DACs

DACs

Digital signals are the norm these days, but if you actually want to hear them, then you need to convert them to something your ears understand. A DAC takes those pulse codes and converts them to silky smooth audio. Nearly every device has one built in though, so why do you need another one? Simply put, the process of converting the signal isn't as straight forward as you think. A better DAC produces a better signal to feed the rest of your chain.

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  • Auralic Altair G1 Streaming DAC/Pre-amplifier

    ALTAIR G1 has received several updates from both the G1 and G2 series of products. It
    now uses the ESS 9038Q2M DAC chip, providing you with more detail and resolution than
    ever before. To match the higher levels of performance available from this new DAC chip,
    the analog circuitry received design and parts upgrades and an improved layout for a
    balanced presentation.

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    $4,795.00

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  • PS Audio DirectStream Upgrade Kit

    Provided in store free of charge when you purchase the DirectStream upgrade kit Upgrade your PWD to a DirectStream.

    Built in Boulder Upgrade your PWD I or II to both Stereophile and Absolute Sound magazines’ product of the year, the new DirectStream DAC. Simple to install, includes complete instructions. Once the PWD’s insides have been removed and replaced with the DirectStream kit, your PerfectWave DAC will be identical to a new DirectStream.

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  • Cyrus Dac XP Signature

    Cyrus DAC X+ Open and musical. An amazing DAC & Pre Amp in it's price range, offering maximum detail without fatigue. I borrowed this gem for a few days connected it to my Leema, Sonus Faber system and fell in love all over again. Like all of the best Cyrus gear, adding the optional PSX-R will result in significant improvment, more than justifying its cost. Learn More

    Regular Price: $5,999.00

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  • Marantz SACD30N ... the Model 30 CD player and streamer

    This is something of a reincarnation product but with rather cutting edge digital disc and streaming tech . . Made in Japan with love. Physically the SA30 is actually gorgeous, the photos don't do it justice, it really exudes a quality aesthetic presence. In combination with the matching amp it is a piece of Hi Fi art that will make people who know nothing about stereo want to go and fondle it inappropriately ...

    StereoNet on the Model 30 release 

    Marantz UK site for the SACD30 

    "Hi-Fi News" loves the Model 30 

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  • Marantz SA12SE CD Player and DAC

    Marantz CD players have often been the port of last call for that particular customer that is searching for music in a digital realm where everything measures well but is post apocalyptically sterile to the listening. There is also that small but significant in our fanatics base of people for whom SACD is the only answer. And for them these high end Marantz players are the go to product for real quality and realisation of the potential of the format.

    This new piece of kit has been voiced and refined by the Marantz dream team sound engineers and is an excellent external Digital to Analogue Converter for your other digital sources.

     

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  • PS Audio DirectStream DAC ($1540 extra for Bridge II streamer)

    There are only a few left of these units at a special price. All are black units. These are now a finished model.

    We're huge fans of the digital magic that the folks over at PS Audio weave. From the first moment we heard the Perfect Wave, we knew there was some black magic under the bonnet. Now with the DirectStream, PS Audio have taken it to another level, producing one of the most fluent music communicators we've heard in quite some time.

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    Regular Price: $8,395.00

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  • Yamaha CDS 3000 CD Player ... smooth angel disc spinner

    Every now and then you get a piece of high fidelity that oozes high class as soon as you touch it, The Yamaha 5000 series preampifier and power amplifier have this quality in spades and so does this the highest ranging CD Player in the range of Yamaha high fidelity kit.

    In the trade we can go a long way on the tactility of a product as a real assessment of its build quality, That and the less than minor matter of one's reaction to a component's particular sound quality are simply something that can never be realised via internet shopping. this is a device that begs to be individually auditioned.

    There is definetly a Rolls Royce feel to this device and it immediately reminds me of the original Yamaha Centennial CD Player the no compromise CDX10000 that was released in 1987 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Yamaha music products.

    The CDS3000 is also an external DAC that is a 32 bit device ...

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  • Chord M Scaler

    For the uninitiated in the digital realm of HiFi, the exact purpose and functionality of the M Scaler can seem perplexing. A unit that sits between your digital source and your DAC to drastically improve the digital signal....isn't it all ones and zeroes at that stage? How can you make ones and zeroes better?

    Well, it's all about the Taps...the digital Taps that is. Taps refers to how many times and therefore how accurately the unit revisists the algorythm that's going to create the analogue Wave Form from the sample rate that's given by the source. Normally DACs would perform this function themselves but no DAC, not even Chord Electronics very own Dave comes even close to the amount of Taps that the M Scaler has. Normally an ordinary DAC would have a 100-tap filter, the Dave has 164,000-tap filter but the M Scaler has 1,015,808-tap filter!

    In Rob Watts own words "If you have a conventional filter with 100 taps, you will recover some of the transient information. A 100-tap filter gives you sufficiently good frequency-domain performance, but not in the time domain. . . . Every time you increase the number of taps, you improve the perception of pitch, timbre gets better—bright instruments sound brighter, dark instruments sound darker—the starting and stopping of notes becomes easier to hear, the localization of sounds get better. There is less listening fatigue—the brain has to do less processing of the information presented to it to understand what's going on." 

    And that perfectly sums up what you hear when you add an M scaler to a Chord Hugo TT2 or the Dave. It's an opening up of the musicality getting this normally step wise wave form of a CD player or 44kHz back to the most accurate analogue Wave Form you can possibly get. 

    And this is where the M Scaler is particularly special because it's the most accurate digital device out there by a long margin. And that's because of the Taps. Turn on the Taps!

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  • Auralic Aries G2.1 Wireless Streaming Transport

    ARIES G2.1 manages every connection so you can explore your entire digital universe right
    from our Lightning DS control app and take advantage of features like On-Device Playlists,
    Memory Caching, Gapless Playback and Bit-Perfect Multi-Room functionality. With a
    supercharged hardware platform

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    $8,495.00

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  • Chord Hugo TT2

    There is something mesmerising in the sound of a Chord DAC/headphone amps. The unleashing of the music in its raw tangible beauty into your living room. The space the music inhabits seems to expand the boundaries of a room like a Tardis. And the instruments and vocalists seem to come together forming this 3D image of the broader soundstage. 

    For those of us who spend far too much time listening to music, it's that feeling of being transported through time and space into where the music was performed. Like a trip in a Tardis, this is what a Chord Dac can deliver.

    And they've got all the cool flashing lights and even a port hole to look through to see naked circuitry inside! 

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  • Auralic Altair G2.1 Streaming DAC preamplifier

    The Altair G2.1 is the unit in Auralic's range that does it all. A Preamplifier, DAC and Streamer with options to put in a 2TB hard drive and even a CD ripper. 

    The Preamplifier is also a full blown analogue preamplifier. Not only does it have the analogue line and Moving Magnet phono inputs, it also doesn't simply convert these into digital signals within the chassis. Rather they are kept completely separate from the digital circuitry. Also the volume control is an analogue design based on resistive ladder construction. A less noisy, cleaner choice than other designs out there. Such all-in-one units have tended to use cheaper less fullfilling preamplifier modules that I normally recommend customers to bypass. That's not the case here.

    Also a superior power supply and thick copper shielded chassis with isolating feet mean that noise and vibrations are kept to an absolute minimum. Couple that with a pair of super accurate clocks reducing jitter and this is a unit that stands above others in its category.

    Clean, effortless sound and a unit that ticks all the boxes.

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  • Cambridge Audio Edge NQ Preamplifier with Network Player

    Cambridge Audio have excelled themselves with this preamplifier. It is a unique product with a balance of digital and analogue facilities and performance that shows genuine innovation in a product sector that is normally deliberately hidebound by convention.

    What Hi-Fi? on the Edge Preamp      https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/cambridge-audio-edge-nq

    Cambridge Audio Official site         https://cambridgeaudio.com/en/products/edge/edge-nq

     

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    $8,999.00

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  • Auralic Sirius G2.1 Upsampling Processor

    SIRIUS G2.1 operates on an open standard, upgrading both the processing power and the original performance envelope of their Digital-to-Analog Converters (DACs).

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    $11,495.00

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  • Auralic Vega G2.1 Streaming Dac

    Every aspect of the VEGA G2.1’s engineering has been designed to push the boundaries of
    sonic performance, reshaping data into vibrant musical performance. From the addition of
    integrated streaming to its unique casework, the VEGA G2.1 is transforming the idea of
    what a DAC can be.

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  • Rega Isis

    Rega, usually so famous for their excellent turn tables, have launched their new reference class CD player and it is a thing of beauty. Moving away from a naming convention of heavenly bodies (and hence Roman deities) we have something distinctly more Egyptian in the Isis. Learn More
  • Auralic Leo GX.1 Reference Master Clock (inc Premium Cable)

    LEO GX.1 is a breakthrough in digital audio system clocking — the first master clock ever
    that can feed a DAC directly with a working signal so precise we had to use new
    benchmarks to measure its performance. Wider staging, pinpoint locational accuracy, and
    an expanded dynamic range are just some of the benefits you’ll hear when you implement
    LEO GX.1’s one-of-a-kind approach to clocking that literally bypasses the traditional
    limitations of internal DAC clocks.

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    $15,995.00

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  • Audio Research DAC 9

    The DAC9 digital-to-analog converter decodes most current formats with state-of-the-art vacuum tube technology. Five digital connections - USB, RCA, BNC, AES/EBU, and Toslink - provide connectivity to all of your digital sources. Quad DAC architecture provides a balanced digital signal, wide dynamic range, and decoding resolutions from red book CD up to 384 kHz and native DSD sampling rates. A pair of 6H30 vacuum tubes are the heart of the analog circuit. Both balanced and single-ended connectors are provided for output connectivity. Native-rate upsampling and selectable digital filters allow customization of the digital signal.

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    $16,995.00

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  • Chord Electronics DAVE

    We saw this first at the Munich Hi Fi Show last May and have been greatly anticapating it's arrival. Chord have consistently broken new ground with their DAC technology and this is the top of the class in the world today. Amongst it's peers ithis is the smart and healthy sixth former who is going to get into Oxbridge without even revising, and who hopefully goes on and finds a cure for cancer. We expect great things of you DAVE. 

    Instead of traditional off-the-shelf solutions, Chord use an FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) in its high-end DACS and their own software to do all the number crunching. And DAVE is no different. This newest arrival also features a high-grade filter with enhanced processing powers and full high-res audio support, including DSD and DXD files up to 768kHz. Outputs include XLR and standard RCA connectors, plus an advanced headphone output. Inputs include USB Type-B, two optical and four coaxial digital sockets.

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  • Audio Research Reference CD6SE.... CD Player - Dac

    Sonically, the CD6SE is a stunner, uncovering new musical detail in every corner of your recordings and providing startling dynamics, both micro and macro. The top end is extended, airy and pure, while bass definition and impact are precise and powerful. The recording venues are lifelike, broad and expansive or close-up and intimate, depending on what was captured by the recording engineer. Like great analog, listening to music through the CD6SE draws you into the performance, not just the notes, with resolution and transparency that are in service of the music. Experience your music in High Definition

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  • Audio Research Reference CD9SE

    Audio Research introduced its first Reference series CD player in 2005 with the Reference CD7, then evolving into the Reference CD8. Both players received critical acclaim for their accuracy and naturalness. People still want to play their CDs, but they also want to add other digital sources such as computer audio and streaming to their music systems, so we created the Reference CD9SE CD Player/DAC. It combines the best of both, a super high-resolution compact disc player with a super high-resolution digital-to-analog converter that is stunning in its musicality.

    What Hi Fi? love it ...

    https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/audio-research-reference-cd9-se

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    $27,995.00

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