32 bits / 44.1K, 48K, 88.2K, 96K, 176.4K, 192KHz

Line Output
Unbalanced stereo, RCA jacks with gold-plated contacts
Balanced stereo, XLR jacks with gold-plated contacts

Output Level 2.2 Vrms (unbalanced), 6.8 Vrms(balanced)
Output Offset 2 mV max



Comes with a ASIO driver for Win

It claims to do 24/192 on OSX without a driver so probably USB class 2 audio.

XMOS USB audio class 2 converter
Reviews

http://www.digitalaudioblog.com/2011/02/review-calyx-dac-24192.html

http://www.digital-highend.de/start/wp-content/bildupload/EN111_S.64-67.pdf


 

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Grace Design m903 € 1.745


# Balanced and unbalanced analog inputs
# 24bit/192kHz digital stereo inputs- AES3, S/PDIF, TOSLINK and USB
# High speed USB interface - completely asynchronous transfer mode allows for bit-perfect playback with zero interface induced jitter
# Driverless operation on Windows & Mac up to 96kHz/24bit
# Supports USB Class 2 audio specification for 192kHz/24bit operation on Windows & Mac (drivers needed for 192kHz operation under Windows)
# New generation DAC's and ultra low noise balanced current to voltage converter yields more musical performance compared to the m902
# Mono mode for checking mix phase issues (or listening to Pet Sounds)
# s-Lock™ phase lock loop sample clock regeneration for ultra-low jitter and rock solid digital stability
# High-current transimpedance headphone amplifier circuitry built to effortlessly drive low impedance headphones
# Balanced and unbalanced variable level analog line outputs
# Improved power supply architecture isolates headphone power amplifiers, line amplifiers, DAC's and digital logic
# Precision level control with a 99.5dB range in 0.5 dB steps





 

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Onkyo DAC-1000 £599.00


Frequency

2Hz-48kHz ±0.5dB

2Hz-48kHz ±0.5dB
Total harmonic distortion 0.003%
DAC PCM1795 - 32bit/192kHz
SN ratio 116dB(USB→LINE OUT IHF-A) 116dB
input

24 bit /96kHz Optical

24 bit / 192kHz AES/EBU - SPDIF

24 bit / 192kHz asynchronous USB

Unclear if USB is class 2 compliant
Digital output 24 bit /96kHz optical)
2ch PCM formats
Analog out XLR + RCA

At the moment (January 2011) only available in Japan.





 

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dCS Debussy € 9.900,00


Inputs

* Asynchronous USB interface on a B-type connector, will accept up to 24 bit PCM at 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2 or 96kS/s.
* Upgrade to USB audio class 2 possible
* 2x AES/EBU on 3-pin female XLR connectors. Each will accept up to 24 bit PCM at 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2 & 96kS/s.
OR as a Dual AES pair at 88.2, 96, 176.4 & 192kS/s.
* 2x SPDIF on 1x RCA Phono and 1x BNC connectors. Each will accept PCM at 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2 or 96kS/s up to 24 bits.

Outputs

* Balanced Outputs - 1 stereo pair on 2x 3-pin male XLR connectors
* Unbalanced Outputs - 1 stereo pair on 2x RCA Phono connectors.

The dCS Ring DAC is a discrete balanced design which does not use any off-the-shelf DAC chips commonly found in other manufacturer's products.

Two filters are provided offering listeners the choice between linear phase with pre-ringing or non-linear phase without pre-ringing.

The digital volume control allows direct connection to a power amplifier, so often there is then no need for a preamplifier. Maximum output can be either two or six volts to suit different amp/speaker combinations.


 

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Micromega AirStream WM-10 PRICE: $1,595


Wireless DAC

The AirStream is an interesting product.

It's a wireless DAC, nothing more, but in its standard setup the way it goes about it is rather quirky.

Instead of piggybacking on your home network, the AirStream creates its own wireless network you log on to. Reading the short instruction booklet is vital. Once your computer (and optional iPhone/touch) is on the AirStream's network, functionality is flawless. No hard connection is required (or even possible, as the RJ-45 connector on the back isn't active). The niche for the AirStream is certainly for those who can't get their computer physically near the audio system and don't have a wired LAN.






To minimize jitter the AirStream uses an elaborate power supply to clean up the incoming AC in conjunction with a specially designed, internal 25 mHz clock. So while it is based on Apple's Airport Express, it is not "just" an Airport Express.


Control can be from iTunes directly, or better yet, the Remote App from Apple. If you have an iPhone or touch you can download this free app and it will let you control your iTunes remotely. Better yet, it displays the cover art, lets you search and so on. Everyone with an iPhone/touch should get this app.

Read more: http://www.hemagazine.com/Micromega_AirStream_WM-10_Review#ixzz1KXZS9IYh






 

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The ACCUSTIC ARTS® TUBE-DAC II


Audiophile reference D/A-converter with a so called "tube hybrid" concept

Special and unique 2 x 32 Bit technology with simultaneous digital signal processing, separately for left and right channel

Extremely elaborate digital signal processing supported by an unique 32 bit Microcomputer

The 32 bit Microcomputer contains e.g.:
- High precision crystal oscillator
- 32 bit digital filter (including "de-emphasis" technology)
- 26 parallel working multiplier processors

Advantages of this "tube hybrid" technology:
- very high impedance
- very high bandwidth
- very low distortion factors and a "good-natured" distortion spectrum
- "analog" and very precise sound performance

Easy exchange of tubes without any adjustments ("plug and play")

Professional Class A output stage using technology derived from studio engineering

All used components are of outstanding quality (e.g. 10 pcs Burr Brown® OPA 627) and additionally selected

2 premium quality rotary switches with gold-plated contacts

2 magnetically shielded, encapsulated toroidal core transformers ("Made in Germany") of premium quality for high output reserves

Very high power supply capacity (approx. 84,000 µF totally)


http://www.accusticarts.de/pages/en_tube-dac_ii.html


 

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Aqvox USB 2 D/A MKII


German made Aqvox USB 2 D/A MkII is fully balanced USB 192kHz/24bit capable DAC with quite a unique set of features including USB input/output, defeatable asynchronous upsampling to 192kHz, integrated audiophile headphone amplifier. The USB input/output is compatible with Windows98SE, Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Linux, Mac OS with included ASIO driver.


* 4 x digital inputs: AES/EBU, Coaxial, Toslink and USB (USB1.1 48kHz/16bit without drivers, with optional USB2.0 upgrade - 192kHz/24bit with custom ASIO driver)
* 2 x analog outputs: balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA
* USB digital output (same port as input, up to 48kHz/16bit)
* Selectable oversampling filters (32, 64, 128fs)
* Dither on or off
* Microphone input with integrated ADC to measure room acoustic (with accompanying software)
* Audio file-formats: ALC, AiFF, FLAC, FLA, WAV, PCM, WavPack, SPDIF, via USB-ASIO, Monkeys Audio, AIF, Audio-CD, CDA, Apple Lossless, MPC, MP+, MPP, MP1, MP2, MP3, MP4 , LossyWAV, WMA, WMV, AU, OGG, AAC, MOV, AVI, AU, IFF, SVX, SND, AAC, APE, MAC, VOC, mp3PRO
* No Op-Amps in signal path, Fully discrete, single-ended class A amplification, one amplifier per balanced analog output stage, true balanced circuitry for entire analog signal path
* Headphone amplifier with fully discrete Class-A circuitry has no IC in signal path. The headphone amp is coupled directly to the DAC chip, shortest signal path possible
* No global overall feedback
* LowNoise power supply
* Dual Mono DAC chip (2 x Burr Brown PCM1796)
* USB-Codec: Texas-Instruments PCM2906 Transceiver
* SPDIF digital input transceiver and sample rate converter for upsampling and jitter elimination AKM AK4114 192khz 24bit
* All functions are controlled with a programmed ATMEL Microcomputer chip set
* Only passive elements are used in the filter-stages
* Available in Black or Silver finish
* US$1,799







 


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Bricasti Designs M1 DAC



US-based pro-audio company Bricasti Designs, known for its excellent M7 digital reverb processor which many recording engineers reckon that it is the best in the world, is launching home use DAC called the M1.


M1 is a dual mono unit with extremely low distortions and jitters. It is said to have user selectable custom digital filters with superior sound quality.


Launching in Q2 2011 for approximately US$10,000.






 

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APL Hifi DAC-S



Bulgarian base APL Hi-Fi a.k.a Alex Peychev worked extensively with Sony Broadcast and has 25 year experience in the digital field. His latest DAC is set out to be a state of the art, cost no object product.










Features:

* Professional grade digital input receiver
* Asynchronous Hiface USB interface by M2Tech built-in. 192kHz/24bit capability
* Asynchronous upsampling working steady at 195kHz/32bit
* Very low jitter Master Clock oscillator
* Second generation, top-line 32bit DACs by AKM of Japan; 8 per channel for much reduced noise floor, working in Mono mode for up to 10dB better channel separation
* No negative feedback, linear phase, transformer-coupled Analog output stage featuring Lundahl Amorphous Core audio transformers and high-current output buffers
* No capacitors on the signal path
* No Op Amps
* Galvanic isolation between Digital and Analog stages, eliminating digital noise ground interference in the Analog output stage
* Attenuator control with 0.5dB step. No preamp required
* LCD display with blue back light, dimming steps and OFF mode
* Digital and bar-graph attenuator level displays for easier user interface
* Low latency and Normal digital filter selection
* Digital input sampling frequency meter, shown next to the selected input
* Infrared remote control
* Selectable output level for better matching with power amplifier/s input sensitivity for direct-to-amp connection
* Headphones direct-drive capability. See text below under outputs
* Unique, custom-made, oversized power transformer for Analog and Digital audio sections
* Second stand-by toroidal power transformer for microprocessor and LCD display only
 

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Audio GD Reference 7.1


Audio GD's Kingwa stated that the new 2011 model Reference 7.1 is the best DAC he has ever made. Sporting 8 of the best multi-bit DAC chip available today, the 24-bit Burr-brown PCM1704UK, in a fully balanced discrete configuration. DAC Reference-7.1 had improved on the output analog stages based on the Reference 7 with fully discrete amp without any Op amps or coupling caps and with fully non- feedback Class A power supplies .





The proprietary DSP-1(version 5) is a Two-channel Digital Interpolation Filter and data in-phase processor for digital audio. This Device offers advanced features for high-performance digital signal processing applications up to 250-MHz. Data and master-clock in-phase processing are without jitters. DSP-1 supports NOS, 2X, 4X and 8X oversampling customers setting.

















Ref7.1 uses audiophile grade components, including DALE resistors, WIMA & SOLEN caps , custom order NOVER caps, all audiophile grade input & output sockets and gold IEC socket.

* ACSS/XRL/RCA output balanced DAC
* AES/BNC/RCA/Optical input
* Supports up to 24Bit/96KHz
* Supports NOS , 2X , 4X and 8X oversampling customers setting
* Non USB version: $1,900
* USB version: $1,940
* Single input: $1,750
 

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Orb Audio Jade II


Orb Audio of Japan's new Jade II is a full-feature DAC with the usual arrays of digital inputs. There is a line level input to feed a legacy device into the headphone amplifier, an amplifier capable of driving 600ohm headphones with ease.
The USB port on the front panel can be used to playback music files from a USB stick, with capacities reaching the sky these days, the ORB can be your only music source as well.







Specifications

* AKM AK4396 24/192 chip
* 24/192kHz for SPDIF coaxial and toslink inputs
* 24/96kHz USB input
* Additional USB host port on the front panel
* Load Impedance of Headphone Amplifier 16 ~ 600Ω
* Input Sensitivity / 2V/47kΩ impedance
* 16Ω load rated output 1100mW + 1100mW
* Frequency Response 20Hz ~ 20kHz +0 dB,-0.5dB
* USB 0.018% total harmonic distortion below
* 0.018% or less optical
* Coaxial below 0.018%
* RCA 0.004%
* S/N over 127dB
* More than 120dB Dynamic Range
* 0.1Ω Output Impedance
* Headphone output (standard stereo jack φ6.3)
* Dimensions 238W × 317D × 96H mm
* Weight approx 4kg
* $1799

Cryo-Parts is the US distributor for the Jade II.



 

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Lite Audio DAC-83 / LT-1



Lite Audio from China is now back with its flagship product the DAC-83. Looks well-built.








The DAC-83 is housed in a monolithic black aluminium box. Four Burr-Brown PCM1704K running a fully balanced circuit. FET pure class A no-negative-feedback output. Accept up to 24-bit 96khz then de-jittered and up-sampled to 24/192. One each of AES/EBU, RCA and Toslink SPDIF. Balanced XLR and RCA outputs. Claimed dynamic range of over 133dB. Power supply is housed in a separated isolated unit.
 

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All this for only US$1098
 

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AMR DP-777 DAC



Abingdon Music Research's new DAC, the DP-777 (Available May 2011 £3,295) is quite unique and clearly impressive. In fact, we have not seen a more impressive set of specs elsewhere. AMR gear is all the rage now in the UK - check out Audio World Show which features AMR digital front end in significant number of rooms.

The DP-777 sports two separate DACs inside, so you can choose to listen to 32-bit high-resolution or classic Philips 16-bit DAC one (selectable via remote control). AMR claims the world's most advanced patent-pending Global Master Timing clock lock technology which intelligently chooses over 28 million different real-time clocks to exactly match the dynamic input clock , the DP-777 decouples the DAC system clock completely from SPDIF/USB inputs to eliminate jitter. The USB input is 192kHz capable and asynchronous







Several user selectable digital filters (via a DSP chip) including Apodising, Minimum Phase, Linear Phase, Soft-Knee and Brickwall Filters under: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz; 192KHz.

The input stage has 2 x 'HD' Valve Driven Technology (world's first) XLR/BNC SPDIF inputs (24/192kHz) plus 2 x 'HD' RCA/Optical SPDIF inputs (24/192kHz). The output stage is ofcourse tube and its defeatable resister step volume control is in analog domain. There are also two analog input so it can function as a preamp!



Gemini Digital Engine (GDE) Unlike any other converter, at the core of the Gemini Digital Engine, there is not one, but 2 distinct chipsets that define their generation; one latest generation High-Definition 32-Bit DAC to produce the best sound from HD recordings and one Classic Multibit 16-Bit DAC to produce the best sound from CD. These two ‘non-identical twins’ deliver the best of both worlds in a way that is simply unmatched. Further, the Gemini Digital Engine pushes these chipsets beyond what is thought possible. Using Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) and Digital Signal Processing (DSP) to handle the core digital duties, including the memory buffer and managing all the signal processing, we have in effect, created own DAC chipsets that perform and function at the leading-edge.

Zero Jitter Mode The Zero Jitter Mode utilises our completely innovative Global Master Timing (GMT) and Intelligent Memory System (IMS) to totally eliminate jitter originating from the source. AMR’s Global Master Timing clock system intelligently actualises over 28 million different real-time clock frequencies to exactly match the dynamic input clock e.g. 192,000.001Hz or 192,000.002Hz of the source. Coupled to the Intelligent Memory System (IMS), the GMT/IMS system block out source jitter once and for all.

192kHz Asynchronous USB Input The DP-777’s true 192kHz Asynchronous USB Audio Class 2.0 Input effects a genuine asynchronous decoupling of the DAC system clock from the computer.

HD Valve Digital Input (HD-VDI) This is AMR’s unusual brainchild of using an New Old Stock (NOS) valve designed to operate into several 100Mhz to amplify and purify the high-definition SPDIF signal with zero feedback. Clearly visible on an oscilloscope, with HD-VDI, the signal changes from a blurred to clean and sharp square wave. As result, any deficiency in the incoming SPDIF is hereby totally removed.
 

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TotalDac discrete ladder DAC



Once in a while something like Frenchman Vincent Brient's TotalDac comes along and leave us both intrigued and skeptical. We are quite eager to hear it and see how it performs differently from mainstream DACs. Its technical thesis sounds quite convincing: Vincent builds his own digital to analog converter module using discrete resistor ladders, not relying on off-the-shelf IC chips. The only other commercial discrete DACs we know of are EMM's and MSB technology's.







From TotalDac website:

"I listened to industrial DAC chips (from Analog Device, TI, Philips, Cirrus Logic, Wolson, AKM...). Some of them were NOS chips known for their nice sound such as TDA1541, TDA1545 (used in CD723), TDA1543, PCM56, AD1852 (used in Teac VRDS 25x), CS4328 (used in Helios Stargate), PCM1702 used in many high end CD players in the past, PCM1704... Some were really nice but never very accurate. I listened to them with and without oversampling whenever possible. I used a Pacific Microsonic PDM100 HDCD digital filter, one of the best digital filter. I also listened to many new DAC chips from TI and Analog Device in particular. It required micro controller programming most times. The sound was often a bit metallic. Lastly I could listen to a discrete R2R DAC made of simple 1% resistors. Musicality was there but some accuracy was missing. This was the start point of my ultimate DAC. I spent 2 years and 5 revisions of PCB to improve it and finally use 0.01% Vishay foil resistors and other improvements in the FPGA.







Each channel uses 100 pieces of 0.01% Vishay foil resistors, probably the world most expensive low power resistor. You can check their price on digikey.com. The 3 way TOTALDAC board uses 300 of these resistors.



Prices

Hifi DAC:
Stereo DAC board, code TOTALDAC-A1: 2900�
Stereo DAC board, code TOTALDAC-A1 + Power supply system, code POWER-A1: 3100�
Ready to use DAC, code TOTALDAC-REFERENCE-A1: 3850�

DAC with integrated digital crossover:
Two way crossover board, code TOTALDAC-A2 + power supply and 2 way buffer system, code POWER-A2: 4440�
Three way crossover board, code TOTALDAC-A3 + power supply and 3 way buffer system, code POWER-A3: 5780�
Shallco 45 positions, 2 tracks rotary switch with adaptation for stepper motor, includes motor mounting but do not include resistors: 220�



http://www.totaldac.com/principles.htm
 


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