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.
- 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