Parasound ZDAC V2

Parasound ZDAC V2

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Product code:Parasound ZDAC V2

DAC and Headphone Amp

Why buy a separate DAC? 


For casual music listening, the DACs inside your players do an adequate job of converting digital files into sound.


But what if you want more than just adequate sound? Do you own a high-performance audio system or a good set of headphones? Then adding an external DAC may be just the ticket to better sound.


 With their advanced processors and electronics, separate DACs convert your digital audio files with greater precision and accuracy than most built-in DACs. They let you experience your music with better clarity, finer detail, and more sonic realism.


Zdac Features

  • Premium Analog Devices AD1853 24-bit/192 kHz Digital to Analog Converter IC
  • All inputs feature jitter reduction and are re-clocked and up-sampled to 422 kHz / 24 bit
  • USB input for playing music from PC or Mac (driver-less for easy setup)
  • Asynchronous sample rate conversion for all inputs including the USB input
  • Works with any format file on your computer up to 96 kHz / 24 bit
  • Works in variable volume mode in Windows® for connecting direct to a power amp (no preamp needed)
  • Optical and Coaxial digital inputs for use with any standard digital connection
  • RCA unbalanced and XLR balanced analog outputs
  • High current headphone output with volume control can drive any headphones from 32 to 600 ohms
  • Oversized internal toroid power transformer (not a wall wart like many competitors)
  • Will always power back up to the same input in the event of an AC power outage
  • Available in Silver or Black (Rack mount option available for Black units)

New features for the version 2

  • Analog volume control for RCA and XLR outputs
  • Separate volume control for the headphone Jacks
  • Digital audio connection to Lighting jack equipped Apple® devices (USB adapter required)
  • Updated headphone amp with increased gain
  • 1/4" and 1/8" 24k gold plated headphone jacks
  • 12V input and output triggers
  • Volume control lock out switch
  • Black finish now available w/o rack mount holes
Supports Incoming Digital Word Lengths
  16 bit - 24 bit
Supports Incoming Digital Sampling Frequencies
Opt & Coax 8 kHz, 11.025 kHz, 16 kHz, 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz.
USB 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz and 96 kHz
Upsampling Frequency
  422 kHz / 24 bit (all inputs)
USB Streaming Controller
  Texas Instruments TAS1020B
Sample Rate Converter
  Analog Devices AD1895
D to A Converter
  Analog Devices AD1853
Headphone Amplifier
  Texas Instruments TPA6120
Frequency Response
  20 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.2 dB
Channel Balance
  < 0.05 dB, 20 Hz - 20 kHz
Channel Separation
  > 95 dB, 20 Hz - 20 kHz
Signal to Noise Ratio
  110 dB, A-weighted
THD + Noise
  < 0.015 %
Audio Output Level, RMS (maximum)
Unbalanced Variable 2.4 V
Balanced Variable 4.8 V
Unbalanced Fixed 2.2 V
Balanced Fixed 4.4 V
Output Impedance
Line out 160 ohms, unbalanced or balanced
Headphone out 10 ohms
AC Power Requirement
  110-130 VAC 60 Hz or 220-240 VAC 50 Hz (voltage is selected on the chassis bottom)
Operating 10 watts
Standby < 1 watt
Width 8.5" (220 mm)
Depth 10" (254 mm)
Height 2" (51 mm) with feet, 1.75" (45 mm) without feet
Net 5 lbs (2.3kg)
Shipping 8 lbs (3.7kg)

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