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DAC v2 Series

DAC v2 Series

Based on our immensely popular, multi-award-winning original DAC series, our new DAC v2 series is like an upgraded "classic". At the heart of the v2 series are the remarkable new ESS Sabre 9026PRO, 9028PRO and 9038PRO chips. These new chips offer many significant improvements over their predecessors including higher SNR, more filters and next iterartion of ESS' HyperStreamDAC technology. Additionally, the new v2 series will feature fully-balanced circuitry, hi-res PCM and 4x DSD-capability, upgraded architecture and updated casework with anthracite gray as an option. 

DAC-1v2

The DAC-1v2 sports the new ESS Sabre 9026PRO chip, regarded as one of the best price-to-performance DAC chips in the industry. Play high-res PCM files up to 32 bit/384 kHz as well as 4xDSD files via the galvanically isolated USB input. Add to that our proprietary discrete output stages, a hefty, balanced power supply, automatic oversampling for precise output filtering and all the necessary inputs and outputs to accommodate any digital source. The DAC-1v2 is the new standard-bearer for cutting-edge design at an affordable price.

DAC-2v2

At the heart of the DAC-2v2 is remarkable new ESS Sabre 9028PRO chip. This new chip is a significant improvement on the former flagship 9018S chip in many ways and we're pleased to offer it in the newly redesigned DAC-2v2. Combined with our proprietary discrete output stages, which optimize sonics, the DAC-2v2 delivers the most accurate and musical sound.

The back of the DAC-2v2 supports a host of digital connections. In addition to Coax, Toslink, and AES/EBU, the DAC-2v2's USB connection supports PCM files up to 32-bit/384kHz and utilizes galvanic isolation to eliminate computer noise from the audio signal completely. You can also choose to use the balanced I²S input that when mated with our PCOCC HDMI cables and a compatible source, yields unmatched sound quality. 

Integer mode compatibility allows direct communication between the signal source for bit-perfect playback in Mac systems. Additionally, the DSD interface is driverless for Mac and Linux platforms, ensuring seamless installation. A simple driver install is needed for USB streaming from PC systems. 

With its built-in volume control functionality, the DAC-2v2 allows audiophiles with 100% digital systems to completely eliminate the need for a pre-amp, reducing signal processing and increasing transparency. Of course, the preamp section is fully defeatable for those with preamps that they prefer to use. The DAC-2v2 offers audiophiles the clearest window into their music and a truly sublime listening experience.

DAC-2v2 SE (Coming soon)

Our flagship, special edition DAC-2v2 SE builds on the DAC-2v2 and is a tour-de-force in DAC technology and a bonafide reference product by any standard. The new top-of-the-line ESS Sabre 9038PRO is at its core, providing unparalleled performance and the industry's highest dynamic range (DNR). 

Enhancing the already stellar performance of our DAC-2v2, the DAC-2v2 SE includes an array of highly upgraded components: Vishay Z-Foil resistors, ultra-low noise discrete regulators, ultra-fast recovery Schottkey diodes, premium grade inductors, green OLED display and a premium upgraded fuse. The culmination of these enhancements is refined audio performance down to the minutest nuances.

Delivering the highest quality audio of our digital-to-analog convertors, the DAC-2v2 SE is like the DAC-2v2 on steroids! As with all our DAC v2 products, the DAC-2v2 SE is both an incredible performer and a great value for your dollar, easily outclassing DACs 3-4x the cost. With the DAC-2v2 SE, you will enjoy simply the best sound from your music system.

Femto grade clock option (Already included in DAC-2v2 SE model)

Accuracy and overall quality of the master clock are crucial to obtaining optimum sound quality. The standard clock is no slouch but you now have the option to upgrade to the highest grade component available in its class. Implementation of this femto grade clock optimizes audio quality by lowering phase jitter by over 80% as well as greatly reducing phase noise in the digital circuit. Clocks of this grade are typically found in DAC's retailing for $5K or more! The DAC-2v2 SE model comes with this clock standard and for a modest fee you can select the upgraded clock during the checkout process for either the DAC-1v2 or DAC-2v2 models.