Cary Audio Design DAC-100 Solid State DAC
I have a like new Cary Audio DAC-100 for sale. This DAC was hardly ever used by me and is in excellent condition. I put it in the rack and connected it up the day I received it and except to push the selector buttons never touched it again until today when I puled it out to take pictures. I purchased it new from an authorized dealer and have been the only owner. This is the solid state version. Sounds great. This from the Cary website: ABOUT THE DAC-100 SOLID-STATE USB DIGITAL TO ANALOG CONVERTERThe Cary Audio DAC-100 is made in the USA and designed to provide high-quality music reproduction from today’s digital sources. All digital audio information needs to be turned back into analog to be handled by the amplifier and speakers/headphones so we can listen to it. Whether from a computer, handheld music players, cable or satellite boxes, disc players, or streaming from cloud-based storage, digital data streams suffer from distortions caused by jitter (timing errors in processing the digital information) and the poor quality of built-in digital converters. An outboard digital to analog converter (DAC) is the solution to these problems.The heart of the DAC-100 are two high current custom built toroidal transformers, one each for the digital and analog sections of the unit. We, at Cary Audio, understand the importance of a good power supply and have spared no expense in designing transformers that perform above their normal requirements. The separate analog transformer has a Faraday shield to reduce noise, and the audio circuits are designed to drive a wide variety of impedances to better match other associated equipment.The audio output section, responsible for providing the actual musical signals, is based on proven Cary Audio designs for the best sound quality. The DAC-100 audio output uses high speed monolith buffers operated with non-global feedback to ensure optimum sound quality. The audio section is fed with its own discreet low noise power supply. The digital bitstream is handled by a new front end designed in conjunction with one of the industry’s acknowledged digital leaders. A Wolfson WM8805 chipset is used as the input receiver for the four (4) (2-coaxial and 2-Toslink) SPDIF digital audio inputs, as chosen by many of the finest DACs in the world. The USB input uses XMOS processing for asynchronous processing of USB computer based music, stripping away the computer’s timing and replacing it with a much more accurate master clock for a more stable bitstream. It is able to handle multiple 24 bit/192kHz channels with extremely low latency, all at 500 MIPS.Once the digital bitstream is managed it is sent to the digital to analog conversion section, comprised of two (2) ESS Sabre ES9023 24/192 DAC chipsets. These circuits accurately recreate the analog musical signals and send them to the buffered solid state analog output stages, and then out to the gold-plated RCA or XLR balanced outputs. All of these processes are designed to have no compromises in sound quality, and provide the very best musical reproduction in its price class. The following section describes the DAC-100 basic specifications. The specifications are subject to change without notice or obligation.USB ProcessorXMOS Asynchronous processingSP/DIF Input ReceiverWolfson model #WM8805Digital to Analog Converters2 X ESS Sabre ES9023Digital Inputs5 selectable inputs – (2) coaxial (gold plated), (2) Toslink, (1) USBAnalog OutputRCA analog output (gold plated)XLR BalancedInput Sample Rates Accepted*44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHzBit Depths Accepted16 – 24 bit, LPCM 2-ch audio streamPower TransformerToroidal transformer (Digital Supply)Toroidal transformer (Analog Supply) Dynamic Range112dBSignal to Noise Ratio109dBNoise and Hum-101 dB below rated outputAudio Output Level2.0V RMSFrequency Response20Hz – 22KHzAC Power Requirements120 VAC @ 50/60 Hz240 VAC @ 50/60 HzFinishBlack powder coated matte cabinet with silver anodized aluminum faceplate standard (black optional)Weight21 lbsDimensions3 1/2″ H x 17 1/4″ W x 15 1/2″ D*To achieve higher then 96kHz over Toslink requires that the Toslink transmitter of the digital source and Toslink cable both be compatible and capable of outputting greater than 96kHz. Many times, this is not the case. Please check with your digital source and Toslink cable documentation.
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Van Alstine FET Valve DAC
This is a very nice Audio by Van Alstine FET Valve DAC. It is in perfect working order. In its current iteration it sells for $1699 with the black faceplate ($1899 silver faceplate). There are two Russian Sovtek 12AX7 WXT+ tubes in this DAC. This unit has one digital SPDIF (RCA) input and a set of RCA outputs. It’s built in a standard 14 inch wide AVA chassis. The description on the label reads: “FET VALVE DAC with upgraded Ultra Logic Board, Parallel Processing Hybrid Tube D to A Converter. Uses two 12AX7 / ECC83 tubes, Serial Number 021408”. I have the original label, however it has peeled off the back of the unit. I am the second owner of this DAC. I purchased it in February 2014, and it dates from 2008-2009. I have enjoyed it for the past year to enhance my CD player. I would rate it about 7 or 8 out of 10 since it’s actually very clean, but I’m not the original owner. The FET Valve DAC series are amazingly musical. This unit will allow you to hear CD's in a whole new light.
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AYON AUDIO SIGMA TUBE DAC CLASS A BEST OF SHOW! 7 YEARS!
The Absolute Sound - Award - "The Bugatti of Audio" Best of Show winner 7 years in a row! Reviewers say: "Better Than Vinyl" 6 MONTHS SAME AS CASH FINANCING AVAILABLE ! 1-2-3 YEARS SAME AS CASH FINANCING AVAILABLE! - 0% APR - NO FINANCE CHARGES. PRICE PROTECTION GUARANTEE - COME VISIT OUR WORLD CLASS SHOWROOM IN SCOTTSDALE ARIZONA Our 90 Day Price Protection Guarantee assures our clients of our continued commitment to full satisfaction and delight. Should you find any Hi Fi product we offer from an Authorized Dealer in the USA for a lower price than the price you paid to us, we will gladly refund to you the difference plus 10% of that difference. Open 7 days, 10am to 8pm Ocean West USA Tube Audio - Since 1976 Please call 1-800-676-1085 Sales X2 USA + Canada 1-323-657-5993 International 52-55-8525-6102 Mexico www.usatubeaudio.comAyon Sigma Ayon Audio is pleased to introduce the superb audiophile “Sigma” digital/analog converter. The Sigma is also prepared for computer playback and general DSD professional audio use. The single-ended output stage and a differential gain stage are composed of a high performance 6H30 tube per channel. The Sigma DAC features a vastly overrated, high capacity power supply for the analog output stage with tube rectification and an oversized power transformer. The sound is powerful with fantastic bass performance, super dynamic, airy, detailed and holographic. The Sigma offers an outstanding price/performance and value. Features & Design Full-featured Tube D/A converter Class-A triode vacuum-tube output stage for single-ended and balanced operationSignal Path We believe that the simplest circuits work best together with the shortest signal path. That is why our pre-amplifiers to date have used single-ended pure class-A circuitry. The shorter the signal path is, the less possibility of sonic degradation from various sources, including the wire itself. Even on the circuit boards, the copper traces are kept to a very minimum length. The completely redesigned circuit board provides a more straightforward and direct approach to the signal paths. Logical sequenced soft-start power up for extended tube life Warm up function 0dB negative feedback (of any kind) Ultra short signal path Simplest direct circuit path for purest musical sound and high reliability Low output impedance for driving long runs interconnect to an amplifier, and any tube or solid state power amp No solid state devices in the analog tube output (signal path) Minimal discrete wiring for optimum signal propagation No followers or buffers in the signal path High quality parts throughout Fully hand assembled to insure the highest level of craftsmanship Separate analog output stage for left and right channel Internal hardware PCM upsampler for CD sources to 24/192K (can be disabled) Volume control Native 192kHz PCM and DSDx128 conversion Ultra-low jitter internal clock generator USB input (24/192 asynchronous and DSD) Power SupplyThe power supplies have been further refined with new components and enhanced AC line noise filtration. Separate power transformer windings and filters provide total isolation between the input and output stage which makes this a pure power source and it is a critical attribute for a 6H30 output stage. We also use electrolytic capacitors with much larger storage capacity to make up for the loss in filtering when using resistors in lieu of inductors. R-Core / Low noise – insulated power transformer for digital & analog Tube rectification Innovative power supply provides a high speed energy delivery on transients Separate and isolated power supplies over each stage of amplification Regulated DC filament supplies with soft start for tube AC power line filter to avoid noise and hash from entering into the unit. 6 separate voltage regulators ComponentsThe type of parts used therefore must have a synergistic relationship to the circuit they are placed in. It is this relationship of which type of part to use where, that ranks our products apart from the mass. Selected, premium quality passive components used in all applications High speed & high quality audiophile grade coupling capacitors High quality tube sockets with gold pins Superior capacitors (MKP 2%) High quality – RCA & XLR jack Gold-plated industrial grade PCB Mechanical ConstructionThe high grade aluminum chassis impart a richer, more lustrous tonality with a cleaner back-ground and less hash and grain. All brushed anodized anti-vibration-resonance and non-magnetic chassis’s are fully hand assembled to insure the highest level of craftsmanship. Front panel descriptions are engraved AC phase polarity control indicator The aluminium feet are resonance absorbing types Chassis finish: black / chrome Specifications Digital/Analog ConverterAyon SigmaConversion 32 bit, PCM up to 192k, 64xDSD, 128xDSDDAC configuration8 mono DACs to 2- stereo outsTube complement – Analog output 6H30Dynamic range> 128dB Output level @1 kHz / Rms0-10V Output impedance Single-Ended-RCA~ 300 OhmsOutput impedance Balanced-XLR~ 300 OhmsDigital input 1 x S/PDIF, 1 x AES/EBU, 1 x Toslink, 1 x BNC, 1 x USB, 1 x I2S, 1 x DoP, 3 x BNC for DSDAnalog output RCA & XLRS/N ratio > 120 dBFrequency response 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2dBTotal harmonic distortion @ 1kHz< 0.002%Remote controlYes Dimension (WxDxH) cm 48x36x11 cm 6 MONTHS SAME AS CASH FINANCING AVAILABLE ! 1-2-3 YEARS SAME AS CASH FINANCING AVAILABLE! - 0% APR - NO FINANCE CHARGES. PRICE PROTECTION GUARANTEE - COME VISIT OUR WORLD CLASS SHOWROOM IN SCOTTSDALE ARIZONA Our 90 Day Price Protection Guarantee assures our clients of our continued commitment to full satisfaction and delight. Should you find any Hi Fi product we offer from an Authorized Dealer in the USA for a lower price than the price you paid to us, we will gladly refund to you the difference plus 10% of that difference. Open 7 days, 10am to 8pm Ocean West USA Tube Audio - Since 1976 Please call 1-800-676-1085 Sales X2 USA + Canada 1-323-657-5993 International 52-55-8525-6102 Mexico www.usatubeaudio.com
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PS Audio Perfect Wave DAC MkII With Bridge
Original owner purchased from authorized dealer. Reason for selling: too many digital sources and love of vinyl. On Native X this sounds as good as DSD. Bridge makes it easy peasy to stream high rez. Asynchronous USB 192kHz input Native and Native X mode Digital Lens Integrated volume + balance control High voltage class A discrete output stage 7 asynchronous digital inputs Network media DAC capable Color touch screen with album cover art Fixed low jitter PerfectWave clocks Buyer to pay shipping and paypal fees. Original box etc included. Mkii upgrade including new remote. Bridge works like a champ in Mkii mode (Ethernet USB) with apps like mcconnect.
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Audio Horizons 3.1 DAC with every upgrade available "A ...
I have one Audio Horizons 3.1 DAC with a 32/192 chip in it. I am the original owner and it has been upgraded from its original 3.0 version to the 3.1. My asking price is a real steal for what I have invested in it. It has worked flawlessly me for me for all the time I have owned it.This DAC is a real sleeper giving performance which far exceeds my asking price. Audio Horizons is a small one man operation located in Sacramento, California. Joseph Chow does all the design and building of these units. While his company is not well known compared to some of the big boys such as Audio Research, VAC or Aesthetix his gear can hold its own with any of them. A friend had a highly regarded Aesthetix Calypso preamp but after comparing it with my AH 2.3 he felt there was no comparison....The AH was far superior. The DAC is similar in sonic quality to the preamp but once again just doesn't garner the interest due to a lack of knowledge of Joseph Chow's products and how they are designed and built.Upgrades include 4 copper foil Vcaps, tubed power supply, upgraded wiring, AH platinum fuse (which is the best I have heard), furutech gold plated IEC, 32/192 chip.This unit is extremely versatile in that it will allow either AES/EBU or 75ohm digital cable as well as outputs that are balanced or single ended. Tubed power supply uses an EZ 80 or 81 and the 2 output tubes are from the 6922 family thus a wide variety of tubes would be available to the end user resulting in a wide variety of sonic choices being possible. Currently there are a pair of Russian black plate 6922 equivalents from the mid 70's in the unit. These have many similar sonic characteristics to the Siemens CCa. IMO, there is nothing out there that can match the sonics of this unit in this price range. Once you have heard a tubed DAC it would be very hard to go back to SS. This unit has a detailed sound without any etch or harshness. The soundstage is expansive and dimensional. The sound can be easily tailored to any individual listening preferences simply by changing the two output tubes.Check out the Audio Horizons website for further details. audio-horizons.com****************************************************************************************************************************Below is an excerpt from Computer Audiophile from a gentleman who did a comparison of about six DAC's before he purchased the Audio Horizon's 3.1."At the same time I was auditioning the AA, the Audio Horizons had arrived. I had only heard about this company through record breaking positive reviews of their 2.3 tube preamp by Audiogon users and a review by 10Audio. The way the dac was described in the Audio Horizons website intrigued me a lot, and perhaps, for nostalgic reasons, I was very attracted to a truly handcrafted machine. The Audio Horizons offer was also a DAC only solution, I wanted a dac and a preamp in one box and since AH had such an amazing reputation with preamps and most of the analogue section of the dac was shared with their famous 2.3 preamp, I asked them if it could be possible to build a custom DAC/Preamp with a high quality stepped passive volume control, and they said yes, but before this happened, they urged me to listen to the DAC as is, reason for this was their 30 day audition program only applied to non custom equipment, so i did...The selection of components that I chose for the 30 day audition already placed the dac in a custom category, at least compared to the other options I auditioned. The TD3.1 DAC is based on the newest AKM 32bit chip and push pull tube (E88CC) analogue output circuitry, but it has many different denominations according to the level of components chosen, and the price varied from $2995 to close to $5000, the one I chose to evaluate was their top of the line 3.1SV with NOS Tubes, which included: All silver/teflon internal wiring CuTF V-Caps (Capacitors) Vishay premium resistors Black Gate capacitors A bank of 4 Hammond Coils at the output Chassis damping package + solid rosewood sides Harmonic Alignment package Furutech fuses Siemens CCa NOS tubes (I later added Herbies Ultrasonic Rx dampers) After the unboxing I was a bit surprised, I had gotten used to British and German made products where precision craft is SOTA and clean aesthetics rule, the Audio Horizons in comparison looked artisanal, you could sense the handcraft that visually connected with the human labor that built it, the chassis was strong and well made, but it didnt compare with the material quality of the AA or even the AMR, however there was something appealing about the AH visual construction, the wood side panels made it look like a vintage piece which contrasted the hi-tech look of the AMR and to some extent the AA. After listening to the AA I didnt have high expectations. I connected the AH, waited 30min for warming up the tubes, then played Arve Henriksen’s Chiaroscuro, I felt goosebump after goosebump, something magical began to substitute the air around me, an event that can only be described as pure musicality. To be fair, I have always had a passionate relationship with the Album, I still can remember the goosebumps I had when I first auditioned the Kharma’s, but having this feeling again became the sign, I needed to audition this DAC with respect!Record after record, the AH could not be reproached, I thought that you could only achieve this level of liquidity with the most esoteric 16bit Non-Oversampling-Dac’s, namely Kondo KSL or Audio Note DAC5, to be able to listen to 24/192 recordings in this way was a revelation, very close to my analogue kit and many times equal or better. The sense of space was there – a quality I always felt lacking with digital –, the backgrounds were not pitch black, they had spatial texture, depth, atmosphere! The bass was musically solid, strings sounded like strings, piano sounded like piano, I was feeling the air of the trumpet, voices were in my room. I was sold!Comparing it with the AA was not that difficult, each DAC had its own personality, the AA was very dynamic and clear without sacrificing musicality, the AH was musical and liquid without sacrificing dynamics and clarity, where the AH leaped ahead was in the way it rendered the sounds of silence, the textured background I just referred to, this is something that the AA could not equal, its backgrounds were blacker but in a vacuum, to empty be able to parallel vinyl or better, a live chamber concert."*******************************************************************************************************************************PLEASE CHECK OUT MY FEEDBACK AND PURCHASE WITH CONFIDENCE!!CONUSA sales onlyPlease note that several of the screw holes are a bit stripped so the screws go in but don't come out without a bit of upward pressure on the top plate. It's nothing major but wanted to mention it in the interest of full disclosure.
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Lampizator Lite 7 DSD Promotional Pricing NEW CHASSIS
This ad is for a brand new Lite 7. After much deliberation we decided the Summer is the wrong time for a price increase, so for those of you lusting a LampizatOr, now is the time. There is nothing "lite" about this DAC, it is our new benchmark for price/performance ratio. This Dac also features the ability to roll 101D, 2a3s, 45, 300bs, 6a3s, 201s, 301s, 275a. NEW TUBE OPTION AVAILABLE: JJ 2A3-40 These DACs are equipped with the same PCM and DSD engines as the beloved Big 7 and deliver the lions share of it's performance as well. Inputs include USB, SPDIF and one other of your choosing. Experience the addictive liquidity of our Direct Heated Triode DAC topology. Customer can chose black or silver face plate as well as ring color. If you are on the fence for one of these fantastic dacs, now is the time to strike as our intro pricing of $5250 ends when this listing does. New unit will ship via DHL Expedited service at a cost of $200
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Emm Labs DAC2X AS NEW
Emm Labs Dac2X - upgraded Superb DAC2X. 1st owner. Just bought it new at the end of January from an authorized dealer , but due to unforeseen circumstances I now have to let it go. It is absolutely mint. I used to own a dCS Debussy as well as a dCS Puccini, but I replaced them without any regrets with the DAC2X. The dac has also been upgraded with a Hifi-Tuning Supreme fuse. According to the dealer recent units like this one are even better performers than older units manufactured before the middle of 2014. I never had the chance to do that comparison myself and have no way to verify, but it sure do sound fantastic. Condition-wise I very conservatively rate it as a 9 This dac has a very musical, absolutely gorgeous sound, without any harshness. Tone is great. Soundstage is wide and deep. Overall it’s the most analog DAC that I’ve heard. A guy asked me once why I had bought this dac instead of a ‘’trendy’’ and cheaper dac as the Auralic Vega and the PS audio. However before choosing the DAC2X I had personally compared these dacs to the two dCS that I used to own, and they were not even close. And the Emm Labs is clearly superior to the dCS, so you get the picture! I have the original packaging. I ship from Canada. Buyer pays 3% Paypal and shipping fees. I’ll post pictures in coming days.
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Lampizator Golden Gate DEMO London
Sablon Audio are delighted to have been appointed as London dealer for Lampizator and have an example of the awesome new Lampizator Golden Gate DAC available for home demonstration. This model is an ultimate development of the legendary Big 7 unit, crammed with the finest components available and wrapped in a copper chassis. A great proposition, both visually and sonically, not least of all for Kondo owners. This particular unit has the inbuilt relay based volume control and quad speed /256 DSD and you can see some demo impressions in the digital section of Whats Best Forum, together with further coverage on AudioShark. Is available for demo with the new Corona Reserva power cord which improves performance by almost comical proportions. Am also getting together a waiting list for a demo Lite 7, so please get in touch to register your interest.
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Exogal Comet Superb DSD DAC w/great reviews
Underwood Hifi is glad to announce that we are the new US Exogal Distributors. Exogal (which means out of this Universe) is a Minnesota company that makes DAC's and amplifiers. Its DNA comes from original Wadia engineers. Jim Kinne who designed the original Wadia gear is legendary and did the Wadia gear that is still considered exceptional. Jim is now designing state of the art products at affordable prices. Dealer inquiries welcome The Exogal Comet is a high performance digital to analog audio converter (DAC) that is also a preamplifier with an analog input for your phono stage. Just connect your computer, or other digital or analog source, and experience exceptional audiophile quality sound. The Comet DAC does everything you would expect a high-end DAC to do, including balanced and unbalanced analog outputs, digital volume control and asynchronous USB input - all at a sensible price.Free freight in the USAComet reviews have been exceptional. THE ABSOLUTE SOUND REVIEW May / June 2015Review of the Comet by Vade Forester.He says: "As a DAC and front end for digital sources, the Comet is a spectacular success and, especially at its moderate price, I strongly recommend you audition it in your system." Read the whole review on The Absolute's Sound's website "I've never heard such a detailed, resolving DAC at this price. ... It sounds great not only for its price, but regardless of price." SoundstageAUDIOSTREAM REVIEW 3-5-2015Michael Lavorgna reviewed the Comet.He says: "I'm not going to sugarcoat this: The Exogal Comet DAC is one fine sounding piece of technology."Ultra High-End Audio and Home Theater ReviewFrank Berryman gives EXOGAL’s Comet DAC a glowing review and concludes that the “...Exogal Comet has few if any peers in its class..” All reviews have been with the stock power supply. We were shocked at how much better it is with the upgraded power supply now available for only $500.00 with purchase of the DAC or $600.00 as an add on if purchased later. The new Exogal software allows the digital volume control to lose no resolution at any volume level so it makes a great front end to drive an amp. The analog input allows connection of an analog source such as a phono stage so no preamp is required in a digital system with a turntable. The Comet is designed for real-life listening with sound that’s amazing, whatever the setting. It offers easy digital upgrades for hardware and software. It is controlled by the Exogal Remote App for Android or Apple iOS as well as the included remote control.The new matching ION power amp will be out in July and is designed to turn this DAC/Amp package into a full Power DAC that will compete with far more expensive packages from only $5750.00. Features: Asynchronous USB, AES/EBU, SPDIF, Toslink, and line level Analog input Direct connection analog outputs with 32-bit Digital Volume Control Analog Outputs: one pair balanced (XLR), one pair unbalanced (RCA), one stereo Headphone Single ended and balanced analog outputs can be used simultaneously. Single ended outputs can be programmed as stereo, or center/subwoofer operation. Single ended outputs have a programmable offset level from balanced outputs Controlled by the Exogal Remote App for Android phone or tablet (running 4.3 or higher with BLE support) or an iPad, iPhone 4s or newer, or iPod Touch. Three year factory warranty Dealer inquiries welcome Read our AudiogoN #1 rated feedback and buy with confidence. We accept PayPal, Visa, Discover, MasterCard & money orders. No PayPal or charge card fees.Read our AudiogoN #1 rated feedback and then call 770-667-5633 with questions or to order this exceptional DAC. GA, & HI residents add sales tax. Brands carried: Acoustic Zen, April Music, Ampzilla amps & preamps, Audio Space tube electronics, Audeze headphones, Bob Carver tube amps and speakers, Burson Audio, Cambridge, Creek, DSPeaker room correction, Emerald Physics speakers, amplifiers & DAC's, Epos, Exogal DAC's & amplifiers, Furutech ADL, Gallo speakers, Graham Slee, HifiMan headphones, Jolida, LSA speakers, Lehmann phono stages, Marantz Reference, Micromega, Music Hall, Ortofon cartridges, Peachtree Audio, Project turntables, PS Audio, Pathos, Quad, Scansonic speakers, Silverline Audio, Spread Spectrum Technologies Ampzilla & Ambrosia, Sumiko subwoofers & cartridges, Wireworld, Wyred 4 Sound, Wywires Sales policies on the Underwood Hifi Inc. website at www.underwoodhifi.com
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Naim NDS - World Class Network Streamer / DAC Includes ...
For sale is my like new Naim NDS Network Streamer / DAC with the Dual Burndy Pack for connection to your power supply. The unit was purchased new from my local Naim dealer and is in mint condition. The unit's serial is 359xxx and the unit comes complete as new: factory double boxing, remote, wifi antenna, owner's manual, Naim lavendar DIN cable, digital adapter, link plug, and remote. Latest firmware/software version 4.1 is already installed including Spotify!!! **Free DSD firmware/software update is coming from Naim as well!** Local Chicago Pickup and Audition is Welcome. PayPal adds 3% to the total fee. Our reference network player, the NDS, is an audiophile-quality music source, every bit the sonic equal of the very finest high-end CD players and turntables. Whether you’re browsing your digitally stored music collection, exploring tens of thousands of internet radio stations, discovering music via the built in Spotify Connect feature, or indulging in a high-resolution 24bit/192kHz download, the NDS delivers unrivalled performance.Features UPnP-enabled to allow streaming of audio files at up to 24bit/192kHz resolution from Naim hard disk servers, network-attached storage (NAS) devices or any home computer Supports a broad range of music formats: WAV, FLAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF, AAC, Windows Media-formatted files, Ogg Vorbis and MP3. Gapless playback on all lossless file formats and on most compressed music vTuner 5* full-service internet radio 40bit SHARC processor optimises digital pathways and helps eliminate jitter Spotify Connect built-in to stream millions of songs from the world’s most popular streaming service Reference-quality Burr Brown PCM1704 precision laser-trimmed sign-magnitude DACs Three 24bit/192kHz capable digital inputs (S/PDIF) to support optimum connection to external sources Fully isolated internal layout, with shielding cans housing streaming module, DSP power supply and DACs Heavy brass sub-chassis with steel-sprung floating suspension system for optimum isolation iOS and Android Naim app for intuitive control Technology & Craft The electronic brain of the NDS is a 40bit SHARC Digital Signal Processor (DSP), the most powerful to be fitted to any Naim component so far. It’s capable of performing a staggering billion calculations per second. By monitoring the flow of data through the NDS’ buffers and adjusting the clocks accordingly, it provides jitter-free accuracy and optimum performance whatever the relative quality of the music being played. Yet, for all its complexity, the NDS is easy to use: our bespoke control software ensures seamless compatibility with all your digital devices. You’ll find the NDS simple to live with and an absolute delight to listen to.While its concept is revolutionary, much of the NDS represents an evolution of classic Naim themes. Its internal architecture is separated into carefully screened digital and analogue pathways, each mounted on suspended brass plates to minimise resonance and vibration. Sound critical boards and components are further isolated by their own shields, reducing interference within the chassis to the absolute minimum. Finally, the NDS has no internal power supply, ensuring optimum performance by isolating its sensitive electronics from electromagnetic and mechanical interference.
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Hegel HD11 DAC - MINT
For sale is the fantastically smooth Hegel HD11 DAC. This digital to analog converter is in MINT condition. I have the box, manual and remote. This will decode up to 24bit 192Khz on the coaxial or optical and up to 24bit 96kHz on the USB input. There have been some reviews on this model, please read them. Paypal payment adds 3%, COD will incur whatever COD fee UPS charges. Shipping only UPS with signature required. Buyer pays actual shipping costs. Local pickup in Olympia, WA area is OK, too. Please email questions.
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Wyred 4 Sound DAC 2 DSDse with femto clock
Upgraded Dac 2 to dsdse with femto clock. Awesome dac2. Firmware recently upgraded. Excellent Dac. Dac is in good condition. Listed as an 8 simply because this dac was purchased in 2012. Otherwise, recently upgraded with new clock, replaced caps and new firmware.
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PS Audio DirectStream DAC black Trade-in (MAKE OFFER)
Buy with confidence at www.perrottaconsulting.com selling high-end audio for 13 years. Top brands, great advice, new and used equipment available, we take trade-ins. Auditions available by appointment, feel free to call anytime (877-289-2014) or (914-714-9213) with questions about any of our great products. Please call email or message for pricing. New, Used and Demos available!! Mint customer trade-in (MAKE OFFER) PS Audio DS DAC black - pikes peek Excellent condition, original packaging and all accessories. NEW DEMO AND TRADE-IN AVAILABLE INQUIRY FOR GREAT PRICE!Pure DSD done rightIntroducing DirectStream, one of the most remarkable DACS ever built. Hand written, discrete, perfection based conversion that uncovers all the missing information hiding in your digital audio media for all these years. CD’s, downloads, high-resolution PCM or DSD based media are expertly upsampled in the DirectStream to ten times DSD rate and output as pure analog directly into your amplifier or preamplifier. Classic PCM based DACS, including many of today’s DACS that can also process DSD, tend to cover up some of the subtle musical details buried deep within digital audio music; a problem inherent in their architecture. DirectStream solves this problem by employing a pure DSD single-bit approach for both PCM as well as DSD media. This means that your entire library of music can finally reveal all the music and subtle low level details buried deep within its core. Imagine going to a recording studio and listening to a master tape of any recording made. This is the experience DirectStream provides its owners who enjoy a renewed sense of enjoyment and discovery when listening to everything in their library: CD’s, downloads, DSD. Pure 100% single bit DSD based D to A ConverterMost of today’s sophisticated DACs are IC based instruments using off-the-shelf-chips that are Multi-bit Sigma Delta based designs. While these are relatively simple to design and produce, they don’t often give the best results sonically. Because they are one-chip systems compromises are made in their architecture that found in DirectStream’s custom based architecture. DirectStream takes both PCM and DSD, upsamples the data and converts to single-bit DSD and then outputs pure music regardless of input format for the data. The results of this design can be heard in increased musical information presented to the listener at every opportunity.Purely passive output stageMost modern DACs use some form of active tube or solid state output stage to amplify, filter and drive the DACs output. DirectStream takes a different approach: passive. In one of the simplest, elegant and musically correct executions of an output stage, high speed class A video amplifiers are used as the final switch for the single-bit, double DSD output of DirectStream; feeding a high performance passive audio output transformer. The transformer is specially designed to act as both the galvanic isolation between the DAC and the outside world as well as the primary low pass filter required to present a perfect, low distortion, low noise output signal. When you listen to DirectStream you never are accosted by added bright, hard glare in the music as happens with many active designs. Instead, clean, pure music flows from the DirectStream directly to your preamplifier or power amplifier.Resolution perfect volume and balance controlsDesigner Smith perfected a 100% bit-perfect volume and balance control that’s built into DirectStream, enabling users to control the output level when feeding directly into a power amplifier or preamplifier. That the volume control is completely bit-perfect means there is no loss of resolution for any volume setting, a feature unique amongst the majority of DACS in the world today. The ability to eliminate the preamplifier in the system without any resolution loss is a major benefit to DirectStream’s outstanding musical performance.Simple, direct signal path with only one master clockTypical high-end DAC designs use more than one master clock as you can see in the drawing we provided in the Overview page. There are often separate clocks for USB, Audio and others, causing major headaches for system designers trying to synchronize the clocks. DirectStream obviates the problem by basing the entire design on one master clock of extraordinary high quality. Used is a low phase noise, low jitter clock designed for DirectStream by Crystek. Using this advanced approach the need for synchronization is eliminated, jitter levels are reduced and music is delivered with a clarity rarely heard.Immunity to jitter from sourcesSources have always had a major impact on sound quality with DACS. Transports, computers, CD players, cables all make a significant impact on performance into a typical DAC. This problem has been significantly reduced with DirectStream. Now, for perhaps the first time, sources of just about any quality and jitter level sound nearly identical. For example, you can take a cheap $30 DVD or CD player’s digital output, connect with DirectStream and have sound quality unthinkable for such a poor source. Performance levels no longer are dependent on the quality of source or connections; certainly not to the degree they have been in the past. Yes, cables and sources still make a difference, but with DirectStream that difference is reduced to nearly background noise. Whatever you use to play or stream your music now sounds as good as it gets.Asynchronous high speed USBDirectStream can match up to either a computer or a home network. If a network connection is desired, there’s is the optional Network Bridge available that slides right into the rear panel of DirectStream and adds an additional input. You can also connect directly to your computer via USB. USB communication, if handled properly, can have every sound quality advantage of a dedicated CD transport or Network Bridge. DirectStream provides a fully synchronous 24 bit 192kHz path for USB based audio. Using a good quality USB cable between DirectStream and your computer, like a quiet MAC Mini, provides an instant media server that can be controlled through any number of handheld devices like an iPod, iPhone or Android using a 3d party controller program. Your music can be managed by iTunes, Bit Perfect, Pure Music or Ammara for ease of use.Polarity inversionA handy feature on DirectStream is the polarity (phase) control. This touch screen option (available on the remote as well) allows users to select normal or inverted phase for every input and for every performance. Sources and music have no standard for absolute polarity, a fact easily demonstrated by switching polarities on the as the music plays. Many Audiophiles mark their discs in phase and out of phase and are very careful to select the proper phase before playing each disc. Some CD players and sources themselves invert phase so that a disc you believe is inverted actually is correct played on a specific device and incorrect on yet another. To fix this problem you can assign each input on DirectStream to switch to the proper polarity when you activate that input. Touching this control is the same thing as reversing the loudspeaker connections of both loudspeakers (+ to -) at either the amplifier or speakers. All live acoustic music is in absolute phase but some recordings may accidentally be made inverted and should sound more realistic and pleasant when you correct their phase with the switch.Play directly into your power amplifier or preamplifierDirectStream offers the ability to play directly into either your preamplifier or power amplifier through either its balanced or single ended outputs. You can select the optimum gain setting through DirectStream’s setup menu to match your amplifier and loudspeaker’s sensitivity. If you choose to go through a preamplifier, it’s easy to set DirectStream at maximum level (or any level you wish) to match the preamp’s gain. But should you choose to eliminate the extra electronics of the preamplifier, DirectStream is more than capable of driving the power amplifier directly. DirectStream’s unique zero-loss volume control maintains full resolution bit-perfect performance at any volume setting from the lowest to the highest levels.Hear more than you ever imagined from CDsDirectStream converts everything to DSD, even PCM before delivering the music to your system. This approach, coupled with careful design, low jitter and a simple and direct signal path has the benefit of uncovering details buried in the music you may not have realized are even there. CDs come alive with subtle details that were never apparent with your older DAC; details you never knew even existed. CDs sound more like high resolution audio than you ever imagined, closing the gap between higher resolution PCM and DSD copies. No longer do you need to consider replacing your current CD library because once you hear what’s truly on your discs, you may not need to consider upgrading to a higher resolution copy at all. Yes, it is that obvious and significant.
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AYON AUDIO STEALTH DAC - BEST IN HIGH END AUDIO AWARD W...
The Totally NEW Ayon Audio Stealth DAC - DSD is Here! THERE IS NO BETTER DAC SYSTEM IN HIGH END AUDIO ! 6 MONTHS SAME AS CASH FINANCING AVAILABLE ! 1-2-3 YEARS SAME AS CASH FINANCING AVAILABLE! - 0% FINANCING RATE - NO FINANCE CHARGES. COME VISIT OUR WORLD CLASS SHOWROOM IN SCOTTSDALE ARIZONA Ayon Audio is pleased to introduce the distinguished “Stealth” DAC, pre-amplifier with DSD. The dual differential gain stage is composed of 2 high performance tubes per channel. The Stealth DAC features a high performance, high capacity power supply for the analog output stage with tube “bridge” rectification, choke coupling and two oversized power transformers. The sound is powerful with fantastic bass speed, extraordinary dynamic wide open sound stage, airy, detailed and holographic. The new vacuum tube based DAC-PREAMPLIFER, a star is born and offers an outstanding price/performance and value. Specifications Digital/Analog Converter - Ayon Stealth Conversion rate 192kHz / 32 bit & DSD 5.6Mhz/128 Tube complement – Analog output 6H30 Dynamic range > 120dB Output level 1 kHz / Rms 0-10V Output impedance Single-Ended-RCA ~ 300 Ohms Output impedance Balanced-XLR ~ 300 Ohms Digital input 1 x S/PDIF, 1 x AES/EBU, 1 x Toslink, 1 x BNC, 1 x USB, 1 x I2S, 3 x BNC for DSD Analog line input/output RCA Analog output RCA & XLR S/N ratio > 120 dB Frequency response 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2dB Total harmonic distortion 1kHz
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ACCUSTIC ARTS GERMANY TUBE DAC II MK2 AWARD WINNING!
PRISTINE CONDITION SHOW UNIT FULL 3 YEAR WARRANTY - AS NEW! The Absolute Sound Award Winner - Accustic Arts Germany Global Award Winning Products 6 MONTHS SAME AS CASH FINANCING AVAILABLE ! 1-2-3 YEARS SAME AS CASH FINANCING AVAILABLE! - 0% APR - NO FINANCE CHARGES COME VISIT OUR WORLD CLASS SHOWROOM IN SCOTTSDALE ARIZONA PRICE PROTECTION GUARANTEE Our 90 Day Price Protection Guarantee assures our clients of our continued commitment to full satisfaction and delight. Should you find any Hi Fi product we offer from an Authorized Dealer in the USA for a lower price than the price you paid to us, we will gladly refund to you the difference plus 10% of that difference. Open 7 days, 10am to 8pm Ocean West USA Tube Audio - Since 1976 Please call 1-800-676-1085 Sales X2 USA + Canada 1-323-657-5993 International 52-55-8525-6102 Mexico www.usatubeaudio.com What do the Reviewers have to say: THERE IS NO BETTER AUDIO PRODUCT AT ANY PRICE! 3 Year Warranty! The ACCUSTIC ARTS® TUBE DAC II – MK 2 A) The philosophy of the TUBE DAC II – MK 2 The ACCUSTIC ARTS® TUBE DAC II – MK 2 is an outstanding, highly precise digital to analog converter layouted in a so called “Tube-Hybrid” concept. This concept combines the advantages of the solid state technology with the advantages of the tube principle, however without the specific disadvantages of tubes. To use the advantages of this concept to full capacity, a very elaborate, digital signal processing was integrated, which only enables the extraordinary precision and musicality of this Tube-Hybrid concept. The TUBE DAC II - MK 2 is the ACCUSTIC ARTS® reference in the high end D/A converter segment and intended for the music lover who appreciates the precision of digital sources, yet doesn’t want to abandon the outstanding sound of top analog units. The TUBE DAC II - MK 2 is therefore the perfect solution for “audiophile gourmets”, who do not so much care about superficial grandstanding but are looking for a maximum of precision, authenticity and musicality. Preferably the TUBE DAC II - MK 2 should be operated with a high quality CD transport, for example the brilliant ACCUSTIC ARTS® DRIVE II. B) The digital signal processing of the TUBE DAC II - MK 2 1. A brief overview During the development of the digital signal processing great importance was attached to highest precision and attention to detail, which is why an improved method compared to the currently common “upsampling principle” has been implemented. Digital signal processing: First of all an extraordinary precise digital receiver is being used for reception of the incoming digital signal (for example from a CD transport, a computer or notebook), processing and routing of same to an elaborately designed 32 bit Microcomputer. This excellent Microcomputer is the heart of the digital section in the TUBE DAC II – MK 2 and, apart from a high precision quartz crystal-oscillator, also contains a 32 bit digital filter and 26(!) parallel operating processors (so called multiplying processors). The multiplying processors are scanning the incoming signal and finally calculate two digital 32 bit signals, one for the right and one for the left channel. All digital operations are therefore taking place with the accuracy of true 32 bit instead of the otherwise standard 16 to 24 bit. The following conversion of these two 32 bit signals into analog signals is taking place in two separate D/A conversion chips, and therefore also completely discrete by channel and of highest precision. The resulting two analog signals are finally processed by an elaborate filter circuit in accordance with the Tube-Hybrid concept and leave the TUBE DAC II – MK 2 either via balanced XLR-outputs or unbalanced RCA outs. 2. The digital signal processing in detail A common upsampling D/A converter scans the digital input signal, for example from a CD with a frequency of 44.1 kHz, with a higher frequency (e.g. 192 kHz sampling rate). Indeed the individual time segments between the scans are getting very short by this means and the accuracy is increased, however as a matter of principle all upsampling methods have the disadvantage that with higher frequencies the noise is also increasing significantly. This unwanted noise has to be removed afterwards by the usage of filters, which again can lead to sonic interference of the music signal. The 32 bit Microcomputer of the TUBE DAC II – MK 2 is also recomputing the digital input signal, however with superior and more elaborate technology in comparison with the common upsampling principle. This works as follows: The digital input signal with a maximum word length of 24 bit which has been received and processed by the digital receiver is now first of all undergoing an 8-times oversampling Now follows the key step, as this signal is now scanned parallel thus exactly simultaneously by the means of the integrated 26 multiplying processors. From these 26 single values the processors then compute an absolutely precise digital signal with the resolution of true 32 bit by the usage of the so called mean value method. The accuracy achieved by this method is significantly superior to the upsampling principle. In addition to that nearly no high frequency noise is generated, which is why there is no need to use high frequency filters, which would interfere and change the music signal in the high frequency range and have a bad influence on the sound. But that’s not all! The integrated 32 bit digital filter of the Microcomputer operates absolutely isochronal for both the right and the left channel. This is possible because 2(!) data lines are used for the new computed 32 bit signal and not just one data line as usual. (For comprehension: When using only one data line there is always a minimal time difference between right and left channel which can lead to an unnatural acoustic pattern.) The following conversion from the digital into an analog signal is taking place completely separated for the left and the right channel and as mentioned previously 100% isochronal. To fully utilize these advantages, two D/A converter chips are used, one for the right and one for the left channel. C) The analog signal processing: The tube-hybrid concept Apart from the very elaborate technology used for the conversion of the digital into an analog signal, the analog signal processing is based on a Tube-Hybrid concept. In this concept the tube is used only where it makes sense physically and soundwise, which is the second stage of our analog filter stage, a so called “GIC filter”. The advantages of a tube in this filter circuitry: - very high impedance - very high bandwidth - very low distortion factors and a “good-natured” distortion spectrum - “analog” and very precise sound performance We use only tested and additionally hand selected dual triodes. The tubes are run more than 100 hours in a special lab test prior to delivery. After completion of this lab test the unit is tested again by our Audio Precision® test system. During development of this concept it was additionally paid attention to the fact that the working points of the tubes are set automatically and without readjustments. E.g. even after an exchange of tubes it is “plug and play”. The typical disadvantages of tubes are eliminated with this concept. The following impedance conversion stage operates with the world-wide renowned Burr Brown® amplification chip OPA627®. Totally 10 pieces of this exclusive and extraordinary amplification chips are being used in the TUBE DAC II – MK 2. The TUBE DAC II – MK 2 provides balanced XLR-outputs as well as unbalanced RCA outs. The balancing is accomplished by means of OPA627® chips. TUBE DAC II-MK2 highlights Audiophile reference D/A-converter with a so called "tube hybrid" concept Special and unique 2 x 32 Bit / 192 kHz technology with simultaneous digital signal processing, separately for right and left channel 7 digital inputs: - 3 inputs (2 x COAX, 1 x TOSLINK) optimized for HD playback up to 192 kHz - 1 USB input optimized up to 96 kHz - 3 inputs (XLR, COAX, BNC) optimized for lower frequencies up to 48 kHz 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 perfect distortion spectrum - "analog" and sound performance of outstanding precision Easy exchange of tubes without any adjustments ("plug and play") Professional Class A output stage using technology derived from studio engineering All components are of outstanding quality (e.g. 10 pcs Burr Brown® OPA 627) and additionally selected 2 premium quality rotary switches with gold-plated silver 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) Extremely stable and resonance optimized housing, primarily made of massive aluminium plates; turning knobs made of massive and chromed brass ACCUSTIC ARTS® TUBE DAC II-MK2 is "Handmade in Germany" Should you find any Hi Fi product we offer from an Authorized Dealer in the USA for a lower price than the price you paid to us, we will gladly refund to you the difference plus 10% of that difference. Open 7 days, 10am to 8pm Ocean West USA Tube Audio - Since 1976 Please call 1-800-676-1085 Sales X2 USA + Canada 1-323-657-5993 International 52-55-8525-6102 Mexico www.usatubeaudio.com
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Canary Audio KD-2000 Tube DSD DAC Digial to Analog Conv...
Display unit in like new condition. Comes with full factory warranty and Free domestic ground shipping. Ship directly from manufacturer in factory sealed packaging. The KD-2000 Tube DSD D/A converter is specially designed for those who like to play their music digitally without sacrificing sound quality. Utilizing the very finest technologies and uncompromising design, the KD-2000 is capable in offering the widest DSD and PCM support with highest sampling rate. Recently reviewed by Srajan Ebaen at 6moons.com Dual ESS SABRE ES9018 chip were used, one dedicated chip per channel, offering a true dual mono operation. Each ES9018 incorporates eight individual D/A converters in Dual Differential coupling for optimal performance State of the art custom designed USB chip. The USB input is compatible with following audio formats via PC/MAC. PCM: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192, 352.8 and 384 kHz, up to 32 bits. DSD64 and DSD128 via USB (DoP): 2.822, 3.072, 5.644 and 6.144 MHz. User selectable digital filters are available, making it possible to select the optimum sound quality to suit the individual piece of music. A fast or slow finite impulse response (FIR) digital filter and a 50, 60, or 70 Hz Infinite Impulse Response (IIR) digital roll-off filter can be selected. In addition, a digital phase-locked-loop (DPLL) filer is also available. Sophisticated tube buffer section with the use of two carefully selected 6922 vacuum tubes. Built in volume control of a highly refined design wih user adjustable volume level and left and right channel output level. Two fully isolated and separated power supplies for the analogue and digital sections. Dual audiophile grade custom wound toroidal transformer (epoxy potted) were employed, one per each channel. Additional EI transformer was used for tube buffer section. Six digital inputs are available: 2 x Coaxial (S/PDIF), 1 x I2S, 1 x optical (TOS-Link), 1 x AES/EBU and 1 x USB. Two high-quality analogue outputs, 1 x symmetrical (XLR) and 1 x asymmetrical (RCA). Fully compatible with Apple IR remote control (not included).
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Mojo Audio Mystique NOS AD1865N-K DAC Demo Sale!
The most analog-like presentation possible from a digital source. No digital filters, noise shaping, upsampling, oversampling, or error-correction algorithms. Direct-coupled analog output stage with no coupling capacitors or output transformers to limit bandwidth or color the sound. Our DAC preserves rather than interprets the digital signal. __________________________________________________________________________________ Built around Analog Devices' famous AD-1865N-K R-2R ladder DAC chip. Decodes High-Definition 24-Bit 192kHz files through a USB Input. 45-day no-risk audition and 5-year warranty. Demo Unit in like-new condition. __________________________________________________________________________________ Error prevention vs. error correction: To eliminate bit read errors, our power supply incorporates over 237,000uf of capacitive filters and seven Belleson ultralow-noise high-dynamic regulators that independently isolate each stage of IC chips. The analog output stage is direct-coupled to provide the most linear and extended frequency response possible by eliminating output coupling capacitors and transformers that narrow bandwidth and cause phase and time distortion. Because algorithms can't appreciate music: With no digital filtering, digital noise shaping, upsampling, oversampling, or error-correcting algorithms, our digital signal path is the purest possible. This is not true of many so-called non-oversampling designs that still incorporate algorithms for noise shaping and error correction. Unparalleled harmonic coherency: Unlike most non-oversampling designs that use a single logic gate for demultiplexing the left and right channel signals, our circuit assures 100% phase and time coherency between channels by using a bank of six logic gates to perfectly align the bits of the left and right digital words to the same clock cycle. And to assure the smoothest possible phase transition, the left and right channels both have an independent circuit that adjusts the voltage of the most significant bit (MSB) at the zero voltage crossing. __________________________________________________________________________________ Specifications: Built around Analog Devices' legendary AD1865N-K R-2R ladder DAC chip. Converts 24-bit 192KHz high-resoltuion music files that are input via USB. Direct-coupled analog stage with no capacitors or transformers in the output. Left and right channel digital word synchronization to ensure perfect phase and time. Independently adjusted MSB for the L and R channels at the zero voltage crossing. Over 237,000uf of capacitance and 7X Belleson ultralow-noise regulators. Balanced noise-canceling power transformer and ultrafast soft recovery diodes. Lab grade filtered IEC plus multi-stage AC filtering - extremely tolerant of line noise. Convertible 4-point or 3-point Sorbothane feet or spikes for resonance control. High-performance circuit board mounted Furutech FT-903(R) RCA connectors. Field convertible to any international voltage from 100VAC to 250VAC. __________________________________________________________________________________ Professional Reviews:__________________________________________________________________________________ Excerpts from the review of our Mystique DAC by Henry Wilkenson: "After listening to the Mystique for a short while, my initial impression was distinctly analogue quality of the sound." "There was no glare or hard edges to the sound rather; it was rich and laid back." Go to "Audiophilia" to read the full review.__________________________________________________________________________________ Customer Reviews:__________________________________________________________________________________ I have owned the Mystique for about 6 weeks now, and thought I’d add my two bits to Henry’s fine review. I agree with his comments except for one quibble. Where he states “If you are looking for the most extended treble, the deepest bass…. you’ll have to look elsewhere.” My reference points are the Lampizator, Level 4, Gen 4, which I owned for 1.5 yrs., and the Berkeley Alpha DAC (*not* the new Ref series), which I demoed while demoing the Lampy. I found the Berkeley unit very good but it sounded “HiFi” — i.e., something about the presentation always reinforced the perception of listening to recorded music. The Lampy definitely brings home the guts and glory of live music and is a real tribute to the passion of Lukasz Fikus, Mr. Lampizator. Only with the coming of the Mystique did I start to realize where those ultimate pockets of musical nuance and articulation resided, the Lampy didn’t go to those places. Instead, there was a subtle “scrim” or sonic signature, if you will. When it comes to Henry’s reference to “extension” — the Mystique delineates the frequency extremes with the same crystalline force it does everything in between. To me, it seems like listening to a mike feed — the feeling is like a whole bunch of electronics between me and music was removed. More so — by a fair margin — than the Lampy or the Alpha DAC. As for the lack of bells and whistles, I’m totally on board with Ben on that. Kit should be heard and not seen. ;<] – David Z., USA (Comment on Audiophilia) __________________________________________________________________________________ Hello, I think I was one of the first owners of the Mystique DAC, and certainly the first in my country (France). I live with it for 3 months now, and I can say it’s a marvelous piece of pleasure for anyone who’s not searching the most versatile stuff in Earth. It only has 1 input, 1 pair of outputs, no screen, no selectable upsampling, no DSD, no remote of other funny things. It’s small, makes only MUSIC, up to 192KHz (enough for 99% of us I believe…). Analog like, no harshness, but all details you want/need. It reminds me the very nice Counterpoint DA10 with Rapture Card I owned a few years ago (maybe 3 times the price of the Mystique...in the 90’s), same character but with « more » things. More details, bigger imaging and « body » to the music. This Counterpoint was a reference 20 years ago, I think the Mystique can be a reference today, for the price and much higher. I’ve never heard a better DAC yet, but I cant’ honestly say it’s THE best, as I’m not really in high-end…only compared with other deemed stuff like the Metrum Hex or with my precedent one, a Dangerous Source with external PSU and also external clocks. Both at least 50% more expensive if you consider the total price of the boxes, and less natural than the Mystique. One other thing I can say now, is that I can hear much more clearly differences between good and bad masterings in my system. This DAC has not really a sonic signature for me: it’s very « neutral » to my ears, and I’m used to studio stuff (only active pro speakers for the other part of my system). But it doesn’t means that bad recordings are inaudible, just that I can much better hear every instrument, and the way there were recorded/mastered. With XLR outputs and a fully balanced build, I believe Ben could have some success with masterings studios (Apogee, RME, Antelope reference’s DACs or many great pro Brands don’t make better stuff, just much more inputs/outputs for engineering purposes…) With Mojo Audio, small and un-ostentatious things means only Music. You can’t get wrong with this one. – Jeff., France (Comment on Audiophilia) __________________________________________________________________________________ Ben: After burning in the Mystique for a while, I went back to my old DAC for a comparison tonight and it was easy to decide to keep the Mystique. [added: My current DAC was a Red Wine Audio Bellina - battery powered NOS DAC. In the past, I've had a Neko Audio D100Mk2 and Eastern Electric Minimax.] What I used to think was great sounding now sounded muddy and diffuse, with the Mystique easily cutting through that fog, giving a clearer picture on the performers and their intent. Cool. – Mike A., NC (Audiogon feedback) __________________________________________________________________________________ My path to optimum sound via Mojo Audio's Mystique DAC has not been a straight line. I did not purchase this product directly but rather was involved in listening tests during the DAC's development and refinement at the home of head Mojo Benjamin Zwickel. I previously had Benjamin upgrade an MHDT Renaissance DAC [that was] about ten years old [that] I won on an EBAY auction, and the improved sound of that device was astounding on my Apogee Diva main system. Ben invited me to do a series of listening tests as he perfected the design of the Mystique DAC with various upgrades. Over a period of several months I was invited to Ben's living room to hear the next evolution of the Mystique. Eventually I fell in love, and when Ben went to production on the final Mystique design, I asked him if I could buy the prototype board. It looked like a science project, which in a sense it was, and i couldn't be happier! Lets begin at the conclusion: the Mojo Mystique DAC is the most transparent DAC I have ever listened to music through, creating an analogue like sound that is unsurpassed by any other digital equipment i have ever owned. It is a pleasure to listen to, non fatiguing, musical, detailed and dynamic. It is my reference digital gear at this point. I have had very expensive Sony ES CD players, top of the line Marantz players, a very good Monsoon audio Dac, and others, but the Prototype Mystique Dac i listen to on my main computer USB out rig is clearly the most enjoyable! This DAC is NOS, using nonoversampling chips that fly in the face of most new DACs on the market. The Mystique DAC is very revealing, garbage in garbage out, but it is not so cruel to streaming music as to make it impossible to listen to. MP3s and Apple Lossless files sound very good through it. Upgrading digital sources to FLAC is revelatory, giving the music glorious textures, tone and spaciousness that rivals my SOTA Sapphire vinyl source. I wouldn't say it makes all my upsampling DACs sound like toys, but it definitely creates a different kind of listening pleasure which makes them second or third choices to listening through the Mystique. I haven't gone all the way yet and created a Mac Mini server to maximize my digital world. But I’m seriously thinking about it, because the Mystique has revealed that digital can indeed rival analogue is musical delicacy power and sound stage. Bravo MOJO AUDIO!!!!! – Dr. Blue, NM __________________________________________________________________________________ Hello Ben, I'm currently hearing my system with your Dac, and it's really quite impressive. I believe there's also a "burn in" after what it will someway improve even more ? The first impression is the huge width, and the "flesh" (my English words are not so good...), no aggressiveness at all. I think it's what the vinyl lovers calls "analog". – Jean-Francois, France __________________________________________________________________________________ The Mojo Mystique [DAC] review (or, how I learned to stop worrying and stop oversampling…) I’ve been using a prototype of the Mojo Mystique DAC a few months now, and I have some impressions. The rave recommendation by Dr Blue (drblueinnewmexico on Head-Fi) piqued my curiosity. I had the Peachtree GrandPre, which my research had shown was well regarded in the audiophile community and was well reviewed, both as a preamp and a DAC. But, audiophilia nervosa struck (as did my inability to resist bargains), so I went for it. So, when I decided to review, I figured I’d do it like the reviewers in those audiophile mags do, describe the sound, and compare to a known reference. I’d use albums I liked musically and sonically. I started with Aimee Mann “@#%&*! Smilers”, the tracks “Phoenix” and “Borrowing Time”, Sarah Vaughn “How Long Has This Been Going On” (XRCD), the title track, and Guy Van Duser & Billy Novick’s cd, “Every Little Moment”, a demo disc if I’ve ever heard one. (They play guitar and clarinet respectively). I’d already gotten some comments from my wife and a friend on how live the clarinet sounded through the system. To get to the heart of the matter, the tubed Mojo [DAC] is rich sounding, layered, great vocal rendition and instrumental texture presentation. Vocals are particularly well served on the Mojo; they are lifelike, lush, and very present. It portrays the sound stage with depth, and preserves great “pace” (as the Linn people used to stress), gets me tapping the toes/dancing moronically, to my family’s amusement. The Peachtree’s presentation is slightly wider, not as deep, more “dry” sounding. Certainly not bad, in fact I was fine with it before I got the Mojo, but it’s a tad more clinical and less involving. Listening to the Mojo to “Every Little Moment”, the sound and feel of air being blown through the clarinet is tactile, and Van Duser’s playing has the edge and warmth nylon string guitars have. Sarah Vaughn’s lush voice and inimitable vocal calisthenics are intense and rich, her swoops ethereal. Compared to the Peachtree, drums more snap, cymbals more bite and body. Maybe it’s the non-oversampling DAC, as Ben says, doing no harm to the fragile digital signal. Maybe it’s the tube amplification, or choice and matching of other parts. Beats me, I just listen. My ears tell me something is really right, though. It certainly provides good value in the realm of affordable (for high end audio) DACs. – Jack S., NJ __________________________________________________________________________________ I started my Mojo journey with the Mojo Lucent ICs which were simply the best I had heard at the time as compared to anything that wasn’t out-of-this-world costly. I was using a Chris Johnson modified Benchmark DAC (with the Burson discret output stages) with the music server and was loving it. The modified Benchmark is an analog sounding music maker – way better than the stock Benchmark. In fact, the modified Benchmark literally made the stock DAC unlistenable and this is no exaggeration. And the stock DAC is considered a reference by a number of reviewers! Since my experience with Mojo had all been positive and none of what Benjamin had told me regarding his products had been exaggerated, I decided to try the Mojo DAC. Glad I did. Whether it is the lack of upsampling or the lack of sound degrading filters or the superior parts used, the DAC was a move up from the modified Benchmark – in some very important ways. The Mojo DAC was more detailed, dynamic (by a small amount), much more organic and simply more musical. The Mojo DAC just presents the music in a way that to the ear and brain is simply right – more like real music. Hard to define, but you know it when you hear it. Interesting enough, prior to the Mojo DAC, I greatly preferred Amarra in my system, but after the Mojo DAC, I prefer Audirvana with its bit-perfect, unadulterated signal. I think this may be a nod to the way the Mojo just lets the music flow without any need of software manipulation. I always recommend the Mojo DAC (and its other products) to anyone auditioning anything even close to their price range. I don’t see how anyone can go wrong when Mojo Audio give you 45-days to audition their products. – Owen S., FL __________________________________________________________________________________ Needless to say I was fairly impressed with Ben's power cords; so much so that I asked him to modify my MHDT Havana DAC. I sent it to him and he immediately informed me I needed to sell my DAC and demo his latest creation. I went to Ben's home with the intention of being underwhelmed by big words and decent tunes. The differences between this...DAC and the Havana were night and day. The Mojo Audio DAC was more refined, lower noise, bigger, bolder and more organic. These babies weren't even in the same league. Ben has since upgraded the DAC about 5 times, each time sending me a new iteration to test and evaluate. The latest version having transformed..to a piece of gear that could be lived with for a good long time. At this DAC's price point it is a truly wonderful piece of gear. I can say from experience that the Mojo Audio DAC is very much competitive with the best out there. I found that the Mojo DAC easily bested Musatex Bitstream, Bel Canto, Benchmark, and PS Audio Perfect Wave all of which I've had fly through my system. – Ryan M.,NC (Owner, Core Audio Technology) __________________________________________________________________________________ Rarely can I say I've been so impressed with a company or their products. After I replaced all the power cords in my system with the Mojo I tried his interconnects. Same results. I sold off my high end wires used and had money left over. Ben had been telling me about a DAC prototype he was working on. I've been a vinyl guy for many years.The big reason I have a digital system is I can't find the new music I like on vinyl so I don't have a choice. All I can say is the Mojo DAC sounds more like analogue than anything I've ever heard. In some ways it actually sounds better than vinyl and in some ways not quite as good. In any event, I don't find it a compromise to buy CDs anymore. I've had some big names like the Benchmark DAC1, Consonance Droplet, Shanling 200 (with level 2 upgrades), Wadia, Accuphase, Teac VRDS, and even some modified vintage gear that weighed as much as a boat anchor and had a Philips TDA1541 chip in it. They were not even close to Ben's DAC. Ben tells me he's working on a DAC that play native 24/192 files and will also be non-oversampling and have a USB input. He says it should be out some time next year. I told him to put my name at the top of the list to buy one. Every product I've bought from Mojo sounds natural, musical and coherent just like they say. With a 30 day money back guaranty and 90 day upgrade option its a real no brainer. – Rooney, Pittsburgh, PA__________________________________________________________________________________
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Danish Audio Design Dac 20 out of this world
SPECIAL OFFER ! ! ! brand new from company(last two dacs) Retail $7000+shipping Now $2700 including shipping. Buyer pays PayPal. The Danish Audio Design offer a very special price on last two Dac 20 that will be build Dac 20 was the previous top of the line from the company(exept for Tube 10 reference) DAC 20 single ended klass A. "out of this world" This dac is more dynamic than example Zanden 5000 This will be one of the the last dac 20 that will be build from DAD. Delivery time 4-7 weeks. Rca and xlr output. You can choose: 2 inputs (if you decide fast) 110v or 220v will be build for you and matched with amp. Price includes 3 years warranty and shipping worldwide. This dac beats example Zanden 5000 Audio note topmodels at doubble price!!! This is a handmade dac It’s based on different technologies, from the solid state and the tube world. The DAC 20 gives an analogue output of 2.5V RMS. And have a fully balanced output as well. The power supply is based on best quality regulators LT317 / LT337 for the analog section, and LP2951 for the digital part. The High Voltage supply is base on a tube rectifier, and chokes. This gives a clean and noise free power supply. The construction is feed from five different windings from a well over dimensioned transformer. And several different supplies are included on the PCB making a clean and stable supply for each circuit. The output stage is made of a single ended class A design, base on a single transistor
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Resonance DAC Plus DAC Plus USB 3 filters plug and Play
outstanding Canadian made USB DAC. it kocked my socks of with jaw dropping sound, Inner detail no harsness listening fatigue. Have 2 but only 6momths old. limited use.
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AYON AUDIO STRATOS - DSD DAC AWARD WINNING 7 YEARS RUNNING
COME VISIT OUR WORLD CLASS SHOWROOM IN SCOTTSDALE ARIZONA - ASK ABOUT HOW YOU CAN FLY AND STAY FOR FREE TO COME AND VISIT OUR BEAUTIFUL STORE IN SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA - TO AUDITION GEAR. WE HAVE OVER 25 LIVE SYSTEMS FOR YOUR AUDITION. CAN'T COME OUT TO VISIT? WE MAKE IT EASY, ASK ABOUT OUR IN HOME AUDITION PROGRAM, IF FOR ANY REASON YOU ARE NOT FULLY SATISFIED, WE WILL PICK UP THE RETURN SHIPPING. WE HAVE NEVER HAD ANYONE RETURN AN AYON STRATOS DAC DSD, THEY ARE THAT NICE! THAT IS HOW CONFIDENT WE ARE THAT YOU WILL LOVE THE AYON STRATOS DAC DSD. (Continental US only) The Absolute Sound - Award - "The Bugatti of Audio" Best of Show winner 7 years in a row! Reviewers say: "Better Than Vinyl" 6 MONTHS SAME AS CASH FINANCING AVAILABLE ! 0% APR - 1-2-3 YEARS SAME AS CASH ALSO AVAILABLE! 0% APR NO FINANCE CHARGES PRICE PROTECTION GUARANTEE - COME VISIT OUR WORLD CLASS SHOWROOM IN SCOTTSDALE ARIZONA Our 90 Day Price Protection Guarantee assures our clients of our continued commitment to full satisfaction and delight. Should you find any Hi Fi product we offer from an Authorized Dealer in the USA for a lower price than the price you paid to us, we will gladly refund to you the difference plus 10% of that difference. Open 7 days, 10am to 8pm Ocean West USA Tube Audio - Since 1976 Please call 1-800-676-1085 Sales Ext 2 - USA + Canada 1-323-657-5993 International 52-55-8525-6102 Mexico www.usatubeaudio.com TAS EDITORS’ CHOICE AWARD THE SHOW NEWPORT WINNER! AWARDED CES "BEST OF SHOW" AWARD AWARDED "BEST OF SHOW" RMAF DENVER AWARDED "BEST SOUND OF SHOW" SALON SON IMAGE SHOW MONTREAL CANADA, BEST SOUND THE SHOW NEWPORT, BEST SOUND AXPONA, BEST SOUND NY AUDIO SHOW ! Ayon Stratos - VACUUM TUBE Ayon Audio is pleased to introduce the new audiophile “Stratos “ reference DAC. The Stratos is also prepared for computer playback and general DSD professional audio use. The quad differential gain stage is composed of 2 high performance tubes per channel. The Stratos DAC features a vastly overrated, high capacity power supply for the analog output stage with tube “bridge” rectification, choke coupling and two oversized power transformers. The sound is powerful with fantastic bass speed, extraordinary dynamic, airy, finely detailed and outstanding 3D holographic. The Stratos offers an uncompromising build and reference sound quality level in every aspect. Features & Design Full-featured Tube D/A converter Class-A triode vacuum-tube output stage for single-ended & balanced operationSignal Path We believe that the simplest circuits work best together with the shortest signal path. That is why our pre-amplifiers to date have used single-ended pure class-A circuitry. The shorter the signal path is, the less possibility of sonic degradation from various sources, including the wire itself. Even on the circuit boards, the copper traces are kept to a very minimum length. The completely redesigned circuit board provides a more straightforward and direct approach to the signal paths. Logical sequenced soft-start power up for extended tube life Warm up function 0dB negative feedback (of any kind ) Ultra short signal path Simplest direct circuit path for purest musical sound and high reliability Low output impedance for driving long runs interconnect to an amplifier, and any tube or solid state power amp No solid state devices in the analog tube output (signal path ) Minimal discrete wiring for optimum signal propagation No followers or buffers in the signal path High quality parts throughout Fully hand assembled to insure the highest level of craftsmanship Separate analog output stage for left and right channel Analog inputs ( single-eded and fully balanced) All digital inputs Internal hardware PCM upsampler for CD sources to 24/192K (can be disabled) Native 192kHz PCM and DSDx128 conversion Ultra-low jitter internal clock generator USB input (24/192 asynchronous and DSD) Power SupplyThe power supplies have been further refined with new components and enhanced AC line noise filtration. Separate power transformer windings and filters provide total isolation between the input and output stage which makes this a pure power source and it is a critical attribute for a 6H30 output stage. We also use electrolytic capacitors with much larger storage capacity to make up for the loss in filtering when using resistors in lieu of inductors. 2 separate R-Core / Low noise – insulated power transformer for digital & analog Tube rectification Choke – filtered power supply and coupled with special film caps Innovative power supply provides a high speed energy delivery on transients Separate and isolated power supplies over each stage of amplification Regulated DC filament supplies with soft start for tube AC power line filter to avoid noise and hash from entering into the unit. 10 separate voltage regulators ComponentsThe type of parts used therefore must have a synergistic relationship to the circuit they are placed in. It is this relationship of which type of part to use where, that ranks our products apart from the mass. Selected, premium quality passive components used in all applications High speed & high quality audiophile grade coupling capacitors High quality tube sockets with gold pins Superior capacitors ( MKP 1% ) High quality – RCA & XLR jack Gold-plated industrial grade PCB Mechanical ConstructionThe high grade aluminum chassis impart a richer, more lustrous tonality with a cleaner back-ground and less hash and grain. All brushed anodized anti-vibration-resonance and non-magnetic chassis’s are fully hand assembled to insure the highest level of craftsmanship. Front panel descriptions are engraved AC phase polarity control indicator The aluminium feet are resonance absorbing types Chassis finish: black / chrome Specifications Digital/Analog ConverterAyon StratosConversion rate 32 bit, PCM up to 192k, 64xDSD, 128xDSDDAC configuration16 mono DACs to 2-stereo outsTube complement – Analog output 6H30Dynamic range> 130dBOutput level @1 kHz / Rms0-12VOutput impedance Single-Ended-RCA~ 300 Ohms Output impedance Balanced-XLR~ 300 OhmsDigital input 1 x S/PDIF, 1 x AES/EBU, 1 x Toslink, 1 x BNC, 1 x USB, 1 x I2S, 3 x BNC for DSDAnalog input2 x RCA & 1 x XLRAnalog output RCA & XLRS/N ratio > 120 dBFrequency response 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2dBTotal harmonic distortion @ 1kHz< 0.002%Remote controlYes Dimension (WxDxH) cm 48x42x11 cm 6 MONTHS SAME AS CASH FINANCING AVAILABLE ! 0% APR - 1-2-3 YEARS SAME AS CASH ALSO AVAILABLE! 0% APR NO FINANCE CHARGES PRICE PROTECTION GUARANTEE - COME VISIT OUR WORLD CLASS SHOWROOM IN SCOTTSDALE ARIZONA Our 90 Day Price Protection Guarantee assures our clients of our continued commitment to full satisfaction and delight. Should you find any Hi Fi product we offer from an Authorized Dealer in the USA for a lower price than the price you paid to us, we will gladly refund to you the difference plus 10% of that difference. Open 7 days, 10am to 8pm Ocean West USA Tube Audio - Since 1976 Please call 1-800-676-1085 Sales Ext 2 - USA + Canada 1-323-657-5993 International 52-55-8525-6102 Mexico www.usatubeaudio.com
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AYON AUDIO SKYLLA II TUBE DAC "BEST OF SHOW" 6 YEARS!
PRISTINE CONDITION SHOW UNIT! FULL WARRANY PRICE PROTECTION GUARANTEE - COME VISIT OUR WORLD CLASS SHOWROOM IN SCOTTSDALE ARIZONA The Absolute Sound - Award - "The Bugatti of Audio" Best of Show winner 7 years in a row! Reviewers say: "Better Than Vinyl" 6 MONTHS SAME AS CASH FINANCING AVAILABLE ! 1-2-3 YEARS SAME AS CASH FINANCING AVAILABLE! Our 90 Day Price Protection Guarantee assures our clients of our continued commitment to full satisfaction and delight. Should you find any Hi Fi product we offer from an Authorized Dealer in the USA for a lower price than the price you paid to us, we will gladly refund to you the difference plus 10% of that difference. Open 7 days, 10am to 8pm Ocean West USA Tube Audio - Since 1976 Please call 1-800-676-1085 Sales Ext 2 - USA + Canada 1-323-657-5993 International 52-55-8525-6102 Mexico www.usatubeaudio.com “Reference triode tube DAC with integrated Preamp” Ayon Audio is pleased to introduce the superb Skylla DAC featuring a fully balanced digital and analog design. In its digital section, four Burr-Brown PCM -1704K DACs are arrayed in a true differential dual mono configuration. The differential gain stage is composed of two 6H30 high-current tubes per channel. The Skylla DAC features a vastly overrated, high capacity power supply for the 6H30 analog output stage with tube “bridge” rectification, choke coupling, three oversized power transformers, two for the analog and one for the digital section. The Skylla`s sound is rich and detailed, highly transparent and holographic, the resulting sound field representing an complete, realistic reproduction of the recording, a life-like mirror-image of the original performance. The Skylla DAC provides audiophiles with a new, exalted level of digital playback experience, comparable only to the best available analog sources. The Skylla II produces a fast tight bass, warm fluid mids, super smooth highs! If this is not the finest DAC you have ever heard - Send It Back! Features Full-featured true balanced D/A converter with preamp function. Pure Class-A triode vacuum-tube output stage for single-ended & balanced operation 4 x 6H30 triode tubes, precise quad matched / Russia 4 x 6X4 tube rectifier Upsampling 24/192kHz Bur Brown D/A Converter ( 4 x 1704K ) Purist design and shortest possible analog signal paths Separate analog output stage for left and right channel Gold industrial PCB High selected, best quality passive components used in all applications Fully hand assembled to insure the highest level of craftsmanship Beautifully crafted high grade 12mm aluminium-brushed, black anodized chassis Central one-point earth grounding Tube “bridge” rectification, choke & stabilized power supply Dual choke – power supply and coupled with special film cap AC filtered power supply Superior noise reduction – film caps 3 noiseless R-core power transformers Audio circuit boards are anti- resonance-damped mounted Warm up function – extends tube life time 2 Line Input for analog sources 6 Digital input (2 x SPIDF, USB, I 2 S, AES/ EBU & Toslink ) for digital sources 2 Digital output ( AES/EBU & SPDIF) 2 Analog output ( RCA & XLR ) 0-9V variable and designed also to drive a power amp directly too. Volume RC Input RC Display dimmer & mute function Absorber aluminium feet with superior damping characteristics Silver / OIL capacitors ( MKP 1% ) Heavy duty RCA gold-plated input jacks Neutrik/Swiss - XLR chassis connectors AC~ Phase control indicator Metal remote commander Chassis finish : black Specifications: Digital/Analog Converter Ayon Skylla Conversation rate 192kHz / 24 bit Tube complement – Analog output 4 x 6H30 Tube complement - Power Supply 4x 6X4 Dynamic range > 110dB Output level1 kHz / Rms 0-9V variable Output impedance Single-Ended-RCA ~ 300 Ohms Output impedance Balanced-XLR ~ 300 Ohms Digital output S/PDIF & AES/EBU Digital input 2x S/PDIF, AES/EBU, Toslink, USB, I2S Analog output RCA & XLR Analog input 2 x Line In (RCA) S/N ratio > 1 10 dB Frequency response 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2dB Total harmonic distortion 1kHz
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