This compact and elegant DAC incorporates an ES9028Q2M chip and an output stage built around a pair of operational amplifiers OPA111. The device shines by its sound finesse as much as its ease of use: all its basic functions, from power on/off to source selection and volume control are accessible from a sober and stylish façade.
Ideal for small and medium sized installations, DAC3 can be connected to three sources at the sale tule (Optical, Coaxial, USB) and switch from one to another with a single button touch. The DAC will be able to handle digital flow from TV, a media platform / game console and a streamer / computer to centralize the decoding process to a single amplifier or powered speakers.
XMOS USB and DAC SABRE ESS 9028Q2M
The DAC3 uses a ES9028Q2M chip and a USB XMOS interface, two reference components for high fidelity applications. They provide support for PCM audio formats up to 192kHz / 24-bit and DSD (native) up to DSD128.
The USB interface allows the use of the DAC as an external sound card connected directly to a computer or even a smartphone OTG compatible. A USB-B cable to micro-USB with USB-C optional adapter is supplied for this purpose.
Volume control and headphone output
A rotary knob on the front panel allows you to control very easily the volume of the output signal.
The front panel also has a 3.5mm headphone jack connector. The latter is far from trivial, since the headset circuit benefits from the same treatment as the output stage and can thus drive headphones from 32 to 150Ω.
Fine output stage
The DAC3 carries two high performance and low noise operational amplifiers OPA111 (FET) at the core of an output stage capable of delivering up to 5V with a very low distortion (<0.001%).
The unit provides an unbalanced output on RCA connector and a balanced output on XLR-3 connector. It can thus be used with advanced audiophile installations while remaining scalable.
DAC (digital to analog converter)
Optical x1 Coaxial x1 USB x1
Stereo RCA (unbalanced) XLR-3 stereo (balanced)
Sampling rate supported
PCM: up to 192 kHz 24-bit DSD: up DSD128 (native)
145 x 50 x 110 mm
USB-A to USB-B cable 1.5m
USB-B cord to Micro-USB 1m
Micro-USB female adapter to USB-C Male
Max sampling rate
Max sampling rate
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