ARMATURE Asterion (Holo Spring) R2R Balanced XLR DAC 24bit/384khz DSD512

ARMATURE Asterion R2R Balanced XLR DAC 24bit/384khz USB 3.0 XMOS

The Asterion Frame is designed with great precision in a clean aluminium finish. Every detail and every aspect of the Asterion matches the expectations of the most discerning audiophile. The Asterion Armature Asterion DAC will distil limitless musical pleasure in 24bit 384khz and DSD 512.

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Armature Asterion

DAC 24bit 384kHz I2S, Dual Conversion PCM & DSD, R2R linear compensation technology

Armature asterion

The Asterion Frame is designed with great precision in a clean aluminium finish.

Every detail and every aspect of the Asterion matches the expectations of the most discerning audiophile. The Asterion Armature Asterion DAC will distil limitless musical pleasure in 24bit 384khz and DSD 512.

Fully discreet, high-precision DAC technology

armature asterion r2r

The heart of the Asterion features digital analog conversion with over 256 high-precision resistors in R2R linear compensation mode. Each bit of high and low weight is saved to bring what makes the very meaning of music. Every inflection, every detail contributes to the musical message in its veracity. Supported by an Altera MAX II processor that lowers the jitter to the limit of measurable, the Asterion Armature DAC respects the digital flow without any aggressiveness, favouring timbre and balance with a coherent and realistic sound scene. In addition, the Asterion offers NOS, PCM oversampling and DSD oversampling modes that perfectly adapt to all musical styles.

armature asterion dsd dxd

Genuine 100% native R2R DSD conversion

armature asterion r2r dsd natif

Unlike many DACs, even the most advanced R2R technology, the Asterion Armature has a separate R2R DSD section from the PCM section and therefore dedicated resistors providing real DSD conversion close to the original signal. The Asterion demonstrates its ability to read both 32-bit PCM 384kHz and DSD 512 signals (256 under Windows) with the highest technological capability.

A clever mix between digital and analogue, truly symmetrical

armature asterion numérique et analogique

Truly top-of-the-range, the Asterion is fully balanced from conversion output to analog balanced XLR connectors. The analogue section consisting of Vishay MKP 1871 capacitors has operational input amplifiers and a discrete line buffer stage in pure class A class A entirely in discrete transistors.

This results in a strong current rejection and immunity to noise, followed by a class A stage renowned for its musicality, the speed of its impulse response and low counter reaction.

USB input that respects your music


An analog output stage is nothing without a high definition high performance digital input. The Asterion Armature's USB input interface features the latest generation of XMOS U208 processor, four times the power of a traditional XMOS. This USB card also implements digital galvanic isolation by double isolating bridges, freeing itself from the noise delivered by your computer. It guarantees a lower jitter which is then processed by the ALTERA MAX II processor.

Separately regulated low noise power supply

armature asterion alimentation faible bruit

The oversized power supply of the Asterion DAC Armature has a symmetrical shielded transformer for the digital parts and a "Torus O TYPE" transformer with low magnetic radiation of 100VA. This contributes to the great stability of the sound image and sound scene of this exceptional DAC.

armature asterion schéma
  • A: Conversion section R2R PCM and separate DSD conversion section
  • B: Capacitor power supply section VISHAY MKP
  • C : Low drift high speed diode cross section
  • D : Analogue conversion stage hybrid voltage current conversion PDO and discrete class A hybrid voltage conversion stage
  • E : Class A transistor analog buffer stage
  • F : Digital input board with ALTERA MAX 2 PCM and I2S with isolation (on SPDIF)
  • G : USB digital input card with double galvanic isolation
  • H : A toroidal transformer for analog, a shielded transformer for the digital part

Armature Asterion review by Qobuz

" The Armature Asterion DAC is a very beautiful realization using an exclusive DAC board representing a certain technical prowess. "
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Technical characteristics

Digital inputs
HDMI LVDS I2S (Audio-GD compatible)1x
RCA Coaxial PCM1x
BNC 75Ω PCM1x
Optical Toslink1x
XLR AES/EBU 110Ω1x
USB XMOS U2081x
Digital outputs
Symetrical XLR 4.5V1x
Asymmetrical RCA 2.5V1x
Specifications
SNR126dB @ 1000Hz
THD-112dB on 2.5V
High precision dual clock-
Supported sampling rates with RCA, Toslink, BNC et AES/EBUup to 24bit 192kHz
Supported sampling rates with I2S et USBup to 32bit 384kHz
General
Dimensions430 x 300 x 55mm
ColorBlack
Case materialAluminium
Weight8.5kg
Power Supply230V

Mapping I2S / LVDS
A synthesis of main IIS on LVDS pinouts mapping is available here.
 
Data sheet
InputUSB 3.0
InputSPDIF
InputI2S via HDMI
InputUSB-B
InputUSB XMOS
InputXLR
InputOptical
InputBNC
OutputRCA
OutputXLR
DAC ChipR2R LADDER DAC
Max sampling rate384kHz
ColorBlack
Components / ChipDAC R2R
MaterialAluminium
Channel2 channels (Stereo)
 
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