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DAC-2 DSD

 

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When we built the DAC-2, we knew technology would change quickly. That’s why we armed our flagship digital-to-analog convertor with upgradable digital, output and USB boards allowing it to evolve with technology.

As with the DAC-2, the heart and soul of the DAC-2 DSD is the 9018 ESS Sabre DAC, widely considered the best in the business. From there, we gave the DAC-2 DSD the added capacity to flawlessly stream DSD64 and DSD128 files via USB. With an onboard USB to I²S platform that delivers digital information directly to the D/A convertors, the DAC-2 DSD offers critical listeners jitter free transmission of data.

We increased the DAC-2’s USB PCM resolution to 32-bit 384kHz and added galvanic isolation to eliminate computer noise from the audio signal completely. Integer mode compatibility allows direct communication between the signal source for bit-perfect playback in Mac systems. Additionally the new DSD interface is driverless for Mac and Linux platforms, ensuring seamless installation. A simple driver install is needed for USB streaming from PC systems. The DAC-2 DSD means you can be confident that the ultimate USB technology is built into your DAC!

DAC-2 DSD Upgrades:

  • Asynchronous USB input supports up to 32-bit 384kHz PCM and DSD64 + DSD128
  • Improved audio quality through USB input
  • USB 2.0 compliancy & ASIO 2.2 (Drivers support for Mac and Linux systems)
  • Galvanic isolation
Standard DAC-2 Features
  • ESS Reference audio (ES9018) 32 bit DAC
  • W4S proprietary discrete output stages for optimum sonics
  • ESS Time Domain Jitter Eliminator®
  • Automatic oversampling for precise output filtering
  • Fully balanced design with balanced and unbalanced outputs
  • Upgradable Digital, Output, and USB boards (designed for future improvements)
  • Oversized toroidal transformer for solid and noise-free power
  • 88,000uF of filtering with W4S low ESR "super-cap" (same as used in the STP-SE)
  • VFD display for input, sample rate, volume control, and configuration viewing
  • Remote control with features such as balance control and phase inversion
  • Defeatable - 32 bit volume control
  • HT Bypass inputs (selectable via DC trigger)
  • 2x Coax inputs
  • 2x Toslink inputs
  • 1x AES/EBU input
  • 1x Balanced I2S input via HDMI cable (not standard HDMI cable format)
  • 24-bit 192kHz Asynchronous USB input
  • Proprietary drivers for 32/64 bit Windows XP, Vista, 7 and Mac OS 10.4, 10.5 , 10.6, 10.8, 10.9 (BETA)
  • Factory selectable mains  115/230VAC
  • Compact size (8.5"W x 4.125"H x 13.5"D)
  • 14 lbs.
  • Covered by a 5 YEAR WARRANTY (original purchaser)
  • Typical THD+N 20-20kHz (A-weighted): <0.006%
  • Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz: ± 0.075db
  • S/N Ratio: >115db
  • Crosstalk: >98db
  • Noise (A-weighted): < 7µV
  • Noise: < 10µV
  • Balanced Output Level: 5.2V (14.2db gain)
  • Unbalanced Output Level: 2.6V (8.2db gain)
  • Output Impedance: 100Ω
  • Channel Tracking: < ± 0.50db

 

Wyred 4 Sound DAC-2 Digital-to-Analog Converter (TAS 210)

I have yet to hear any USB DACs under $1500 that I like better
Steven Stone
— the absolute sound

Wyred 4 Sound DAC-2 Digital to Analog Converter Reviewed

you should mate whatever you want to the DAC-2 and move on with your life, for it's that good.
Andrew Robinson
— home theater review

Wyred 4 Sound DAC-2 Digital-to-Analog Converter

The W4S DAC-2 was easy to set up, easy to use, and sounded fabulous.
Vade Forrester
— Sound Stage! HI-FI

Wyred 4 Sound DAC-2 Digital-to-Analog Converter

it provides fine detail and superb resolution perfectly integrated with musicality.
Frank Alles
— Stereo Times

Wyred 4 Sound DAC-2

Wyred DAC2 makes for a remote-controlled modern music source that not only slaughters legacy digital on convenience, it should sonically outperform any $3.000 CD player you care to name.
Srajan Ebaen
— 6moons

The Wyred 4 Sound DAC-2: Let's All Get Totally Wired

I don't know what kind of filtering the W4S DAC-2 uses but, as Goldilocks said, "It's just right". Like I said, I'm buying the demo.
Andy Schaub
— Positive Feedback Online